Maria McErlane

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Maria McErlane
Born (1957-12-09) 9 December 1957 (age 58)
Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Television presenter and film actor and director

Maria McErlane (born 9 December 1957, in Buckinghamshire, England) is a British actress and presenter specialising in comedy. She has been acting since 1984. She has appeared in several TV series, including The Fast Show, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Thin Ice and Happiness, "straight" roles in The Bill and Holby City and as the narrator for Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier's Eurotrash.[1]

She has also guested on shows such as Have I Got News for You, If I Ruled the World and Just a Minute on Radio 4.[2]

She started on the stand-up comedy circuit in the 1990s, under the name 'Maria Callous'.

In June 1984, she appeared in 'Out of Order' (a revue by Christopher Middleton and Jonathan Kydd) at the Finborough Theatre.[3]

McErlane co-presented the ITV quiz show Carnal Knowledge with her friend Graham Norton in the mid 1990s[4] and co-presents the "Grill Graham" agony aunt feature with Norton on his BBC Radio 2 Saturday morning show. She stood in for Norton when he was presenting from Baku for Eurovision 2012 and the link was lost for half an hour[citation needed]. She also stood in when he was ill in 2013[5] and when he failed to turn up on 28 June 2014.[6][7][8] She is a friend of Nigella Lawson[9] and appeared on 16 episodes of Nigella Lawson's ITV chat show Nigella.

She has had regular columns on Sunday Times Style and Esquire Magazine.[10] She has also written for the Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday.

She splits her time between Hastings [11] and a London mews house. In 2014 McErlane gave up smoking.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ Rampton, James (17 February 1996). "Contentious? Moi?". Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Just a Minute, 17 January 2000
  3. ^ Finborough Theatre Archives
  4. ^ "Maria McErlane And Graham Norton At The National Television Awards, 2014". 23 January 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Radio 2, 21 September 2013
  6. ^ Mirror, 29 June 2014
  7. ^ Daily Mail, 29 June 2014
  8. ^ BBC Radio 2 I-Player
  9. ^ Woods, Judith (20 April 2011). "Oh, Nigella! From Domestic Goddess to a burkini betrayal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Brook, Stephen (6 August 2007). "Let's hear it for the little guy". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "A newcomer's view of Hastings.........". Hastings Observer. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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