Danielle Ward

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Danielle Ward
Danielle Ward Karaoke Circus.jpg
Ward at Karaoke Circus, 100 club, 2009
Born (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 39)
Medium Stand up, theatre, radio, television, music
Nationality British
Years active 2006-present

Danielle Ward (born 9 October 1978) is a British stand-up comedian and writer.


In 2006, Ward won the Time Out's Critic's Choice award for Best Newcomer and wrote Take A Break Tales - exaggerated adaptations of women's magazine stories - in which she appeared with Neil Edmond, Emma Fryer and Isy Suttie at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The next year she co-wrote Psister Psycho - a musical about a killer robotic lesbian nun - with Martin White for the 2007 Edinburgh Festival which was a cult hit and was nominated for the Chortle Award for Best Full Length Show 2008. She was also a regular member of Robin Ince's Book Club where she performed under the guise of Andy McNabb, Heather Mills McCartney, Adam Ant and David Bowie.

Ward has written for many radio shows including The News Quiz, The Now Show, The Lee Mack Show, Look Away Now and Day the Music Died. She also wrote one whole joke for the BAFTA award winning Harry Hill's TV Burp. She is known for her dark and idiosyncratic writing and was the holder of the BBC Radio writers bursary 2006-2007. Ward also featured on Newswipe with Charlie Brooker for BBC Four. For children, Ward has written on Danger Mouse and Minnie The Minx.[1]

Ward co-presented Dave Gorman's Absolute Radio Sunday morning show from when the show started in October 2009 until its end in November 2012. Her frequent collaborator Martin White was also a long term contributor to the show.[2]

Ward also hosts "Ward and White's Karaoke Circus", a live music karaoke night at the Edinburgh Festival, The 100 Club and its regular home of The Albany.

An experienced bass player she has released three albums with Cardiff indie band The Loves. She plays guitar in Brighton indie band The Super Wolfgang.[3][4][5]

Alongside David Reed, Ward co-presents the weekly Absolute Radio film podcast, Film Fandango. The series began in November 2011. From November 2012, Ward has been in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female-cast stage production of Julius Caesar. In her absence from the Film Fandango podcast, her place was taken by comedian Marek Larwood, though she did appear alongside Reed and Larwood in the final episode of 2012 (episode 60).

Ward also hosts the Sony Award-winning comedy panel-show podcast Do the Right Thing in addition to devising and writing the comedy panel show Dilemma on BBC Radio 4.[6]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2006 Time Out Critic's Choice Award Best Newcomer Take A Break Tales Won
2008 Chortle Awards Best Full Length Show Psister Psycho Nominated



  1. ^ "Where will Minnie the Minx cause chaos next?". Bbc.co.uk. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Stephenson, John-Paul (18 November 2012). "A tribute to The Dave Gorman Show". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Danielle Ward". Danielle Ward. 
  4. ^ "Danielle Ward". IMDb.com. 
  5. ^ "Absolute Radio". Absoluteradio.co.uk. 
  6. ^ "About". Danielle Ward. 
  7. ^ "The UK's largest collection of comedians biogs and photos". Comedycv.co.uk. 

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