Katherine Frances Brand
1979 (age 41–42) England
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, television writer|
|Television||Big Ass Show|
Early life and education
Motivated to read theology at Keble College, Oxford, she then lost her religious beliefs while a student. Interviewed for the Evening Standard in 2007, she commented: "After about a year, I realised it was mostly rubbish and that things are never as simple as they seem when you are 13".
After graduation, Brand did not work as a performer, gaining employment in television production for five years instead, but her social encounters with university contemporaries ultimately convinced her to try working as a comedian. In 2004 she wrote a comedy monologue, performing it around a few pubs in London before joining Ealing Live, a weekly live spot.
Brand performed in Katy Brand's Big Ass Tour 2010. She also competed on Let's Dance for Sport Relief in 2010, in which she danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Also in 2010, she made a guest appearance on the song "Stop Giving Me Verses" by The Hoosiers, which was an attempt to break the world record for longest single ever released.
In 2011, Brand took part in the BBC Learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare", where she played the role of Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and delivered a performance of the speech "Out of this wood do not desire to go".
In 2011 she guest-hosted a Children in Need special episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and has participated in several other episodes of the show. In December 2012 she participated in the 2012 Christmas Special of the dance show, Strictly Come Dancing. Her partner was Anton du Beke; they came second to last.
Brand presented the Penguin Podcast for Penguin Books until February 2021, which included interviews with authors such as Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) and Gabourey Sidibe.
She published her debut novel Brenda Monk is Funny in 2014, a story about a woman trying to establish a career as a comedian. Her debut play 3Women starring Anita Dobson opened at Trafalgar Studios 2 in May 2018 and is published by Samuel French. Her latest book I Carried a Watermelon was published by HaperCollins Publishers in October 2019.
As of February 2021[update], the comedy feature film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, scripted by Brand, starring Emma Thompson and directed by Sophie Hyde, is in the pre-production stage.
|2006||Comedy Lab: Slap (TV)||Channel 4|
|Tittybangbang (TV)||Various||BBC Three|
|Hyperdrive (TV)||Alien 2||BBC Two|
|Casualty (TV)||Jill Grainger||BBC One|
|Comedy Cuts (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Under One Roof (TV)||Various||Writer, alongside James Bachman|
|Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor||Various||BBC Three|
|2007||Peep Show (TV)||Lucy||Channel 4|
|Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive||Debbie||BBC Three|
|Placebo (TV)||BBC Three|
|2009||Good Arrows||Big Sheila|
|2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Miss Turvey|
|Let's Dance for Sport Relief (TV)||Herself||Danced to "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé|
|Argumental (TV)||Herself||Dave (TV Channel)|
|The Bubble (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Mongrels (TV)||Kali||BBC Three|
|Katy Brand vs...||Herself||ITV2|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Ask Rhod Gilbert (TV)||Herself||BBC One|
|2011||Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask||Herself||Dave|
|2014||Walking on Sunshine||Lil||Vertigo Films|
|2015||Mapp and Lucia (TV)||Hermione Pillson||BBC One|
|2016||Hank Zipzer (TV)||Kathleen Murray||CBBC, one episode "Zipzers and Aliens"|
|2019||Midsomer Murders (TV)||Jemima Starling||ITV, one episode "The Miniature Murders "|
- TVGuide. "Katy Brand's Big Ass Show at ITV". Tvguide.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Shelley, Jim (September 2008). "Mirror article". Mirror article. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Christie, Janet (9 June 2014). "Katy Brand on her debut novel and romcom musicals". The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- Dessau, Bruce (19 October 2007). "Is Katy Brand the new Catherine Tate?". Evening Standard. Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Sherwin, Adam (22 August 2008). "People: Katy Brand; Anne Hathaway; Madonna". The Times. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Bright Lights at St James'" (PDF). The Brick. 2002. p. 8.
- "Stage: What Katy did", Oxford Mail, 20 May 2010
- "Comedy: Katy Brand at The Cresset", Peterborough Telegraph, 9 April 2010
- Harries, Rhiannon (20 December 2009). "How We Met: Katherine Parkinson & Katy Brand". The Independent. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Chisholm, Kate (31 May 2008). "Space odyssey; ARTS - Radio". The Spectator. p. 54.
- "Katy Brand's official website". Katybrandlaughs.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- on YouTube (14 March 2010, BBC One)
- Porter, Alice (28 July 2010). "The Hoosiers ready 'longest pop song ever to be released in the UK'". MusicRadar. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Schools - Teachers - Off By Heart Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream "Out of this wood do not desire to go"". BBC. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Children in Need Special at IMDb
- "Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Series 22, Episode 9". BBC Two. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Series 24, Episode 3". BBC Two. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Christmas Special 2012: Strictly Come Dancing". Series 10: Episode 26 of 26. Series 10. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "The Penguin Podcast on Acast". acast. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Curtis Brown". www.curtisbrown.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- "I Carried a Watermelon by Katy Brand | Waterstones". www.waterstones.com. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- "Katy Brand". Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- "Good Luck To You, Leo Grande". Cornerstone Films. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Sophie Hyde to direct Emma Thompson in UK sex comedy". IF Magazine. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Emma Thompson to Star in Sophie Hyde's 'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande'". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "Emma Thompson set to star in Sophie Hyde's new feature, Good Luck to You Leo Grande". Closer Productions. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
- "British Comedy Awards". www.britishcomedyawards.com. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
- "Katy Brand vs". Itv.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- "WALKING ON SUNSHINE (12A)". Vertigo Films. British Board of Film Classification. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.