London Hughes

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London Hughes
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London Hughes in 2012
Born1989
London, England
MediumTelevision
NationalityBritish
Years active2010–present

London Hughes (born 1989), is a British comedian, television writer and presenter.[1] She also wrote and starred in Laughter Shock, a comedy for the BBC which piloted in 2010.[2]

Early life[edit]

London Hughes was born in Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey, England. When she was younger, Hughes spent most of her spare time working on new routines with a dance crew. Her family moved to Brighton when she was aged 14.[3]

The South London teenager began writing plays for talent shows at her college. She moved back to London to study television, media and cultural studies at Kingston University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Hughes started her television career presenting daytime shows on adult TV station Babestation, before moving on to presenting the morning show for CBBC for almost 2 years. In that time she also presented live links on BBC1 and BBC2 and made regular appearances on Blue Peter and had a presenter role in children's show All over the Place alongside Ed Petrie as well as voicing characters for CBBC's comedy, Big Babies.[4] As a comedian she initially used the stage name "Miss London", changing it to "Miss London Hughes" and eventually to "London Hughes" to avoid confusion with the regional beauty pageant Miss London.[5]

Hughes won the 2009 Funny Women Award at the Comedy Store (London),[3] and has appeared on children's television such as Series 1-5 of CITV's weekend breakfast show, Scrambled! Recorded as live, Scrambled! is a mixture of chat, games and comedy sketches with the presenters interlinking between shows in the CITV schedule.[4] Hughes departed the show in 2018.

Hughes had her first feature film role in comedy It's A Lot, written and directed by Femi Oyeniran, released nationwide in 2013. London improvised a lot of the comedy material for her scenes and choreographed the numerous dance routines used throughout the film.[4]

Hughes made her BBC Radio 4 debut in August 2013 by writing and starring in her own sitcom pilot named 28 Dates Later. Loosely based on her life, the sitcom was about two girls that work in a cinema with a love of romantic comedies, but can’t seem to make their own love lives match up to the ones in the movies. She has also featured in comedy entertainment show Life: An Idiot's Guide and satirical sketch show Newsjack, both for BBC Radio 4.[4]

Hughes launched her own YouTube comedy series No Filter in 2016, written by and starring herself based on her real-life experiences in friendship and dating.[4][6]

Hughes has also featured on the Drunk Women Solving Crime podcast with writer/comedian hosts Hannah George, Catie Wilkins and Taylor Glenn[7] as well as on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, RHLSTP.[8]

She was a contestant on ITV's All Star Musical 2019 and also appeared on The Stand Up Sketch Show on ITV2 and BBC2's Mock the Week.[9][10]

In 2018, Hughes was working on developing a comedian travel show that would feature herself and Whoopi Goldberg. However, despite Goldberg having agreed to do the show, no TV channel was interested in a female-led format and the show did not get made.[5][11]

Also in 2018 she began to narrate Gym Stars, a CBBC documentary about aspiring gymnasts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy - Funny Women Finals 2009 - Miss London". BBC Online. Archived from the original on 15 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Laughter Shock - BBC3 Sketch Show - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b Rhoden-Paul, Andre. "Meet the up-and-coming TV presenter, actress and comedian from Peacehaven". The Argus. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "London Hughes The British Blacklist". www.thebritishblacklist.com. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "RHLSTP - London Hughes - 209". youtube.com. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  6. ^ "London Hughes". youtube.com. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Drunk Women Solving Crime". acast.com. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  8. ^ "RHLSTP with Richard Herring - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  9. ^ Crumlish, Callum (16 March 2019). "All Star Musicals: Kevin Clifton left RED FACED as star flirts with him after performance". express.com. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Mock The Week - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  11. ^ Khan, Coco (22 January 2019). "Comedy travel shows are a huge TV trend. So why can't Whoopi Goldberg get commissioned?". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2019.