Bridget Christie

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Bridget Christie
Bridget Christie onstage at Crap Comedy Festival, 2017.
Bridget Christie onstage at Crap Comedy Festival, 2017.
Born Bridget Louise Christie
1971 (age 45–46)
Gloucester, England, UK
Occupation Stand-up, actor, writer
Spouse(s) Stewart Lee (2006–present)[1][2][3]
Children 2
Website www.bridgetchristie.co.uk

Bridget Louise Christie (born 1971)[1][4] is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

Early life[edit]

Christie grew up in Gloucester, England, the youngest of nine siblings born to Irish parents. She attended St Peter's Roman Catholic High School in Gloucester.[5]

In 1994 she won a three-year scholarship to study Drama at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wandsworth, London. She appeared in various theatre productions and adverts and in 2004 she began her stand-up career.[6]

Career[edit]

In 1994 Christie won a scholarship to study acting at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.[6] She began her stand-up career in 2004.

She was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year (2005), won the inaugural Funny Women Best Show Fringe Award for her show The Court of King Charles II (2007) and was nominated for the Chortle Best Breakthrough Act (2009).

In 2013 Christie won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show with her show A BIC FOR HER.[7]

The show also won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Comedy,[8] the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Show[9] and a 2014 Hospital 100 Club Award for Performance and Theatre[10] and became the top selling comedy show at Soho Theatre ever.[11]

Her debut BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, was broadcast in April 2013. It won Best Radio at the 2014 Chortle Awards[12] and a prestigious 2014 Rose D’Or International Broadcasting Award for Best Radio Comedy.[10] It was also nominated for a Radio Academy Award 2014.[13] A second series was broadcast in January 2015 and won the 2015 Chortle Award for Best Radio Programme.[14]

Her 2014 tour, a double bill of A Bic for Her and an Ungrateful Woman, won the 2015 Chortle Award for Best Tour.[14]

She was also nominated for a 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV comic for her performance on Have I Got News For You.[15]

Her debut book, A BOOK FOR HER was published by Century Random House in hardback in July 2015 to universal critical acclaim.[16]

It was one of the Top 100 Books for Christmas in The Telegraph[17] and Top Ten Comedy Books in The List[18] and Book of the Day in The Observer.[19] It was also nominated for a 2016 Chortle Award for Best Book.[20]

The paperback was released in February 2016 and the Spanish version was launched in Barcelona in March 2017.[21]

Christie also won a 2015 Red Magazine Award (Creative) and a Marie Claire Women at the Top Award (2015).

Christie has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent, and The Observer. She had a weekly column in Guardian Weekend Magazine from October 2015 to March 2016[22] for which she gained a Glamour Magazine 2016 award nomination.

Christie has appeared in several TV and BBC Radio 4 comedy programmes, including It's Kevin (BBC2), The Omid Djalili Show (BBC1), Harry Hill's Little Cracker (Sky), Anna and Katy (Channel 4), The Culture Show (BBC2), Mel & Sue (ITV), Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave). Have I Got News for You (BBC1), the Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), Room 101 (BBC1), Cardinal Burns (Channel 4), and Celebrity Squares (ITV) and This Week (BBC One) and Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (ITV).

Radio work includes The Broadcasting House Programme, Andy Zaltzman's History of the Third Millennium, The News Quiz, Miranda Hart's House Party, It's Your Round, Sarah Millican's Support Group, Loose Ends, The Fred MacAulay Show, Dan Tetsell's The 21st Century for Time Travellers, The Now Show, Heresy, Kerry’s List, It’s Not What You Know, The Unbelievable Truth, Dilemma, French and Saunders Christmas Show, Steve Wright In The Afternoon and Radcliffe and Maconie.

In May 2016 Christie recorded her debut stand-up special, Stand Up for Her (Live from Hoxton Hall), produced by Baby Cow Productions for BBC Worldwide. It was released direct to Netflix on 31 March 2017 making her the first British female stand-up on the streaming service.[23][24][25]

Podcasts include Danielle Ward's Do the Right Thing, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown, Jarlath Regan’s An Irishman Abroad, Stuart Goldsmith’s The Comedian’s Comedian, The Adam Buxton Podcast and The Penguin Podcast with Richard E. Grant.

She has written and performed 11 critically acclaimed consecutive solo Edinburgh Festival shows, The Cheese Roll, The Court of King Charles II, The Court of King Charles II - The Second, My Daily Mail Hell, A Ant, Housewife Surrealist, War Donkey, A Bic for Her, An Ungrateful Woman, A Book for Her and Mortal (later re-titled Because You Demanded It).

Because You Demanded It was The Guardian’s No 1 Comedy of the Year 2016 [26] and won the 2017 Chortle Award for Best Show.

Her last four Edinburgh festival shows have been in the Top 5 best reviewed comedy shows at the fringe and her last show, Mortal, topped a list of the best reviewed Edinburgh fringe shows according to List magazine.

As of 2017, Christie is working on her own solo projects for Channel Four and BBC Radio 4 as well as touring 'Because You Demanded It'.

Personal[edit]

She is married to fellow comic Stewart Lee.


Solo Edinburgh Fringe / touring shows[edit]

  • 2016: Mortal (later re-titled 'Because You Demanded It')
  • 2015: A Book for Her
  • 2014: An Ungrateful Woman
  • 2013: A Bic for Her
  • 2012: War Donkey
  • 2011: Housewife Surrealist
  • 2010: A Ant
  • 2009: My Daily Mail Hell
  • 2008: The Court of King Charles II – The Second
  • 2007: The Court of King Charles II
  • 2006: The Cheese Roll

Appearances in other shows[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Funny Women Best Show Fringe Award for The Court of King Charles II (2007) - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act (2009) - nominee
  • Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show with A BIC FOR HER (2013) - winner
  • South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Comedy for A Bic For Her (2014) - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Show for A Bic For Her (2014) - winner
  • Hospital 100 Club Award for Performance and Theatre (2014) - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Radio Series for Minds The Gap (BBC R4) (2014) - winner
  • Rose D’Or International Broadcasting Award for Best Radio Comedy for Minds The Gap (2014) - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Radio Programme for Minds The Gap Series 2 (BBC R4) (2015) - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Tour for A Bic for Her/An Ungrateful Woman tour (2015) - winner
  • British Comedy Awards 2015 - Best Female TV Comic - Nominee
  • Red Magazine Women of the Year Awards 2015 (Creative) - winner
  • Marie Claire - Women at the Top Awards 2015 - winner
  • Chortle Award for Best Book for A Book for Her (2016) - nominee
  • Glamour Magazine Award for Best Columnist 2016 for Guardian Weekend columns - nominee
  • Chortle Award for Best Show 2017 for Because You Demanded It - winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Comedy profile: Bridget Christie", The Guardian, 26 March 2010; accessed 15 April 2013
  2. ^ Hanning, James (9 March 2014). "Stewart Lee: Beware – this man may be only joking". The Independent on Sunday. 
  3. ^ Logan, Brian (19 August 2014). "Take my husband: Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie and the rise of comedy couples". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "International Women's Day 2013: Bridget Christie is trying her hardest to make feminism funny". Telegraph.co.uk. 8 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Jarlath Regan (16 January 2016). "Bridget Christie". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (122 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Christie, Bridget. "What On Earth Is Bridget Christie? | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  7. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (2013-08-24). "Bridget Christie wins Foster's Edinburgh comedy award". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  8. ^ Osborn, Michael (2014-01-27). "Tracey Emin and Arctic Monkeys win South Bank awards". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  9. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Chortle Awards : Awards 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  10. ^ a b Christie, Bridget. "October | 2014 | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  11. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Bridget Christie breaks box office record : News 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  12. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Bridget does the double at the Chortles : News 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  13. ^ Staff, Radio Today. "2014 Radio Academy Awards: Full Winners". RadioToday. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  14. ^ a b Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Acaster and Christie do the double : News 2015 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  15. ^ "The British Comedy Awards - The British Comedy Awards". www.britishcomedyawards.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  16. ^ Christie, Bridget. "Press | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  17. ^ "The 100 best books of 2015". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  18. ^ "Best comedy literature to buy this Christmas". The List. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  19. ^ Groskop, Viv (2015-07-20). "A Book for Her by Bridget Christie review – a hybrid of writing and performance". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  20. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Chortle Award 2016 winners named : News 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  21. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Un libro para ella! : News 2015 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  22. ^ "Bridget Christie". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  23. ^ https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80179907
  24. ^ http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2017/04/01/27212/bridget_christie_comes_to_netflix
  25. ^ http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/3791/news-bridget-christie-live-show-netflix
  26. ^ Logan, Brian. "Bridget tops Brian Logan’s top 10 comedy of 2016 | Bridget Christie". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 

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