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Long established as one of the UK’s best comics, Jo Brand has numerous TV appearances, acting and writing credits to her name.
Jo was the star and writer of Getting On, the BBC’s BAFTA award winning series set on a hospital’s geriatric ward, which was partly inspired by her earlier career in nursing. She also co-wrote and starred two series of the sitcom Damned for Channel 4, which is about social workers.
Jo’s other television credits also includes Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes (BBC One) and the award-winning Through the Cakehole (Channel 4). Not to mention appearances on Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Live At The Apollo, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You.
Jo is multi-talented to say the least from taking the part of The Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at London’s Gielgud Theatre, facing the formidable Alan Sugar for Comic Relief Does the Apprentice and learning to play the organ for a sell out audience at The Royal Albert Hall for the BBC’s Play It Again. She took part in The Great Comic Relief Bake Off after which she began hosting the popular The Great British Bake Off – An Extra Slice.
In an effort to raise money for Sport Relief, Jo recently took to the road with Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk where she walked an incredible 135 miles across the country in seven days.
Jo has also written several highly acclaimed best-selling books comedy history books A Load Of Old Balls and A Load Of Old Ball Crunchers (both Simon & Schuster), and the novels It’s Different For Girls, Sorting Out Billy and The More You Ignore Me (all for Headline Review). Her autobiography Look Back In Hunger was followed by a second one about live performance called I Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down. Her novel The More You Ignore Me has been made into a feature film starring Sheridan Smith and is due to be released this July.