11 April 1965 |
|Education||Cumbernauld High School|
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, actress, comedian, presenter|
Lynn Ferguson Tweddle (born 11 April 1965) is a Scottish writer, actress, comedian and presenter. She is the sister of comedian Craig Ferguson and is known for voicing the character of Mac in the animated film, Chicken Run.
Ferguson grew up in Cumbernauld. She was the youngest of four and, like her sister, was Senior Prefect at Cumbernauld High School. She left school at the age of 18 and worked one season as a Bluecoat for Pontin's. She was then accepted at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she gained a BA in Dramatic Studies in 1986.
To work as a professional actress, however, she required an Equity union card which was at that point only available through paid work, so with fellow student Carolyn Bonnyman she formed the Alexander Sisters – a comedy double act in honour of / parodying traditional Scottish variety styles typified by the Alexander Brothers. She was then side tracked into standup comedy doing her first paid gig on STV's Funny Farm. Before long she gained residence as compere at the Red Rose Comedy Club in Finsbury Park, London and continued to perform at numerous gigs throughout the UK.
Though a comic at night, Ferguson was also writing and presenting for BBC Scotland's children's program Megamag. She played a comedy character journalist Fergski who blundered through interviewing teen artists of that era – Ant & Dec, Aswad and Michelle Gayle. In one episode a spritely Phill Jupitus dresses as a security guard stops Fergski interviewing East 17 at the now defunct Top of the Pops set.
In 1995, she was commissioned to write an hour of standup comedy for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but instead wrote her first play, Heart and Sole. This solo show won her the Stage Award for Acting Excellence and transferred to the Hampstead Theatre before being toured to Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Ferguson has written extensively for BBC Radio 4: three series (18 episodes) of the popular sitcom Millport, various pieces for Woman's Hour including a series of updated fairy tales called After Happy Ever alongside afternoon plays and late night standup monologues.
For BBC Radio Scotland she wrote and presented a series exploring the minds of comedy writers, Laughed Off the Page, interviewing Colin Bostock-Smith, Galton and Simpson, Ian Pattison, and Dick Vosburgh.
As well as winning the Stage Award for Acting Excellence she has been nominated twice. In addition to her own written works, she has performed in theatre extensively.
Ferguson toured with the Royal National Theatre in the lead part, Shen Te/ Shui Ta, of the Bertolt Brecht play The Good Person of Szechwan and played the lead in the Traverse Theatre production of Douglas Maxwell's Melody.
Vocally, she has numerous credits for radio works and notably played Mac in the film Chicken Run.
In April and September 2008, she made guest appearances on her brother Craig's talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Director / Producer
On 1 March 2012 Lynn started uploading videos to her TodayThis channel on YouTube. This video project is called ThisDayToday  and is loosely based on Google Doodle, creating short comedy videos based on today in history. On 28 February 2013 Lynn and her husband had created a video for every day of the year; a collection that they continue to add to.
- Hamilton, Alan; Kirkham, Sophie (21 February 2005). "Too ugly to live the award-winning town begging to be put out of its misery on TV". The Times. London.
- "Stars mourn legendary Red Rose Comedy Club". Archived from the original on 17 January 2008.
- "The Wireless to the Web". BBC Scotland. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- McGlone, Jackie (26 July 2008). "Side by side". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
- Belcher, David (27 June 2002). "Millportis set for a place in the sun. Is minuscule Millport about to make it big? Actress Lynn Ferguson hopes so, and not just because she used to holiday on Great Cumbrae. She stars in a new TV sitcom that starts on Sunday". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
- "Laughed Off The Page [Radio Scotland]". radiolistings.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "Colin Bostock-Smith". IMDb. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- This Day Today. YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "ThisDayToday". ThisDayToday.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.