Morwenna Banks

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Morwenna Banks
Born
Tamsin Morwenna Banks

(1961-09-20) 20 September 1961 (age 57)
Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Occupation
  • Actress
  • writer
  • producer
Partner(s)David Baddiel
Children2

Tamsin Morwenna Banks (born 20 September 1961) is a British comedy actress, writer and producer known for her roles as Mummy Pig, Madame Gazelle and Dr Hamster in the children's series Peppa Pig.

Early life[edit]

Banks attended Truro High School for Girls and Robinson College, Cambridge and was a member of the Cambridge Footlights from 1981 to 1983.[1] She also acted with the Marlowe Society, notably in a brief but dominant comic cameo as the Widow in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, alongside Tilda Swinton.

Career[edit]

One of Banks’ early major television roles was as part of the team on the comedy sketch show Absolutely, broadcast on Channel 4 between 1989 and 1993.[2] Her other television appearances include the BBC series The Thick of It,[3] Red Dwarf,[4] Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul[5] and the Steve Coogan comedy Saxondale,[6] in which she played receptionist Vicky. She also appeared as Anthea Stonem in the E4 Teen drama Skins[6] and was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live, for four episodes of the show's twentieth season.[7] She appeared as Carmen Kenaway in the first two episodes of the 9th series of Shameless.[8]

Her voice roles include Claire Feeble in Stressed Eric;[9] Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig;[10] the ship's computer in the BBC TV series Hyperdrive;[11] the witches in Meg and Mog, an animated children's series for CITV (2003);[citation needed] Ping Pong in Rupert Bear (Channel 5);[12] Guinevere in King Arthur's Disasters (CITV).[13] Banks won Best Voice Performance at the 2014 British Animation Awards for providing the voice for Queen Marigold in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.[14][15][16]

She wrote, produced, and appeared in the British ensemble film The Announcement in 2001.[6] She also appeared in season one, episode 13 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a 'rulebearer'.[8][17] In 2004, she played the central role of Tess in the series Catterick with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Since 2009[edit]

In 2009, Banks made a series of web videos for BBC Comedy called Celebrities STFU, each video featuring her in costume impersonating Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher, Susan Boyle, Pixie Lott, Jools Holland, and Duffy.[18]

On 19 October 2013, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Banks' play Goodbye about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer.[19] The play is an account of the path from first diagnosis to death of Lizzie, played by Olivia Colman); it deals with her relationships with her family and with her best friend Jen, played by Natascha McElhone, and their reactions to Jen's illness and death. The cast included Darren Boyd, John Simm, Alison Steadman, Ezra Banks-Baddiel and the voice of Dolly Banks-Baddiel; it was produced by Heather Larmour.[20][19][21][22][23] Banks received the 2015 Tinniswood Award for the play.[6] She subsequently wrote the play's 2015 film adaptation, titled Miss You Already.[6]

From 2012 to 2018 she played Venus Traduces (a parody of Violet Trefusis) and other roles in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Gloomsbury.

Her later voice work includes the roles of Betty and Sonia in the 2008 film version of Tales of the Riverbank;[24] a translator at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in The Eichmann Show;[25] and The Queen in the 2015 version of Danger Mouse.[26]

In 2016, she co-wrote and starred in the comedy series Damned.[27] She co-starred in and wrote (with Rebecca Front) "Shush!" a sitcom set in a library broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 2017.[28]

Awards[edit]

  • 2014 British Animation Award for Best Voice Performance in Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: Nanny's Magic Test[15]
  • 2015 Tinniswood Award for the radio play Goodbye[6]

Personal life[edit]

Banks's partner is David Baddiel; they have two children, a daughter Dolly and a son Ezra.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Footlights Alumni". Footlights. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ Whitelaw, Paul. "Banks, Morwenna (1964–)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. ^ "The Thick of It Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Mr Flibble Talks To... Morwenna Banks". Red Dwarf The Official Site. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul". ABC. February 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Thorpe, Vanessa (3 October 2015). "Morwenna Banks: tragic tales of loss that gave voice to quiet woman of British TV". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ Virtel, Louis. "Saturday Night Live's 10 Greatest One-Season Wonders". Movieline. PMC. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b Wright, Megh (29 July 2014). "Saturday Night's Children: Morwenna Banks (1995)". Vulture. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ Richmond, Ray (11 August 1998). "Stressed Eric". Variety. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Harley Bird Has Been Voicing Peppa Pig for 10 Years! | This Morning" (video). This Morning with Philip & Holly – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Hyperdrive". IMDb. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Rupert and the Flying Dragon". IMDb. Rupert Bear. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  13. ^ "King Arthur's Disasters". IMDb. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Oscar nominee Room on the Broom wins British Animation Award". BBC News. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b "British Animation Awards 2014". British Animation Awards. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  16. ^ "British Animation Awards Finalists announced". Skwigly. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Jenny's Non-Dream". IMDb. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV series). Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Celebrities STFU". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  19. ^ a b "BBC Radio 4 – Saturday Drama, Goodbye". BBC. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  20. ^ Radio Times, 19–25 October 2013, p. 135
  21. ^ BBC Radio 4 – Feedback – Moving and poignant: Goodbye by Morwenna Banks, starring Olivia Coleman
  22. ^ Anderson, Jane (13 October 2013). "Goodbye". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  23. ^ Nosheen Iqbal (24 October 2013). "Goodbye – radio review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  24. ^ Bitel, Anton (29 September 2009). "Tales Of The Riverbank". Eye For Film. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  25. ^ "The Eichmann Show Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Morwenna Banks". Another Tongue Animation Website. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  27. ^ Hogan, Michael (27 September 2016). "Damned: Jo Brand's new comedy could have packed a bigger punch, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Rebecca Front and Morwenna Banks talk funny women, taking on dramatic roles and Shush!". Radio Times. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  29. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (27 July 2013). "'Most people still see me as a bit of a lad': David Baddiel returns to stand-up comedy". The Independent. London.
  30. ^ Salter, Jessica (25 July 2013). "The world of David Baddiel, comedian and writer". The Daily Telegraph. London.

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