April 12, 1977 |
England, United Kingdom
|Other names||Fran Beauman|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, presenter, historian, radio presenter, children's presenter, television presenter|
|Children||1 daughter, 2 sons|
Beauman grew up in Hampstead, London, and studied at Cambridge University, graduating with a First Class degree in History. She wrote her dissertation on the history of the pineapple.
While at Cambridge University, Beauman formed a comedy act with Ania Dykczak. They went on to host a number of British television shows, including ‘Ania, Fran and a Kettle of Fish’ (Channel 5, 2001), ‘Show Me The Funny’ (Channel 4, 2002), ‘Bring It On’ (BBC1, 2003-4) and ‘Heroes of History’ (Channel 5, 2005). Beauman was a contributor to 'My Famous Family' and 'Britain's Best' on UKTV History and also appeared as a guest panelist on 'Quote Unquote' and 'Museum of Curiosity' on BBC Radio 4.
Beauman is now a writer and historian. She is the author of the following books:
- The Pineapple: King of Fruits (2005), She is the leading expert on the history of the pineapple and has a tattoo of a pineapple on her lower back.
- The Woman's Book (2007)
- Shapely Ankle Preferr'd: a history of Lonely Hearts ads, 1695-2010 (2011). She is the leading expert on the history of Lonely Hearts ads, also known as personals.
- How To Crack An Egg With One Hand: a pocketbook for the new mother (2011)
- How To Wear White: a pocketbook for the bride-to-be (2013)
Beauman is married to film director James Bobin, with whom she has three children. She is the daughter of Nicola Beauman (founder of Persephone Books) and Christopher Beauman (economist). She has four siblings: Ned Beauman, William Lacey, Olivia Lacey and Josh Lacey.