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Emma Kennedy during the final performance of As It Occurs To Me in 2011
|Born||Elizabeth Emma Williams
28 May 1967
Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK
|Occupation||Actress, writer, television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Georgie Gibbon (m. 2015)|
Early life and education
The daughter of teachers, she was educated at Hitchin Girls' School, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. At Oxford in 1987, she worked with (among others) Richard Herring and Stewart Lee in comedy troupes the Seven Raymonds and The Oxford Revue. After graduating she trained as a solicitor, and practised as a city solicitor for three years until 1995. Kennedy has said: "I was rubbish at it. People used to come in wanting to sue the pants off of someone and I'd stare at them and say 'Let it go', which isn't what you should be doing if you're a litigator."
Kennedy first met close friend Mel Giedroyc, who was appearing with the Cambridge Footlights, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988. Later she became a script editor for Giedroyc's double act with Sue Perkins, and for the Mel and Sue series Late Lunch, Kennedy worked as a writer. Kennedy presented the last series of The Real Holiday Show on Channel 4 in 2000.
She has since made appearances in TV comedies Goodness Gracious Me, This Morning With Richard Not Judy (with Lee and Herring), Jonathan Creek alongside Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin, People Like Us (with Chris Langham) and hit BBC comedy The Smoking Room, along with appearing in several of The Mark Steel Lectures, as well as in several plays and radio shows. She was also a movie reviewer on Five's Terry and Gaby Show. In addition to this, she has made several appearances on Big Brother's Little Brother.
She provided voices for The Comic Side of 7 Days and was a regular on the BBC Radio 2 comedy That Was Then, This Is Now with Richard Herring (in which she was routinely referred to as "TV's Emma Kennedy"). She appeared in the film Notes on a Scandal and also appears in the Five series Suburban Shootout and Suburban Shootout 2: Clackers at Dawn. She appeared as a regular on the popular podcast As It Occurs To Me until June 2011, when the series ended. Active in Comic Relief, Kennedy, with Emma Freud, was involved in setting up the kazoo orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall, on 14 March 2011, which broke the Guinness World record for the largest such ensemble. She also acts the voice of Becky Butters out of Strange Hill High, which is a new (to 2013) program on CBBC that uses Japanese vinyl puppets and CGI. In July 2012 she posed for Tatler in their "Out and Proud - Seven of London's smartest and loveliest lesbians" photoshoot.
Kennedy has written for radio, television and the theatre. Her first book, How To Bring Up Your Parents, loosely based on her blog, came out in August 2007. Her second book, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, recounting her childhood camping experiences, was published in April 2009. This was adapted by Kennedy as writer of the six-part BBC TV series The Kennedys, starring Katherine Parkinson, Dan Skinner, Harry Peacock and Emma Pierson, first broadcast on 2 October 2015. The comedy centres on a family living in Stevenage New Town in the 1970s, "when suburbia discovered sophistication".
Kennedy has also written children's books. Three books in the Wilma Tenderfoot series have appeared: Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts (published July 2009), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison (July 2010) and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom (November 2010). I Left My Tent In San Francisco, the follow-up to The Tent, The Bucket and Me, appeared in May 2011.
She took part in Celebrity MasterChef in 2012, winning the final, after a week of cookery based tasks, in which ex-footballer Danny Mills and TV presenter Michael Underwood also participated Her winning Celebrity MasterChef menu consisted of a starter of pea, mint and ricotta ravioli with pancetta butter and pea shoots. This was followed by a main dish of pan-fried turbot topped with samphire and served with vegetable-filled leek cannelloni, crushed roast potatoes and a beurre blanc sauce, and a dessert of île flottante – poached meringue in crème anglaise with almond praline topping and shortbread biscuits.
Kennedy is a lesbian. She had a relationship with comedian and actress Sue Perkins for five years. On 14 January 2014 Kennedy announced her engagement to girlfriend Georgie Gibbon on Twitter. They were married on 26 July 2015.
- Kennedy, Emma (5 August 2011). Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal's Revenge. Macmillan Children's Books. ISBN 978-0330535236.
- Kennedy, Emma (5 May 2011). I Left My Tent in San Francisco. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-193595-5.
- Kennedy, Emma (5 November 2010). Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom. Macmillan Children's Books. ISBN 978-0330469531.
- Kennedy, Emma (2 July 2010). Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison. Illustrated by Marc Sylvain. Macmillan Children's Books. ISBN 978-0330469524.
- Kennedy, Emma (3 July 2009). Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts. Macmillan Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-330-46951-7.
- Kennedy, Emma (26 March 2009). The Tent, The Bucket and Me. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-192678-6.
- Kennedy, Emma (1 August 2007). How to Bring Up Your Parents. The Friday Project. ISBN 978-1-905548-57-6.
- Emma Kennedy, Travel, The Guardian
- "Focus: Comedy Chameleon", The Stage, n.d.
- "The College - Famous Graduates - Emma Kennedy", St Edmund Hall website
- Adam Jacques "How We Met: Mel Giedroyc & Emma Kennedy", The Independent, 7 September 2008
- . Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- Nick Curtis "The Comic Relief celebrity kazoo orchestra", Evening Standard, 10 March 2011
- "BBC Radio 3's Red Nose Show breaks Guinness World Records title for largest ever kazoo ensemble", BBC Press Office, 15 March 2011,
- "cbbc.com". cbbc.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "We're out-and-out proud to present seven of London's smartest and loveliest lesbians in our August issue! And this is behind the scenes of their shoot - Tatler". Tatler. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "BBC One announces the cast for brand new family comedy The Kennedys". BBC. 9 March 2015.
- "The Kennedys". British Comedy Guide. 2 October 2015.
- "The Kennedys review – 70s-set sitcom stuffed with non sequiturs". The Guardian. 2 October 2015.
- "Plenty of fun and farce from The Kennedys". The Liverpool Echo. 2 October 2015.
- "The Tatler List". Tatler.
- "Celebrity MasterChef names winner". United Kingdom: BBC News. 21 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
Writer and actress Emma Kennedy has been crowned the winner of this year's Celebrity MasterChef. The 45-year-old beat former footballer Danny Mills and TV host Michael Underwood at the climax of the six-week competition.
- Dugan, Emily (1 July 2012). "Let's champion lesbians, says society mag Tatler". The Independent (London).
- "When Sally Met Sally".
- "Tatler Magazine".
- Kay, Richard (30 May 2013). "How Bake Off star Sue's love crumbled...". Daily Mail (London).
- "Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Emma Kennedy on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 December 2015.