British Female Comedians

Throughout history, there have been many British women comedians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female comedians such as Dawn French, Miriam Margolyes, Sue Perkins, Sarah Millican, Sandi Toksvig.

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 1 
Tracey Ullman
(Comedienne Who Introduced the Simpsons on Her Show, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show')

Tracey Ullman
14
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 2 

Catherine Tate
15
Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England

 3 

Jennifer Saunders
13
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, UK

 4 
Victoria Wood
(British Comedian Best Known for the Sketch Series ‘Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV')

Victoria Wood
15
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Lancashire, England
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

Dawn French
16
Birthdate: October 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Holyhead
Golden Rose of Montreux-winning comedian Dawn French co-created the sketch comedy series French and Saunders and the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, both with Jennifer Saunders. The BAFTA Fellowship honoree is also known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley and Murder Most Horrid. She has also authored a bestselling autobiography.

 6 
Sue Perkins
(Comedian)

Sue Perkins
26
Birthdate: September 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England
Sue Perkins soared to fame as part of the comedy duo Mel and Sue, with Mel Giedroyc, and co-hosted The Great British Bake Off, with her. Sue has also hosted Insert Name Here and has also authored two autobiographical works. An LGBT icon, she is dating TV host Anna Richardson.

 7 
D'Arcy Carden
(Actress)

D'Arcy Carden
8
Birthdate: January 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Danville, California, U.S.

D'Arcy Carden is an actress and comedian best known for her starring role in the NBC sitcom The Good Place. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Southern Oregon University and began her career performing improvisational comedy. Eventually, she moved on to TV shows and has also appeared in a few films. 

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 8 
Sara Pascoe
(Comedian)

Sara Pascoe
8
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Born to musician Derek Pascoe, comedian Sara Pascoe was raised by her mother amid poverty after her parents’ divorce. Initially a tour guide, she later stepped into comedy and never looked back. She is known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Twenty Twelve.

 9 
Caroline Aherne
(Actress Best Known for Her Performance as ‘Mrs Merton’ in the Mock Talk Show ‘The Mrs Merton Show’)

Caroline Aherne
12
Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: July 2, 2016
BAFTA-winning comedian Caroline Aherne is remembered for her portrayal of the character Mrs. Merton on various shows, such as Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and The Mrs Merton Show. Fans also loved her as Denise Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family and as a narrator on Gogglebox. 

 10 
Emily Atack
(Actress)

Emily Atack
7
Birthdate: December 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England

English actress and comedian Emily Atack is best known for her role in the E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners. The daughter of an actress, she developed an early interest in acting and made her debut in a TV show. After establishing herself on TV, she moved to films. She began hosting her own show, The Emily Atack Show, in 2020.

 11 
Tamsin Greig
(Actress)

Tamsin Greig
9
Birthdate: July 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maidstone, Kent, England, UK

 12 

Patricia Routledge
8
Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK

 13 

Sally Phillips
7
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 14 

Natasia Demetriou
6
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom

 15 
Gemma Whelan
(Actress)

Gemma Whelan
7
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England

 16 
Kathy Burke
(Actress)

Kathy Burke
7
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camden, London, England, UK

 17 
Sarah Millican
(Comedian)

Sarah Millican
8
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Shields

Sarah Millican is an English comedian who is credited with founding an online magazine for women named Standard Issue. She won the Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2008. In 2011, she also received the British Comedy Award. In February 2013, Sarah Millican was named in the 100 most powerful women list by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. 

 18 
Julia Davis
(Comedian)

Julia Davis
7
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

 19 
Kate Robbins
(Actress)

Kate Robbins
7
Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Margate, Kent, England, UK

 20 
Jo Brand
(Comedian & Actress)

Jo Brand
8
Birthdate: July 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clapham, London, England

 21 
Maureen Lipman
(Best Known for Playing 'Joyce Grenfell' in the Biographical Show 'Re: Joyce!')

Maureen Lipman
8
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England

Maureen Lipman is an English actress, comedian, political activist, and writer. Over the years, Lipman has been a prominent theatre actress; she has performed in some of England's most iconic venues like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. In the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours, Lipman was made a dame for services to entertainment, charity, and the arts.

 22 
Cariad Lloyd
(Comedian)

Cariad Lloyd
6
Birthdate: August 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barnet, London, England, United Kingdom

 23 
Mollie Sugden
(Actress)

Mollie Sugden
5
Birthdate: July 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Keighley, Yorkshire, England
Died: July 1, 2009

 24 
Rachel Parris
(Comedian)

Rachel Parris
4
Birthdate: May 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK

 25 
Jessie Cave
(Actress)

Jessie Cave
8
Birthdate: May 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 26 
Lynda Baron
(Actress)

Lynda Baron
5
Birthdate: March 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urmston, Manchester, England

 27 

Yootha Joyce
6
Birthdate: August 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wandsworth, England
Died: August 24, 1980

 28 
Rebecca Front
(Actress)

Rebecca Front
6
Birthdate: May 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stoke Newington, London, England

 29 
Katy Wix
(Actor, Comedian)

Katy Wix
6
Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cardiff

 30 
Nina Conti
(Comedian, Ventriloquist)

Nina Conti
4
Birthdate: June 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampstead

 31 
Isy Suttie
(Comedian)

Isy Suttie
6
Birthdate: August 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull

 32 
Meera Syal
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer, Author, Novelist, Writer)

Meera Syal
7
Birthdate: June 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

 33 
Lauren Laverne
(Disc jockey)

Lauren Laverne
6
Birthdate: April 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

 34 
Thora Hird
(Actress)

Thora Hird
5
Birthdate: May 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Morecambe, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 15, 2003

 35 

Millicent Martin
5
Birthdate: June 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romford, Essex, England

 36 

Shappi Khorsandi
6
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 37 
Alice Lowe
(Actress)

Alice Lowe
4
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coventry, West Midlands, England

 38 
Gracie Fields
(Actress, Singer who was highest paid film star in the world in 1937)

Gracie Fields
6
Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 27, 1979

 39 
Ingrid Oliver
(Comedian)

Ingrid Oliver
4
Birthdate: November 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England

 40 
Linda Smith
(Comedian)

Linda Smith
5
Birthdate: January 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Erith, Kent, England
Died: February 27, 2006

Linda Smith was an English comedian who appeared regularly on Radio 4 panel games. She studied at the University of Sheffield. A lifelong socialist, she performed many benefit concerts to support various causes. She was popular for starring in her own Radio 4 sitcom, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting. She died of ovarian cancer, at the age of 48. 

 41 

Gertrude Lawrence
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newington, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 6, 1952

Gertrude Lawrence was an English actress, singer, and dancer. She also performed musical comedy in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York. She was introduced to the entertainment world as a child and grew up to become a famous multi-faceted performer. She won several awards. In her later years, she taught acting. 

 42 
Siobhan Redmond
(Comedian)

Siobhan Redmond
4
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tollcross, Glasgow

 43 

Beatrice Lillie
4
Birthdate: May 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989

 44 

Cicely Courtneidge
5
Birthdate: April 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: April 26, 1980

 45 
Lynn Ferguson
(Writer, Comedian, Television presenter, Actor)

Lynn Ferguson
4
Birthdate: April 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow

 46 
Nina Wadia
(Actress)

Nina Wadia
6
Birthdate: December 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 47 
Anna Russell
(Singer)

Anna Russell
5
Birthdate: December 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 18, 2006