Sara Pascoe

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Sara Pascoe
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Pascoe in 2019
Birth nameSara Patricia Pascoe
Born (1981-05-22) 22 May 1981 (age 39)
Dagenham, London, England[1]
  • Stand-up
  • television
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Years active2006–present
SpouseSteen Raskopoulos (m. 2020)
Parent(s)Derek Pascoe

Sara Patricia Pascoe[2] (born 22 May 1981)[3] is an English comedian and actor. She has appeared on TV programmes such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown for Channel 4, QI for BBC and Taskmaster for the digital channel Dave.

Early life[edit]

Pascoe was born to Gail (née Newmarch) and Derek Pascoe, a musician. A maternal ancestor was the music writer Rosa Newmarch.[4]

Born in Dagenham, Pascoe was brought up in nearby Romford. Her parents divorced when she was young, leaving her to be brought up by her mother.[5] She attended Eastbury Comprehensive School in Barking.[1][6][7] She later attended Gaynes School in Upminster.[7] In 1997, Pascoe had an abortion which was detailed in her memoir, Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body.[8]

For a short while, Pascoe aspired to study philosophy at the University of Cambridge, motivated by both her enjoyment of the novel Sophie's World and her desire to join Footlights, the university's dramatic club.[9] However, she read English at the University of Sussex, where she befriended Cariad Lloyd.[1][4] After graduation she worked as an actor and supplemented her income with temporary work,[7] but found work "hard to come by" and declared herself bankrupt.[1]


Before her comedy career, Pascoe was a tour guide in London.

Pascoe has appeared in many television programmes and panel shows, including Stand Up for the Week, The Thick of It, Mock the Week, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Campus, Being Human, Twenty Twelve, QI, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You, Hypothetical, and W1A as well as all-female sketch show Girl Friday (part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase), which she co-wrote.[10]

Pascoe began performing stand up comedy in 2007.[11]

In August 2010, she performed her first show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sara Pascoe Vs Her Ego.[12]

On 19 February 2012, she appeared in episode 11 of the Comedian's Comedian Podcast hosted by Stuart Goldsmith.[13] In 2012, she appeared in Live at the Apollo.[14] She appeared on the BBC TV panel show QI in 2013.[15]

Pascoe in 2014

In 2014, she performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured the UK for the first time with the show Sara Pascoe Vs History.[16] The show was nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2014 for Best Comedy Show.[17] In October 2014, she appeared in Never Mind the Buzzcocks and stood in line at the identity parade round as a former dancer and back-up singer for the entertainer (and Robbie Williams's father) Pete Conway.[18][19] Also that month, she appeared on the topical panel quiz Have I Got News for You as a panellist and in one of the sketches of the Channel 4 charity night Stand Up to Cancer.

In 2015, she appeared as a panellist on two Radio 4 programmes, the science discussion programme The Infinite Monkey Cage in February, and the comedy quiz programme The Unbelievable Truth in September.[20]

In 2016, along with numerous other celebrities, Pascoe toured the UK to support Jeremy Corbyn's bid to become prime minister.[21]

She has written two books. The first, Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, was published in 2016.[22] Her second book, Sex Power Money, was published in 2019.,[23] which explores (mostly heterosexual) sexual relations, with particular focuses on male sexuality and on sex work. It is informed by evolutionary biology and social research, and by her own experiences and feelings.[24] She also hosts a related podcast of the same name, in which she interviews people who have experience around sex work, stripping and porn.

In 2016, she went on tour again with the show Animal. She participated in series 3 of the comedy challenge show, Taskmaster, which was broadcast on Dave in October and November 2016.[25]

She has appeared in all three of Frankie Boyle's Autopsy BBC programmes (2014–2016), discussing political issues, and since 2017 has been a regular guest on his topical series Frankie Boyle's New World Order.[26] She also performed a half-hour stand-up set in episode 1 of series 2 of Live from the BBC in 2017.

On 27 October 2017, she appeared in an episode of the British travel documentary series Travel Man on Channel 4. In February 2018, she started a BBC Radio 4 series called Modern Monkey.

Pascoe performing at the Up the Creek comedy club in 2018

In April 2018, she appeared as a panellist in two episodes of the BBC Radio 4 panel show Just A Minute. In May 2018, she starred in a BBC comedy short entitled "Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy".[27]

In March 2019, she appeared in Travelling Blind with Amar Latif on BBC2.[28]

In April 2019, a live recording of Pascoe's LadsLadsLads tour at the London Palladium was shown on BBC Two.[29]

In November 2020 she hosted An Evening With Yuval Noah Harari, a livestream book launch held by How to Academy and Penguin Books.[30]

Pascoe's six-part comedy series Out Of Her Mind premiered on BBC Two in October 2020.[31] Exploring "heartbreak, family and how to survive them", the series is loosely based on her own life, with Pascoe playing a version of herself.[32] Co-stars include Juliet Stevenson and Cariad Lloyd.[33]

Pascoe's new three-part BBC Two series called Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe premiered on 27 December 2020.[34]

Other television appearances[edit]

Pascoe was one of the four competitors who appeared in the special Christmas edition of The Great British Sewing Bee that was transmitted on Boxing day 2020 on BBC 1. Her fellow competitors in the programme were Denise Van Outen, Shirley Ballas and Dr. Ranj Singh.

Personal life[edit]

Pascoe lives in London. From 2013 to late 2016, she dated the comedian John Robins.[1][18] Her reflections on that relationship and its aftermath were the basis of her 2017 show LadsLadsLads at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[35] In 2020, she married fellow comedian Steen Raskopoulos.[36][37]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bruce Dessau (4 July 2014). "Interview: Sara Pascoe on female instincts, healthy sperm and her latest show". London Evening Standard.
  2. ^ Pascoe, Sara (21 April 2016). Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body. Faber & Faber. p. 19. ISBN 9780571325221.
  3. ^ Sara Pascoe (19 April 2016). Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body. Faber & Faber. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-571-32523-8.
  4. ^ a b Richard Herring (12 November 2014). "Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - with Sara Pascoe" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (25 August 2019). "Sara Pascoe: 'I wanted to be prime minister'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  6. ^ Elisa Bray (14 August 2014). "My student days: Six musicians, actors and comedians fondly reminisce". The Independent.
  7. ^ a b c "East Londoner Sara Pascoe says teenage house party ended in disaster but led to fame". East London and West Essex Guardian Series.
  8. ^ Walden, Celia (30 April 2016). "Sara Pascoe: there's nothing you can't joke about – even rape". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  9. ^ Pascoe, Sara (21 April 2016). Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body. Faber & Faber. p. 21. ISBN 9780571325221.
  10. ^ "Girl Friday – C4 Sketch Show – British Comedy Guide". Comedy. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  11. ^ Brian Logan (7 August 2013). "Sara Pascoe: And now for Nietzsche ..." The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  12. ^ Julian Hall (10 August 2010). "Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego, Pleasance Courtyard". The Independent. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
    - Duska Radosavljevic (10 August 2010). "Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego". The Stage. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Episode 11 – Sara Pascoe (Live) – The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Sara Pascoe Live at the Apollo". 2 December 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2015 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "BBC Two – QI, Series K, Knees & Knockers". BBC. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  16. ^ "News: Sara Pascoe Announces First UK Tour". Beyond the Joke. 29 May 2014.
  17. ^ Brian Logan (23 August 2014). "John Kearns wins the Foster's Edinburgh comedy award 2014". The Guardian.
  18. ^ a b Stephanie Merritt (19 October 2014). "Sara Pascoe: 'Female sexuality is an active thing'". The Guardian.
  19. ^ "BBC Two - Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Series 28, Episode 3". BBC.
  20. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – The Unbelievable Truth, Series 15, Episode 3". 23 September 2015.
  21. ^ "#JC4PM". jc4pmtour. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
    - Wilkinson, Michael (1 February 2016). "Celebrities to tour Britain in 'Jeremy Corbyn For Prime Minister' musical show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  22. ^ Joshua Farrington (2 March 2015). "Pascoe tackles the female body for Faber". The Bookseller.
  23. ^ "Sex Power Money". Public Store View. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  24. ^ Pascoe, Sara (2019). Sex Power Money. UK: Faber & Faber. pp. passim. ISBN 978-0571336012.
  25. ^ "Taskmaster Series 3 line-up revealed". British Comedy Guide. 16 April 2016.
  26. ^ "Frankie Boyle's New World Order series and episodes list". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Sara Pascoe, Tim Key, Nick Helm and Spencer Jones make new BBC Comedy Shorts". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  28. ^ Travelling Blind, BBC
  29. ^ "BBC Two - Sara Pascoe Live: LadsLadsLads". BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  30. ^ "LIVESTREAM EVENT | An Evening With Yuval Noah Harari". How To Academy. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  31. ^ Mangan, Lucy (20 October 2020). "Out of Her Mind review – Sara Pascoe's intricate comedy grows on you". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  32. ^ Maxwell, Dominic. "Sara Pascoe: 'Having a confessional comic in the family isn't that fun'". The Times. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  33. ^ "When is Sara Pascoe's new BBC comedy Out Of Her Mind on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  34. ^ "Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe". Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  35. ^ Brian Logan (5 August 2017). "Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads review – breakup tales from a woman reborn". The Guardian.
  36. ^ The Graham Norton Show (3 October 2020). "Sara Pascoe's Hilariously Overly Complicated Panties | The Graham Norton Show". Youtube. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  37. ^ Broster, Alice (20 October 2020). "Fans Of The Duchess Will Definitely Recognise Sara Pascoe's Husband". Bustle. Retrieved 1 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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