Top 10 Funniest British Female Comedians

Even in this day and age, comedy remains a male-dominated form of entertainment, but there are plenty of British Female Comedians out there who don’t plan to let it stay that way.  For decades, they’ve hit the stage and TV airwaves delivering laughs from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the BBC.

Top 10 Funniest British Female Comedians

10 Funniest British Female Comedians at glance:

  • Sarah Millican
  • Catherine Tate
  • Andi Osho
  • Lucy Porter
  • Ellie Taylor
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Isy Suttie
  • London Hughes
  • Bridget Christie
  • Katy Brand

1. Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican

Born: 29 May 1975

Sarah Jane Millican is an English comedian. Millican won the 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, and in the same year married fellow comedian Gary Delaney.

2. Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate

Born: 12 May 1968

Catherine Jane Ford, known professionally as Catherine Tate, is an English actress, comedian, and writer. She has won numerous awards for her work on the BBC sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show, as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA.

3. Andi Osho

Andi Osho

Born: 27 January 1973

Having previously worked in television production, Osho turned to acting in 2003. By 2006, she had decided to go into stand-up comedy. Osho spent a number of years working as a receptionist by day, while perfecting her stand-up comedy routine in the evenings.

On 19 June 2012, Osho made her debut in medical drama Holby City as medical student Barbara Alcock for three episodes. In July 2014, she appeared in Finding Carter as Susan Sherman. Between 2016 and 2018 she presented Supershoppers with Anna Richardson on Channel 4, being replaced with Sabrina Grant. She took part and won £7,000 for charity in a celebrity edition of The Chase on ITV.

4. Lucy Porter

Lucy Porter

Born: 27 January 1973

Lucy Donna Porter is an English actress, writer and comedian. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Festival and many clubs around Britain. She is also a regular voice on BBC Radio 4 in various panel shows, including Quote... Unquote and The Personality Test.

5. Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor

Born: 28 November 1983

Ellie Taylor is an English comedian, television personality, actress and writer. She has appeared in various television shows including Fake Reaction, Virtually Famous, Mock the Week, Stand Up Central, The Mash Report and QI. Taylor has also presented television shows such as Snog Marry Avoid? and Live at the Apollo.

6. Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza

Born: 13 January 1976

About a year into her comedy career, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mirza performed a routine which began "My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that's what it says on my pilot's licence". The routine was widely commented upon, and she was profiled as a ground breaking comedian on CBS's 60 Minutes and interviewed by Ed Bradley.

In April 2007, she presented a documentary on BBC Three called F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. She has since performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival in Canada, Lund and Malmö Comedy Festivals in Sweden, and the Glastonbury Festival, Hay Festival and The Edinburgh Festival in the United Kingdom. Her show 'The Kardashians Made Me Do It' premiered at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre and went on to sell out runs at London's Soho Theatre. The show was a satire on offence and political correctness and was critically well received. It also toured for 103 performances in Europe. Her comedy is said to push barriers and as a comedian she is often referred to as 'brave'.

7. Isy Suttie

Isy Suttie

Born: 11 August 1978

Isobel Jane "Isy" Suttie is an English musical comedian, actress, and writer. She played Dobby in the British sitcom Peep Show, and in 2013 won the gold Sony Radio Academy Award for her radio show Pearl And Dave. She also provides narration on the UK television show "Posh Pawn".

8. London Hughes

London Hughes

Born: 7 June 1989

Hughes started her television career presenting daytime shows on adult TV station Babestation, before moving on to presenting the morning show for CBBC for almost 2 years. In that time she also presented live links on BBC1 and BBC2 and made regular appearances on Blue Peter and had a presenter role in children's show All over the Place alongside Ed Petrie as well as voicing characters for CBBC's comedy, Big Babies. As a comedian she initially used the stage name "Miss London", changing it to "Miss London Hughes" and eventually to "London Hughes" to avoid confusion with the regional beauty pageant Miss London.

9. Bridget Christie

Bridget Christie

Born: 17 August 1971

Bridget Louise Christie is an English stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She has written and performed 12 Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows and several comedy tours, in addition to radio and television work. She has received multiple British and international comedy awards and is also an award-winning newspaper columnist and author.

10. Katy Brand

Katy Brand

Born: 13 January 1979

Katherine Frances Brand is an English actress, comedian and writer, known for her ITV2 series Katy Brand's Big Ass Show and for Comedy Lab Slap on Channel 4.

Katy currently presents the Penguin Podcast for Penguin Books, recently interviewing authors such as Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) and Gabourey Sidibe. Katy published her debut novel Brenda Monk is Funny (‘essential reading’ – Irvine Welsh)in 2014. Her debut play 3Women starring Anita Dobson opened at Trafalgar Studios 2 in May 2018 (‘it has heart and lots of laughs’ The Daily Mail, ‘sharp and convincing’ The Guardian, ‘witty and insightful – I really recommend this’ Woman’s Hour BBC Radio 4) and is published by Samuel French. Her latest book I Carried a Watermelon will be published by HaperCollins Publishers in October 2019.

In March 2020, she took the role of Miss Hedge in the hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.


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