Isy Suttie

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Isy Suttie
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Isy Suttie in 2007
Isobel Jane Suttie

(1978-08-11) 11 August 1978 (age 44)
Hull, Yorkshire, England
Years active2000–present
TelevisionPeep Show
PartnerElis James
Comedy career
MediumTelevision, radio, theatre, stand-up

Isobel Jane "Isy" Suttie (/ˈɪz ˈsʌt/; born 11 August 1978) is a British musical comedian, actress, and writer. She played Dobby in the British sitcom Peep Show,[1][2] and in 2013 won the gold Sony Radio Academy Award for her radio show Pearl And Dave.[3] She also provides narration on the UK television show, Posh Pawn.

Early life[edit]

Suttie was born in Hull to an English mother and Scottish father, and brought up in Matlock, Derbyshire.[4] Her mother is Jewish.[5]

From an early age, she expressed a desire to act and write. She began playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of twelve after she was refused saxophone lessons.[6] As a teenager she was a member of a progressive rock band called Infinite Drift.[7] She attended Highfields School in Matlock.[8]


Theatre, comedy and music[edit]

Suttie trained as an actress at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2000. In 2001 she composed and directed a score for Peter Weiss' play Marat/Sade at the Arcola Theatre in London.[9][10] Suttie began performing stand-up comedy in 2003.[citation needed] Her act normally consists of music, stand-up and stories, either as herself or under the guise of a character.

At the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe, Suttie was one of the acts in stand-up showcase The Comedy Zone. In 2006, she acted in Danielle Ward's Take-a-Break Tales at The Pleasance with Neil Edmond and Emma Fryer. In 2007, she performed her debut solo stand-up show, Love Lost in the British Retail Industry, which she took to Sydney Arts Festival and on a UK tour in 2010–11, and in 2008 her second solo Edinburgh show The Suttie Show. She played psycho killer Sorrow in the revival of Danielle Ward and Martin White's cult musical Gutted at the Leicester Square Theatre for two performances in February and March 2011. She took her third solo stand-up show, Pearl and Dave, to Edinburgh in August 2011. She appeared at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July 2012.

Suttie occasionally duets with folk musician Gavin Osborn and supported musician Jim Bob on tour in 2010.[11] She also appeared with Jim Bob for the fourth year of the Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People event at the Bloomsbury Theatre in December 2011.[12]

Suttie was nominated for Best Female Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards, then Female Breakthrough Artist in 2011 and Best Female TV Comic in 2014. She was regional winner of The Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition (1995) for composition, winner of the Julian Slade Songwriting Competition (1998) and Chortle Awards best newcomer nominee (2005).[citation needed] In 2013, the BBC Radio 4 version of Pearl and Dave won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award.

In February and March 2014, she starred as Phyllis Pearsall, the creator of the A–Z Street Atlas, in the musical The A–Z of Mrs P, which ran at Southwark Playhouse.[13]

Television, radio, film and podcasts[edit]

Suttie's first television writing was for two series of the popular teenage drama Skins, under the guise of "comedy consultant".[14]

Suttie appeared in the short film that accompanied the song "God of Loneliness" by Emmy The Great, alongside Shazad Latif, directed by Chris Boyle.[15][16]

She provides the voices for BBC One's Walk on the Wild Side, in addition to voicing the character of Josie The Dog in Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Penelope Princess of Pets (Channel 4 Comedy Lab). She provides voices for children's series The Revolting World of Stanley Brown.[citation needed] Suttie has also provided the voiceover for several TV commercials.

Suttie has previously appeared as a special guest on the popular podcast, Answer Me This!, in April 2013 alongside hosts Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann.

Suttie played a waitress called Kiki alongside Alan Davies in BBC Two's Whites, which aired in autumn 2010.[17] She has also made TV appearances in Holby City, as Mary Shelley in The Trouble With Love (BBC Two), as various characters in The Incredible Will and Greg (Channel 4), as Lianne in Rab C. Nesbitt (BBC), as a judge in Genie in the House and as a nurse in two episodes of Skins (Channel 4).

She played the regular character Esther Blanco in the last series of Shameless, broadcast in 2013. In January 2013, she appeared in the ITV comedy drama series Great Night Out as Bev.

She was cast as Dobby, IT geek and love interest of David Mitchell's character Mark Corrigan in Peep Show in 2008, a role that she continued to play for the remainder of the show's run until 2015.

Suttie has written and appeared in many shows on BBC radio, including her own BBC Radio 4 series, Isy Suttie's Love Letters, which began in 2013. She is also a regular presenter of The Comedy Club on BBC Radio 4 Extra and has acted in two of Tim Key's radio shows.[citation needed]

She has been on the UK team for the monthly podcast "International Waters", hosted by Jesse Thorn of She appeared on episode 2 at the end of March 2012, alongside Dan Antopolski.[18]

In 2012, Suttie voice-acted in the CBeebies show The Cow that Almost Missed Christmas alongside Johnny Vegas. The show was a one-off animation which gave a unique interpretation of the Christmas Nativity seen through the eyes of a cow called Marjorie, who Suttie voiced.[19]

In August 2013, Suttie appeared in the one-off revival episode of the television series Knightmare as Treguard's assistant Veruca/Daisy. The 26-minute episode was aired as part of YouTube's "Geek Week" celebrations.[20]

Suttie appeared in the S4C Welsh learners programme Hwb as a Welsh learner (which she is in real life) in a regular sketch called "Y Wers Gymraeg" ("The Welsh Lesson"), starring her partner Elis James.[21]

In 2014 she wrote and starred in a short film, The Best Night of Roxy's Life, alongside Philip Jackson and JJ Burnel of The Stranglers. The film tells the story of Roxy, a Stranglers superfan who meets JJ, her hero.

In September 2016, she began a six-episode run on the Channel 4 TV show Damned as Natalie, a temporary receptionist. She returned for the second series in 2018.[22] She also appeared in the sitcom Man Down as Miss Clarke.


In January 2016, her first book, The Actual One, was published by Orion. In July 2021, her first novel, Jane Is Trying, was published by Orion.

Personal life[edit]

Suttie is engaged[23] to Welsh comedian Elis James.[24] The couple have two children: a daughter, Beti, born in October 2014 and a son, Steffan, born in January 2019.[25][26] After the birth of her daughter, she developed migraine-associated vertigo.[27] In the past, she has suffered from health anxiety and OCD.[28]



Year Title Character Production Notes
2008 Love Soup Researcher BBC One Season 2, Episode 7
2008 The Incredible Will and Greg Various sketches Channel 4 TV movie
2008 Genie in the House Audition Judge Nickelodeon 1 episode
2008–2015 Peep Show Dobby Channel 4 Series 5 – 9
2009 Holby City Nancy Colcano BBC One 1 Episode
2009–2013 Walk on the Wild Side Various Voice Overs BBC One (Series 1, 2), CBBC (Series 3) Series 1, 2, and 3.
2010 Whites Kiki BBC Two Series 1
2010 Penelope Princess of Pets Josie The Dog Channel 4 TV movie
2011 Rab C. Nesbitt Leanne Curruth BBC Two Series 10, Episode 5
2012 Skins Nurse Pauline Channel 4 2 Episodes
2012 White Van Man Tash BBC Three Season 2, Episode 5
2012 The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas Marjorie (voice) BBC Two TV movie
2013 Great Night Out Bev ITV Series 1
2013 Shameless Esther Blanco Channel 4 Series 11
2013 Love Matters Bella Wright Sky Living Series 1, Episode 3
2013 Would I Lie To You? Herself BBC One Series 7, Episode 2
2013 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Herself BBC Two Series 27, Episode 2
2013 QI Herself BBC Two Series K, Episode 8
2013 Father Figure BBC One Series 1, Episode 6
2013 Comedy Blaps ACMS Presents A Board Meeting Isy, Vicky Channel 4 Episodes 1–3
2014 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Herself Dave Series 1, Episode 4
2015–present 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Herself Channel 4 4 Episodes
2016 Drunk History (British TV series) Herself Comedy Central Season 1, Episode 3
2016–2017 Man Down Ally Channel 4 10 Episodes
2016–2018 Damned Nat Channel 4 12 Episodes
2021 Question Team Herself (Guest Question Setter) Dave 1 Episode
2022 The Baby (TV series) Ruby HBO 2 Episode


The A-Z of Mrs P Original London Cast[edit]

Album Release date Label Notes
The A-Z of Mrs P 24 March 2014[29][30] SimG Productions Suttie sings in the role of Phyllis Pearsall


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  6. ^ "The Horne Section Podcast – Isy Suttie" (Podcast). Acast. 16 December 2020.
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  11. ^ "Wednesday 19 May 2010 Jim Bob". Songkick. Songkick. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People". Bloomsbury Theatre. The Bloomsbury Theatre. December 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  13. ^ "The A-Z of Mrs P". Southwark Playhouse. 2014. Archived from the original on 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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  15. ^ "THE GOD OF LONELINESS: THE NEW SINGLE FROM EMMY THE GREAT". Lost at E Minor. Lost at E Minor. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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  17. ^ "Whites". BBC Two. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  18. ^ "International Waters Episode 2: And the Prince of Thieves". 29 March 2012.
  19. ^ "CBBC – The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas". BBC. December 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
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  21. ^ "Hwb – "Y Wers Gymraeg" Pennod 1 / Episode 1 (11/03/12)". S4C via YouTube. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021.
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  23. ^ "Elis I love you, will you marry me?". Chortle. 22 February 2016.
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  28. ^ "Isy Suttie: 'I was shocked by how obsessed I became with getting pregnant'". the Guardian. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
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  30. ^ Antill, Jenny (16 March 2014). "BWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P Original London Cast Recording". Broadway World. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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