Lucy Beaumont (comedian)

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Lucy Beaumont
BornTruro, Cornwall, England
(m. 2015)

Lucy Ann Beaumont is a British actress, writer and stand-up comedian from Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. Her act is based largely on anecdotes about Hull and the wider Northern England region.[1] She won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2012 and was a finalist on So You Think You're Funny in 2011. Her 2014 debut show at the Edinburgh Festival, We Can Twerk it Out, was nominated for that year's Best Newcomer Award.

Early life[edit]

Born prematurely while her parents were on holiday in Truro, Cornwall, Beaumont grew up in the Spring Bank area of Hull and later lived in the town of Hessle, near Hull.[2][3] Her mother is the playwright Gill Adams, who won the Fringe First Award for best new play in 1997 at the Edinburgh Festival.[4] Beaumont once worked at the meat counter of Asda on Hessle Road, West Hull. She attended Wyke Sixth Form College and went on to the University of Hull, graduating with a degree in drama studies.[3] After university, she briefly worked as a teaching assistant. When one of her first acting jobs after university fell through, Beaumont took on a job as a cleaner at the university to make a living, leading her to joke later that she was probably the only person with both a BA and an NVQ from the University of Hull.[5]


Beaumont had a brief acting career,[6] touring with Hull Truck Theatre, York Theatre Royal and West Yorkshire Playhouse.[7] She switched to comedy after she had initially tried it in an attempt to conquer stage fright[8] and was inspired by her sitcom-like life in Hull.[5] In 2009, she took part in the BBC's Northern Laughs programme,[9] where she was mentored by Jeremy Dyson.[10]

Beaumont is known for her observational comedy about her home city of Hull including the local dialect and food like patties and chip spice.[5] Her on-stage persona delivers deadpan anecdotes and has been described as "ditzily naïve".[11]

Her first gig was for the 2011 So You Think You're Funny competition,[12] for which she would later become a finalist.[13]

She co-wrote and starred in the radio sitcom To Hull and Back (2014–2018), starring fellow Hull actor Maureen Lipman. She wrote an article in The Guardian about Hull in 2015 as it prepared to be UK City of Culture.[14] In 2017, Beaumont presented the BBC Two documentary Welcome to Hull – City of Culture 2017.[15] Beaumont is also the narrator in the 2018 BBC documentary Hull's Headscarf Heroes about Lillian Bilocca and the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster.[16] Beaumont said that the story moved her especially because her grandparents and their families were "born and bred in the fishing community on [Hull's] Hessle Road."[17]

In 2013, Beaumont won the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer and appeared on BBC Three's Live at the Electric. She presented her show We Can Twerk it Out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 nominated for that year's Best Newcomer Award.[18]

Beaumont's radio sitcom To Hull and Back received a pilot on BBC Radio 2 in 2014 and a full series was ordered.[19] Three series of the show were broadcast between 2015 and 2018.[20]

She was a guest on Dave's Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled in 2015 and on the BBC Two panel quiz show QI in 2016. She has been a regular guest on Dave panel show Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, hosted by her husband Jon Richardson, in 2018 and 2019.[21]

In 2019, Beaumont returned to the Edinburgh Festival with her show Space Mam,[22] which she also took on tour in the UK.

Beaumont was team captain for the University of Hull team on BBC Two's 2019 Christmas University Challenge. Although they won their first round, the score was insufficient to advance to the semi-finals.[23] Beaumont also made her first appearance on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown alongside her husband Jon Richardson, Sean Lock, and Bob Mortimer for the 2019 Christmas special.[24]

A comedy series, Meet the Richardsons, written by Beaumont and Tim Reid was broadcast on Dave from February 2020;[25] it is a documentary-style sitcom with Beaumont and Richardson playing exaggerated versions of themselves.[26] A two-part Christmas Special aired from the 9th December 2020[27] and a second series followed in April 2021.

In 2021, Channel 4 commissioned a comedy series called Hullraisers from Beaumont, which is to be a six-part series co-written with Anne-Marie O'Connor.[28][29][30] Beaumont also released her first book Drinking Custard: Diary Of A Confused Mum, which details her struggles with her pregnancy and motherhood.[31][32]

Personal life[edit]

Beaumont married the comedian Jon Richardson in April 2015 after being match-made together by fellow comedian Roisin Conaty.[33] They have a daughter, Elsie Louise, born in September 2016. They live in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.[34]

Charity work[edit]

In 2019, Beaumont set up the project "Backpack Buddies" in Hull to help children in need of meals during the school holidays.[35] To raise funds for the project, Beaumont staged the HULLarity comedy gala in June 2019.[36]

Beaumont actively supports several UK charities, including Hull Children's University,[37] Mothershare[38] and the Great Laugh campaign.[10]


  1. ^ Latimer, Andrew (16 August 2014). "Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    - Jones, Alice (1 August 2015). "A right pair of jokers: The secrets of comedy couples". The Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ Richardson, Jay. "Lucy Beaumont: One to watch". Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Ahad, Nick (4 February 2013). "The Big Interview: Lucy Beaumont". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  4. ^ Network, The Mandy. "Jump to Cow Heaven". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    - Ahad, Nick (23 September 2011). "Hull writer goes back to her roots with three new plays". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    - "Former New Romantic to direct bad boy biopic". The Guardian. 8 November 1999. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "RHLSTP With Richard Herring podcast: RHLSTP 244 – Lucy Beaumont". 29 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ "How we met: Roland Gift & Lucy Beaumont". The Independent. 30 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Highway to Hull (and back) – the Lucy Beaumont interview". writewyattuk. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Jon Richardson's wife Lucy Beaumont reveals the strange way he proposed". Hull Daily Mail. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  9. ^ "BBC launches Northern Laughs 2009". BBC. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Comedian kick-starts campaign to boost young people's confidence". Cision News. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Lucy Beaumont: One to watch". Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  12. ^ "BBC Radio New Comedy Award – Lucy Beaumont". BBC Radio 2.
  13. ^ "Finalists & Runners up". So You Think You're Funny?. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  14. ^ Coldwell, Will (16 January 2015). "Comedian Lucy Beaumont on Hull". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  15. ^ "BBC – Lucy Beaumont explores her home city in BBC documentary celebrating the UK City of Culture 2017 – Media Centre". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  16. ^ Nugent, Helen (3 February 2018). "Preview: Hull's Headscarf Heroes, BBC Four". Northern Soul. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  17. ^ Beaumont, Lucy (5 February 2018). "The Hull women whose relentless fight protects fisherman today". iNews. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out". Edinburgh Festival List. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  19. ^ "To Hull and Back: From winning BBC New Comedy Award to Radio 2 sitcom". BBC. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  20. ^ "To Hull And Back series and episodes list". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  21. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier series and episodes list". British Comedy Guide.
  22. ^ "Review: Lucy Beaumont: Space Mam at Pleasance". Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  23. ^ Mutch, Michael (26 December 2019). "'Rude' University Challenge audience laugh at Lucy Beaumont's degree". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    - "BBC Two - University Challenge, Christmas 2019, Semi-Final 1". BBC.
    - "BBC Two - University Challenge, Christmas 2019, Semi-Final 2". BBC.
  24. ^ "Christmas Special 2019". Channel 4. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  25. ^ "Dave orders sitcom starring Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont". British Comedy Guide. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont welcome Dave into their home…sort of". 11 June 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  27. ^ "UKTV's Dave Channel Sets UK Premiere Date For 'Meet The Richardsons' Christmas Special". 18 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Channel 4 announces new comedy Hullraisers, from Lucy Beaumont | Channel 4".
  29. ^ "Lucy Beaumont pens Hullraisers for Channel 4". 2 July 2021.
  30. ^ "Hullraisers: Channel 4 Announce New Comedy Series". 2 July 2021.
  31. ^ "Drinking Custard by Lucy Beaumont".
  32. ^ "Meet the Richardsons' Lucy Beaumont thought she was dying during traumatic childbirth". 26 September 2021.
  33. ^ "Elis James and John Robins XFM Podcast, Episode 63". XFM. 25 April 2015.
    - Fletcher, Harry (16 September 2014). "Jon Richardson engaged to fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont". DigitalSpy.
  34. ^ Wiegand, Chris (13 August 2019). "Did you hear the one about the comedians sharing a flat at Edinburgh festival?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  35. ^ "New project to tackle school holiday hunger in Hull". Viking FM. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  36. ^ Echo, Hull (9 May 2019). "TV Comics Launch Charity Gala in Aid of Local Children". Hull Echo. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  37. ^ "Hull Childrens University – News". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  38. ^ Fitton, Sarah (19 September 2019). "See top comic couple Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont and more perform at gala gig to help Calderdale families". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 29 December 2019.

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