– Host of The Night I Died (producer: Suzanne Azzopardi of Literary Death Match), an improvised chat show about the joy and hell of live performance. Next show: 7 June, evening, Stoke Newington Lit Fest. Edinburgh 2014: Alternative Fringe at Bob’s Book Shop, 8-10 Aug, 11pm. Follow us on Twitter @TheNightIDied
– Improviser in Upstairs Downton: The Improvised Episode, a “lost” episode of 1920s TV drama in full period costume: “Just like on telly. Only made up.” Edinburgh Festival 2013: Heroes of the Fringe at The Hive, 5pm, 1-25 August.
– Resident MC, Dead Parrot Society, Teddington. New gigs coming soon.
Sequinned jumpsuit enthusiast. Literary Editor for Red magazine. Laissez-faire parent. Paper reviewer on Sky News. Panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions. Literary Death Match judge. Member of The Actors’ Centre. Downton Abbey fanatic. Author of “air-headed guff” (Telegraph reader) and ”Worst. Article. Ever” (Guardian reader). Loves to tweet. Hates avocados. Slightly overweight. Hair by Elnett. Name means ‘Lively Bighead’.
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