Katherine Ryan

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Katherine Louisa Ryan
Katherine Ryan 2014.jpg
Ryan in November 2014
Born (1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 36)
ResidenceLondon, England
OccupationComedian, writer, presenter, actress
Websitewww.katherineryan.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Katherine Louisa Ryan (born 30 June 1983)[citation needed] is a Canadian comedian, writer, presenter, and actress based in the UK.[1][2] She has appeared on British panel shows including Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, A League of Their Own, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You?, QI, Just a Minute, Safeword, and Have I Got News for You. In 2015, she replaced Steve Jones as the presenter of Hair on BBC Two. As an actress, she has appeared in Channel 4 sitcom Campus,[3][4] BBC Two sitcom Episodes[5] and BBC3 sitcom Badults.

As a stand-up comedian, Ryan has appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo, both as a featured act and as a lead act. For her work, she won the Nivea Funny Women Award, and was also runner-up in the Amused Moose Laugh-Off competition in 2008.[6] In February 2017, Netflix released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble.[7][8] In July 2019, Netflix released her second live stand-up special, Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room.[9]

Early life[edit]

Ryan's father, Finbar,[10] is a draftsman and owner of an engineering company, who originally emigrated from Ireland to Canada.[citation needed] Her mother is Canadian and owns an IT consulting company.[11] Ryan and her two younger sisters were born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario.[12] The three siblings spent time in Cork, Ireland visiting their paternal grandparents.[13]

Her parents split up when she was 15.[citation needed] When she was 18 years old, she decided to leave home and chose to study city planning at the University of Toronto.[14] While attending university, she worked at restaurant chain Hooters and then began training other waitresses. She was fired from Hooters for writing on her breasts "club sandwiches not seals".[15] In her spare time she undertook open mic nights as an alternative form of personal entertainment and by graduation had developed a basic comedic routine.[11]


After graduation, Ryan continued working for Hooters as a corporate trainer, travelling around Canada to train other waitresses, and helping to open the only UK branch in Nottingham. Her partner at the time wanted to explore London, so she agreed to do so for an initial month from summer 2007, moving there permanently from January 2008.[11][2]

As a comedian[edit]

Ryan performing stand-up in 2012

Ryan first appeared on television as herself on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2012. She had previously appeared in the cast of Channel 4's Campus. On 23 February 2013, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on BBC One's Let's Dance for Comic Relief as Nicki Minaj dancing to "Starships". Ryan reached the final, and finished in fourth place.[16] Ryan was later featured on the Whitney Cummings Just for Laughs 2013 Gala that was taped before a live audience on 28 July 2013.[17][18] She has since taken new routines to the Edinburgh Festival.[11]

In 2015, Ryan replaced Steve Jones as the presenter of Hair on BBC Two. Also in 2015, Ryan became a panellist for Tinie Tempah's team on Sky 1's music/comedy panel show Bring the Noise and on the ITV2 show, Safeword.[19] In 2016, Ryan appeared on series 2 of Taskmaster. She beat Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Osman and Jon Richardson, to win the entire series.[20]

She also went on a comedy tour in 2016, called Kathbum. In February 2017, Netflix released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, featuring one of her stand-up comedy live performances on a recent UK tour.[8]

She joined Jimmy Carr in 2017, to host four series of the reboot of Your Face or Mine?

In 2018, Ryan joined American comedy panel show, The Fix as a team captain.

Other work[edit]

Ryan wrote a weekly column in the British entertainment magazine NME.[21]

On 6 June 2014, YouTube comedy duo Jack and Dean released a music video for their song "Consent", featuring Ryan in an acting role.[22]

In 2016, Ryan provided the voice of the stuck up white, odd-eyed cat and leader of The Sunshine Circle for Cats Ranceford in Disney XD and Teletoon's animated television series Counterfeit Cat.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan has a daughter, Violet, with a former boyfriend whom she had been with for three years.[23] She and her daughter live in Crouch End, London.[24]

Ryan has been open about the cosmetic surgery she has had, saying that "if everyone was transparent [about it] there would be a lot less fuss".[25][26] She had a breast augmentation in her early 20s,[27] and then a second augmentation after a relationship ended.[28]

She has faced two bouts of skin cancer.[29][30]

During the sixth episode of the first series of Comedy Central's Roast Battle, Ryan announced that she was dating one of the contestants, fellow comedian Alex Edelman. Later, in British tabloid The Sun, she said, "I don't see him but he's allegedly my boyfriend. We've been on-and-off for three years, so he's in some of my stories and then he's not. But he's definitely the best one I've ever dated."[25]


  1. ^ Moore-Bridger, Benedict; Groskop, Viv (7 August 2014). "TV comedian Katherine Ryan gives her cheating boyfriend a star role in new show". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "New Interview: Katherine Ryan". Beyond The Joke.
  3. ^ Mellor, Louisa (12 April 2011). "Campus episode 2 review: The Culling Fields". Den of Geek. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Channel 4 goes off Campus : News 2011". Chortle. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Slipping makes her smile – Arts and Comedy". The News. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Funny Women Awards head to Bath for talent show heat". BBC News. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Katherine Ryan Doesn't Bite Her Tongue". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Cheeky Comedy Doesn't Get Katherine Ryan into Too Much 'Trouble' For Netflix". Decider | Where To Stream Movies & Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  9. ^ Husband, Andrew. "Katherine Ryan Is Up For The Challenge Of Winning Over Her 'Glitter Room' Audience". Forbes. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Series 6, Episode 7". Room 101: Extra Storage. 7 September 2018. BBC One.
  11. ^ a b c d Viv Groskop (7 August 2014). "Meet the queen of confessional comedy: Katherine Ryan". Evening Standard.
  12. ^ "Comedy review: Katherine Ryan – News". Scotsman.com. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  13. ^ Was It Something I Said? (Series 1, Episode 4)
  14. ^ How She Fell Into Comedy, 28 September 2018, retrieved 9 January 2019
  15. ^ mistervincenoir (7 January 2017), The Big Fat Quiz of Everything 2017, retrieved 23 May 2018
  16. ^ Groskop, Viv (7 August 2014). "Meet the queen of confessional comedy: Katherine Ryan". London Evening Standard.
  17. ^ Duguay, Denise (29 July 2013). "Just for Laughs closes with ... sex". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Whitney Cummings Gala Press Release". Hahaha.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  19. ^ Dessau, Bruce (4 June 2015). "New Game Show For Katherine Ryan, Rick Edwards, David Morgan". beyondthejoke.co.uk.
  20. ^ "Richard Osman will take on Katherine Ryan in Taskmaster". Digital Spy. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Katherine Ryan, Author at NME". NME. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  22. ^ Jack and Dean (6 June 2014), Consent – JACK AND DEAN, retrieved 26 October 2017
  23. ^ "Katherine Ryan: In Trouble". Netflix. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  24. ^ Moore-Bridger, Benedict; Groskop, Viv (7 August 2014). "TV comedian Katherine Ryan gives her cheating boyfriend a star role in new show". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  25. ^ a b "Katherine Ryan chats working in Hooters and not being ashamed of her cosmetic surgery". The Sun. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  26. ^ Bruce Dessau (28 August 2018). "Katherine Ryan on cosmetic surgery, conquering Netflix and why her life is a Glitter Room". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  27. ^ Alice Jones (17 September 2018). "Katherine Ryan: 'I don't hate men. I'm afraid of them in a way. I know what they're capable of'". The i. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Katherine Ryan Got a Boob Job Because of Her Ex - How Many Questions". YouTube. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  29. ^ Harding, Oscar. "Exclusive interview with Katherine Ryan". What Culture. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  30. ^ "Comic Katherine Ryan looks on the bright side". Reading Chronicle. Berkshire Media Group. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

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