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

(1971-08-17) 17 August 1971 (age 50)
NationalityBritish
OccupationStand-up, actor, writer
Years active2003–present
Websitewww.bridgetchristie.co.uk

Bridget Louise Christie (born 17 August 1971)[1][2] is an English stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She has written and performed 12 Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows and several comedy tours, in addition to radio and television work. She has received British and international comedy awards and is also an award-winning newspaper columnist and author.

Early life and education[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.[3]

In 1994 she won a three-year scholarship to study Drama at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wandsworth, London.[4]

Career[edit]

Christie appeared in various theatre productions and adverts before she began stand-up in 2004.[4]

Her debut BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, was broadcast in April 2013. A second series was broadcast in January 2015 followed by a third, Bridget Christie's Utopia, in January 2018. The three series were very well received and won several radio awards including Best Radio at the 2014 Chortle Awards,[5] the 2014 Rose D'Or International Broadcasting Award.[6]

Her debut book, A Book for Her, was published by Century Random House in hardback in July 2015 to acclaim[7] from The Daily Telegraph[8] and The List[9] and The Observer.[10] The paperback was released in February 2016 and the Spanish version in Barcelona in March 2017.[11]

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.[12]

Bridget also won a 2015 Red Magazine Award (Women of the Year Awards) and a Marie Claire Women at the Top Award (2015).

In May 2016 Christie recorded her debut stand-up special, Stand Up for Her (Live from Hoxton Hall), produced by Baby Cow Productions. It was released direct to Netflix on 31 March 2017. .[13][14][15]

She has written and performed 12 acclaimed consecutive solo Edinburgh Festival shows. Her Edinburgh festival shows A Bic for Her, An Ungrateful Woman and her Brexit-themed "Because You Demanded It" was The Guardian's No 1 Comedy of the Year 2016.[16]

In 2020 she was a finalist for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) BBC Audio Drama Awards.[17]

Television appearances[edit]

Christie has appeared on several TV comedy programmes, including It's Kevin (BBC2), QI, 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) for which she was nominated for a 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV comic,[18] the Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), Room 101 (TV series) (BBC1), Cardinal Burns (Channel 4), Celebrity Squares (ITV), This Week (BBC One) and Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (ITV). In 2020 she appeared in BBC One's hit comedy Ghosts as Annie, a ghost who said four words.

Radio[edit]

Work for BBC Radio 4 and others includes Andy Zaltzman's History of the Third Millennium, Miranda Hart's House Party, It's Your Round, Sarah Millican's Support Group, The Fred MacAulay Show, Dan Tetsell's The 21st Century for Time Travellers, The Now Show, Kerry’s List, It's Not What You Know, Dilemma, French and Saunders' Christmas Show, and The Casebook of Max and Ivan. In 2019, she became curator of the museum on the Radio 4 series The Museum of Curiosity

Podcasts[edit]

Christie has appeared on a number of podcasts including 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, Literary Death Match and Spotify podcast We Need to Talk About.

Appearances in other shows[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Marie Claire – Women at the Top Awards 2015 – winner[19]
  • Red Magazine Women of the Year Awards 2015 (Creative) – winner[20][21]
  • South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Comedy for A Bic For Her (2014) – winner[22]
  • Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show with A BIC FOR HER (2013) – winner[23][24]
  • Funny Women Best Show Fringe Award for The Court of King Charles II (2007) – winner

Personal life[edit]

Christie is married to fellow comedian Stewart Lee, with whom she has two children.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comedy profile: Bridget Christie", The Guardian, 26 March 2010; accessed 15 April 2013
  2. ^ "International Women's Day 2013: Bridget Christie is trying her hardest to make feminism funny". Telegraph.co.uk. 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ Jarlath Regan (16 January 2016). "Bridget Christie". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (122 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Christie, Bridget. "What On Earth Is Bridget Christie? | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Bridget does the double at the Chortles: News 2014: Chortle: The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ Christie, Bridget. "October | 2014 | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ Christie, Bridget. "Press | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  8. ^ "The 100 best books of 2015". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Best comedy literature to buy this Christmas". The List. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  10. ^ Groskop, Viv (20 July 2015). "A Book for Her by Bridget Christie review – a hybrid of writing and performance". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  11. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Un libro para ella! : News 2015 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Bridget Christie". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Bridget Christie: Stand Up for Her – Netflix". www.netflix.com.
  14. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Bridget Christie comes to Netflix : News 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk.
  15. ^ "News: Bridget Christie Live Show On Netflix". Beyond The Joke. 1 April 2017.
  16. ^ Logan, Brian. "Bridget tops Brian Logan's top 10 comedy of 2016 | Bridget Christie". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  17. ^ "What On Earth Is Bridget Christie? | Bridget Christie". www.bridgetchristie.co.uk. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  18. ^ "The British Comedy Awards – The British Comedy Awards". www.britishcomedyawards.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Women At The Top Awards: Here's What We Learned In One Inspiring Night". Marie Claire. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  20. ^ Lunn, Natasha. "Heroines, Trailblazers, Pioneers: The Red Women Of The Year Winners". Red Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  21. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Acaster and Christie do the double: News 2015: Chortle: The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  22. ^ Osborn, Michael (27 January 2014). "Tracey Emin and Arctic Monkeys win South Bank awards". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  23. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (24 August 2013). "Bridget Christie wins Foster's Edinburgh comedy award". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Bridget Christie". Women in Humanities. University of Oxford. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Take my husband: Stewart Lee". The Guardian 2014.

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