Jayde Adams

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Jayde Adams
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Adams (center) winning Funny Women 2014
Jayde Pricilla Gail Adams

(1984-11-26) 26 November 1984 (age 34)
Bristol, England
OccupationComedian, actress, author, singer
Years active2011–present

Jayde Adams (born Jayde Pricilla Gail Adams, 26 November 1984) is a British comedian, actress, writer and singer from Bristol.[1] She's the winner of the 2014 Funny Women award[2][3] and 2016 nominee for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.


Adams started performing stand-up comedy in 2011, following the premature death from an inoperable brain tumour of her sister Jenna, with whom she competitively had danced for 13 years at her aunt's dance school in Bristol.[2][4][5] As a child, Jayde attended several youth theatre groups in Bristol, including Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre but never formally trained in acting or singing and moved to Wales in 2004 to study Drama, Theatre and Media at the University of Glamorgan.

In 2012 she was nominated by Time Out Magazine as their wildcard for The Hospital Club, London h.Club 100 Awards list of "Most Influential Person in the Arts".

In 2013 she won an audience vote for the London Cabaret Awards.[6]

On 22 September 2014 she won the main award at the Funny Women Awards at the Leicester Square Theatre.[7]

In August 2015 Adams co-hosted "Before The Morning After" with NBC featuring The Pyjama Men, Gina Yashere and Tom Stade. The segment involved Jayde finishing the show by singing Offenbach's Barcarolle from Life Is Beautiful. In December 2015, she made her TV acting debut in Russell Howard's A Gert Lush Christmas.

In October 2016, Sky Arts released Adams' Halloween Comedy Short, Bloody Tracy, written by and starring Adams and featuring Spencer Jones and Gabby Best. [8][9]

In August 2016 Jayde performed and wrote in 31, her debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, which was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. She has since been a panellist on Channel 4's comedy quiz shows, 8 Out of 10 Cats[10] and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.[11]

in 2017, she was the host for 'Say Whaaat?' on Comedy Central (UK) with US comedy troupe The Tenderloins from comedy show Impractical Jokers also featuring British comedian Russell Kane.[12] She will also be a contestant on Dave's Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit opposite Simon Gregson and host of Comedy Central's Live At The Comedy Store in 2018.

During Edinburgh Fringe 2017, for her second show Jayded, she won a further two awards with The Scottish Sun for 'Best Show' and 'Best Female Performer' and was nominated for The Barry Awards (UK) for ‘Best Performer.’ Jayde collaborated with Jerry Springer The Opera writer, Richard Thomas for a song in the show called 'No More Mrs Nice Jayde.' She transferred this show in December 2017 to London's West End, Soho Theatre with Thomas joining her every night on piano, for the finale.[13]

In 2017 Jayde performed stand up on BBC One and joined the likes of Lenny Henry, Miranda Hart, Dawn French, Graham Norton, David Tennant for Red Nose Day 2017.[14]

Sometime in 2018, she will be playing opposite Miranda Richardson as Julia Petley in Neil Gaiman's Good Omens to be shown on BBC and Amazon Prime.

Adams became the face of The Sun newspaper's Bingo TV advertisements in April 2018, featuring a cover of a grime track, Are You Gonna Bang Doe?

She will be attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 with her third show 'The Divine Ms Jayde' a homage to Bette Midler's debut album and tour in 1972, 'The Divine Miss M.

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, having performed as an Adele impersonator on the drag scene in London, Adams was asked to join several other Adele impersonators for a show the BBC were doing about impersonators. During the recording Adams walked out “I thought it was going to be this reality show." She missed out on an opportunity to meet Adele during a prank set up by the BBC and Graham Norton for 'Adele: Live At The BBC' because she didn't trust the producer's motives. [15]

She is a supporter of the LGBT community and works closely with drag performer Jonny Woo. Having started her live performance career at drag bars such as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Jayde often cites the queer community in London as the reason she found confidence after the death of her sister in 2011.[16]

In March 2018, alongside Melanie Blatt, Nicole Appleton and Shaznay Lewis from the All Saints, Jaime Winstone, John Sizzle and British fashion designer Gareth Pugh, Adams was a judge on Miss Sink The Pink 2018, an annual drag queen talent competition held at The Roundhouse in Camden.

Television acting[edit]



  1. ^ Williams, Ben (2018-02-05). "'My accent's ridiculous so it's great for comedy': standups on their home town's humour". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  2. ^ a b "Not just a funny face: Funny Women Awards winner Jayde Adams interview". Evening Standard. 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  3. ^ FunnyWomen (2014-11-03), Funny Women Awards 2014 winner Jayde Adams, retrieved 2016-12-23
  4. ^ "One Day: 'My sister's death gave me the fearlessness to become a comedian'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  5. ^ "From Asda Bemmy to BBC comedy: Jayde Adams - The Bristol Magazine Online". The Bristol Magazine Online. 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  6. ^ "London Cabaret Awards 2014: The Winners". > This Is Cabaret. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  7. ^ "Comedian who began her career by telling jokes to her dying sister to raise her spirits is crowned Britain's top woman comic". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  8. ^ "Jayde Adams is Bloody Tracy in Sky Arts Comedy Short". Funny Women. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  9. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Jayde Adams' Horror: Bloody Tracy - Sky Arts Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  10. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats - what time is it on TV? Episode 1 Series 19 cast list and preview". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  11. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - On Demand - All 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  12. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Say Whaaat? - Comedy Central Comedy - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  13. ^ "Jayde Adams". London. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  14. ^ "Opinion: Comic Disbelief – Was This Year's Red Nose Day Show A Disaster?". Beyond The Joke. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  15. ^ "Comic Jayde Adams misses out on dream meeting with Adele... after mistaking BBC sketch for reality show". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  16. ^ "Comedy review: Jayde Adams: 31". Retrieved 2018-03-17.

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