Miranda Hart

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Miranda Hart

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Torquay, Devon

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Female
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Miranda was born in Torquay in 1972. She attended Bristol University, and left with a degree in Politics, followed by a PostGraduate Acting Course at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London. She then moved into comedy, putting on shows at the Edinburgh Festival in the…more

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  • Trivia

    • Before moving into comedy, Miranda did office work in the charity sector - for Macmillan Cancer Relief and Comic Relief.

    • In 2006, Miranda was nominated for a BAFTA for 'Female Comedy Newcomer', for Hyperdrive.

    • In March 2008, Miranda filmed a pilot for her sitcom, Miranda Hart's Jokeshop, for the BBC.

    • In 2004, Miranda hosted Lipstick and Shopping, a platform for female comics.

    • Miranda contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign, which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

    • Miranda has appeared on BBC Radio 2 in a self-penned comedy show, Joke Shop.

    • At 6'1", Miranda appears in the List of Famous Tall Women.

    • Miranda is often recognised as the woman in the Alpen advertisement who eats cat litter instead of the cereal. She appeared with fellow actress and comedian, Arabella Weir.

    • Miranda has taken several one-woman shows onto the comedy circuit including: Miranda Hart - Throbs, It's All About Me and Miranda Hart's House Party, though she is disdainful of the first show she took to the Edinburgh Fringe - Hurrell and Hart.

  • Quotes

    • Miranda: A lot of women seem to be either very laddy in their stand-up, or don't want to break their pretty, feminine look. I think it is a shame that more women don't act the fool and let go a bit - that is what naturally appeals to me but maybe that is just my personality.

    • (on why it's great to work with Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, the "Hyperdrive" writers)
      Miranda: Yes, they are on set every day which is great. A real help. They are making minor adjustments right up to the last minute and are very open to suggestions and lines that come out of improvisations and rehearsals.

    • (on women as opposed to men in comedy)
      Miranda: Less talented men get away with shit because the audience have instant confidence in them, whereas a woman has to work much harder to rid the audience of the instinctive discomfort they feel when a woman appears on stage.

    • (on performing at the Edinburgh Fringe)
      Miranda: I've learnt that a show is just a show, not life threatening or a world changer, and as long as you don't really care out of proportion about it then Edinburgh is brilliant and I love it.

    • (on women in comedy)
      Miranda: I think that women need to be funnier than men to break into the circuit. That is, I think men can get away with a lot more, and women couldn't necessarily pull that off.

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