Liz Carr

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Liz Carr
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Born Elizabeth Ann Carr
April 1972 (age 45)
Wirral, Cheshire, England
Nationality UK
Education Nottingham University
Occupation actress and comedian
Known for acting and activism
Spouse(s) Jo Church (2010–present)

Liz Carr (born April 1972) is a British actress, stand-up comedian,[1] broadcaster and international disability rights activist, who studied law at the University of Nottingham.[2]

Career[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Carr has used a wheelchair since the age of seven due to a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita[3] and frequently refers to her condition in her stand-up as "meus thronus kaputus". She is frank about her life as a disabled person and the inherent comedy that brings — "I've had some tuts, which is fantastic... I look quite frail to some people, so it's like, 'She's talking about sex, she's swearing.' Every stereotype you didn't expect. People generally look terrified. 'Oh my God, is she going to be funny? Can we laugh at this?'".[4]

She has been part of a number of comedy groups, including Abnormally Funny People with Tanyalee Davis, Steve Day, Steve Best, Simon Minty, and Chris McCausland.

In 2007 she was runner up in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition.[1]

Carr co-hosted the BBC's Royal Television Society award winning Ouch! Podcast [5] with Mat Fraser from 2006 to 2013, and in 2011 worked as a researcher for the BBC comedy panel show Have I Got News for You.

Acting[edit]

Carr was in her thirties when she took on her first professional acting role playing Mother Courage before heading to the Young Vic with another Bertolt Brecht play, The Exception and the Rule.[6] In 2013, she joined the long-running BBC crime thriller series Silent Witness as regular character Clarissa Mullery.[7][8]

Activism[edit]

For the past 20 years, Carr has been a disability rights campaigner in the UK and has spoken at many rallies. In May 2008 she joined with ADAPT, a prominent disability rights group in the United States, to raise money for ADAPT and to protest against presidential candidate John McCain's refusal to support the right of people with disabilities to live in their own homes.

In 2011, Carr was part of a Newsnight debate on assisted suicide, following the screening on the BBC of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which included Jeremy Paxman and David Aaronovitch.[9]

She opposes Lord Faulkner's Assisted Dying Bill, stating: "I fear we’ve so devalued certain groups of people – ill people, disabled people, older people – that I don’t think it’s in their best interests to enshrine in law the right of doctors to kill certain people."[10]

Personal[edit]

Carr was born in Port Sunlight and grew up in Bebington.[11] She attended Upton Hall School FCJ in Upton, Merseyside. and Birkenhead High School in Birkenhead.[12][13] In 2010 Carr entered into a civil partnership with a woman named Jo in what Carr called "A Wheelie Special Wedding". Her father gave a speech in which he was prevented from using words like "brave". Carr and her partner danced to the Dirty Dancing theme and the local fire brigade held her, and her chair, aloft.[14]

On 10 August 2017, Carr and her personal assistant were the victims of an attack by a man armed with scissors. The assailant was subsequently arrested and detained under the Mental Health Act.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trish Gant. "Liz Carr, comedian". The UK Comedy Guide. 
  2. ^ "Time to stand up and be counted". Nottingham University. 16 January 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Silent Witness Star Liz Carr". OK Magazine. Olivia Wheeler. 21 January 2017
  4. ^ Mary O'Hara (21 June 2006). "Interview: Liz Carr". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official Ouch! Podcast page". BBC. 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ BBC
  7. ^ "Liz Carr introduces her new character, Silent Witness". BBC One. 21 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "First look: Liz Carr as Clarissa Mullery in Silent Witness". The Ouch! Blog. BBC. 
  9. ^ Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate on IMDb
  10. ^ Hannah Dunleavy (3 December 2014). "Liz Carr, Not so Silent Witness". Standard Issue. 
  11. ^ Perry, Keith (16 August 2017). "Merseyside actress attacked by man armed with SCISSORS". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "‘This has everything to do with disability’: Interview with Wirral-born Silent Witness actress Liz Carr on subject of assisted suicide - The Diocese of Shrewsbury - The Diocese of Shrewsbury". www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  13. ^ O'Hara, Interview by Mary (21 June 2006). "No fear, no frills". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  14. ^ A Wheelie Special Wedding, Liz Carr, 2010, BBC, Retrieved 21 January 2017
  15. ^ "Liz Carr: Silent Witness star attacked with scissors". BBC News. BBC. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 

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