Millican in 2010
|Birth name||Sarah Jane King|
29 May 1975 |
South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
|Subject(s)||Relationships, body image, television|
(m. 1997–2004; divorced)
Gary Delaney (m. 2013–present)
Sarah Jane Millican (née King; born 29 May 1975) is an English comedian. Millican won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In February 2013 she was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
Life and career
Millican was born and brought up in South Shields, England, the daughter of Valerie Prince and Philip D. King who was a mining electrician. She attended Mortimer Comprehensive School, later to become Mortimer Community College, South Shields and then worked as a civil servant at a job centre until the age of 29. She was married on 5 November 1997 but divorced in 2004 and moved back in with her parents for two and a half years.
2005–2009: Career beginnings and touring
Millican's debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Sarah Millican's Not Nice, inspired by her divorce, won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer in 2008. In spring 2009 she began previewing her second Edinburgh show, attracting enthusiastic reviews for her material on the battle of the sexes. Many reviewers commented on her 'blue' material. Her third show, Chatterbox, was hosted by the Stand Comedy Club during Fringe 2010. The show was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award, losing to Russell Kane.
2009–present: Mainstream success and DVDs, TV and radio shows
Millican has appeared as a panellist on 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, You Have Been Watching, Would I Lie to You?, QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and as a performer at the The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008 and on 4 Stands Up. She was featured in the Manchester edition of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, which was broadcast in June 2009, made an appearance on the third episode of David Mitchell's panel show The Bubble in March 2010, and has been a guest on six episodes of Frank Skinner's Opinionated.
She provided vocal work to the BBC's natural history footage for Walk on the Wild Side, alongside fellow comics Rhod Gilbert, Jon Richardson, Isy Suttie and Gavin Webster. She appeared on Live at the Apollo on 11 December 2009, and headlined Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, recorded at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland on 15 August 2010. Millican also headlined the fourth episode of Dave's One Night Stand.
Her radio series, Sarah Millican's Support Group, began broadcasting on 18 February 2010 on BBC Radio 4. The format is that studio audience members are encouraged to share problems with her agony aunt character for her to offer tips "in the same way as the busybody at the end of your street who knows everything and dishes out advice whether you want to hear it or not does". Some problems are scripted, the roles being played by guest actors, while others come from real people in the audience, to allow Sarah to improvise. Audience member problems have included "My boyfriend prefers his Blackberry to me". A pair of "therapists", also played by actors, feature in each week's show and provide scripted and improvised responses to all the "problems". A second series debuted on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 2 May 2011.
She was a regular co-host of the satirical news show 7 Day Sunday on BBC Radio 5 Live, along with comedians Chris Addison, Andy Zaltzman and one different guest each week. The first episode aired in January 2010; she and Addison left the show on 27 February 2011.
Also in 2011, Millican became a panellist on the ITV programme Marriage Ref and joined the panel on ITV daytime chat show Loose Women, leaving the series in August. She was also a guest on several other panel and chat shows. A live DVD of her Chatterbox tour was released in November 2011 by Channel 4. The Chatterbox DVD went on to break an all-time record in sales for a female stand-up comedian selling 172,000 copies in just over one month.
Millican's stand-up show, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, was first broadcast on 8 March 2012 on BBC Two. In November 2012, she released a follow up live DVD, Thoroughly Modern Millican. In early January 2013, she appeared for a couple of nights on The One Show. On 15 January 2013, she began presenting a second series of The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Millican was nominated for 2013 and 2014 BAFTA Entertainment Performance awards for her work in The Sarah Millican Television Programme.
Millican appeared in a celebrity episode of Deal or No Deal broadcast on 29 April 2012, where she won £20,000 for charity. Unfortunately, she had £100,000 in her box.
After her husband Andrew Millican left her unexpectedly in 2004, Millican found solace in attending writing workshops in local theatres, such as at Newcastle's Live Theatre and the Custom House, South Shields.
- Chatterbox Live (Released 21 November 2011)
- Thoroughly Modern Millican Live (Released 12 November 2012)
- The Sarah Millican Television Programme Best of Series 1 & 2 (Released 11 November 2013)
- Home Bird (Released 17 November 2014)
Awards and nominations
- So You Think You're Funny? (2nd place) 2005
- BBC New Comedy Awards (finalist) 2005
- Funny Women (runner-up) 2005
- Chortle Awards (Best Newcomer nomination) 2006
- North West Comedy Awards (Best Breakthrough Act) 2007
- if.comedy award (Best Newcomer) 2008
- Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 (Best show nomination)
- British Comedy Award People’s Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy 2011
- Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC TV, broadcast 11 September 2013
- Thorpe, Vanessa (5 May 2013). "How Sarah Millican struck comedy gold". The Guardian (London).
- Mickey Noonan (13 October 2008). "Sarah Millican isn't resting on her laurels". Metro. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- "BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- "Start building your family tree today". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- Sarah Millican BBC Profile. Retrieved 27 June 2015
- Funny Girl: Sarah Millican in The Independent Retrieved 27 June 2015
- 8 Out of 10 Cats, 4 November 2014
- Dave's One Night Stand
- Tim Arthur (10 December 2008). "Sarah Millican: interview". Time Out. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- David Durkin and Sarah Newman (6 May 2009). "What you thought of Liverpool's comedy festival: Sarah Millican, Justin Moorhouse and Drink Up Stand Up". Liverpool Echo. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- Victoria Nangle (21 July 2009). "Review of the week: Sarah Millican – Typical Woman". Latest 7.
- Sam Wonfor (1 August 2009). "Sarah Millican: Typical Woman, Live Theatre". The Journal.
- Richard Herring (14 August 2013). "Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast" (Podcast). Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Wonfor, Sam (11 August 2010). "Sarah Millican leads the comedy pack home". The Journal. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "Two women make the shortlist". Chortle. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- "New comedy tops bill on BBC One this summer with Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow". BBC. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "The Bubble, a brand-new comedy news quiz on BBC Two". BBC. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
- "Interview: Sarah Millican's stand-up is in the worst possible taste". The Scotsman. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
- Ian Wolf. "Episode 1.4". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "R4 Sarah Millican's Support Group". BBC Press Office. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- "R4 series for Millican". Chortle. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- "Sarah Millican's Support Group". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
- "Viz Animation – "Blap" to basics". Skwigly. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Sarah Millican signs DVD deal". Chortle. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Comedy (21 December 2011). "Sarah Millican reflects on her remarkable DVD sales success". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- Dessau, Bruce (6 May 2015). "News: Sarah Millican Curates Museum". Beyond the Joke. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Gilbert, Gerard (2 March 2012). "Funny girl: Sarah Millican on comedy, money and marriage". The Independent (London).
- Jokes about her failed marriage initially formed the vast majority of Millican's comedy material. Chitra Ramaswamy (10 August 2008). "Sarah Millican preview". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
- "The Northwest Comedy Awards". Manchester Confidential. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2009.[dead link]
- Official website
- BBC story about 2008 Perrier Award
- Biography from Chortle.co.uk
- BBC – The Culture Show Interview with Lauren Laverne
- Sarah Millican at the Internet Movie Database
|if.comedy award for Best Newcomer