Debbie Isitt

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Debbie Isitt
Born (1966-02-07) 7 February 1966 (age 54)
OccupationWriter, film director and performer

Debbie Isitt (born 7 February 1966) is an English comic writer, film director and performer.

Early life and education[edit]

Isitt was born in Birmingham. She went to Our Lady of Fatima Primary School and Lordswood Girls Secondary School and is a cousin of the footballer Darren Wassall.[1]


Isitt's work includes her two Christmas comedy films Nativity! and Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.[2] She is also known for her Bafta award-winning teleplay The Illustrated Mum,[3] the stage play The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband and the feature films Nasty Neighbours[4] and Confetti. Most recently Isitt directed the ITV series Love and Marriage.[5][6]

Nativity!, Isitt's third feature film, starring Martin Freeman, was released in November 2009 and became the most successful British independent film of the year. The sequel, and her fourth film, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, starred David Tennant. Released in November 2012, it was a financial success, making twice the amount at the UK box office as the original film.[7] A fourth entry, Nativity Rocks!, was released in November 2018. It made less than half the earnings of the first film at the UK box office.


  1. ^ "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband being served up at Oldbury Rep". Halesowen News. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Black, Claire (13 November 2014). "Interview: Debbie Isitt - 'I'm proud to say we knocked Jim Carrey and Disney off their spot'". The Scotsman.
  3. ^ "Children vote Shrek 2 best film". BBC News.
  4. ^ "Debbie Isitt: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  5. ^ "Love And Marriage - Production Details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  6. ^ Kendall, Paul (5 June 2013). "Love and Marriage, ITV, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  7. ^ Young, Graham (17 November 2014). "Coventry film director Debbie Isitt hits back after Nativity 3 is panned by critics". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2014. Distributors Entertainment One commissioned a third movie after Nativity 2 grossed more than £10million in the UK alone.

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