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 Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins
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Famous As: Comedian
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.

 2 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
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. 

 3 Cilla Black

Cilla Black
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
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 4 Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes
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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford
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 5 Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England

 6 Dawn French

Dawn French
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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.

 7 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

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.

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 8 D'Arcy Carden

D'Arcy Carden
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 9 Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England

 10 Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne
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Famous As: Comedian
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. 

 11 Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe
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Famous As: Comedian
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.

 12 Tamsin Greig

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

 13 Jennifer Saunders

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

 14 Patricia Routledge

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

 15 Gemma Whelan

Gemma Whelan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England

 16 Sally Phillips

Sally Phillips
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 17 Natasia Demetriou

Natasia Demetriou
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom

 18 Kathy Burke

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

 19 Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican
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Famous As: Comedian
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. 

 20 Julia Davis

Julia Davis
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

 21 Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

 22 Kate Robbins

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

 23 Jo Brand

Jo Brand
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Autobiographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wandsworth

 24 Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK

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.

 25 Mollie Sugden

Mollie Sugden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Keighley, United Kingdom
Died: July 1, 2009

 26 Cariad Lloyd

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

 27 Rebecca Front

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

 28 Rachel Parris

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

 29 Jessie Cave

Jessie Cave
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 30 Yootha Joyce

Yootha Joyce
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wandsworth, England
Died: August 24, 1980
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 31 Meera Syal

Meera Syal
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer, Author, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

 32 Nina Conti

Nina Conti
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Famous As: Comedian, Ventriloquist
Birthdate: June 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampstead

 33 Katy Wix

Katy Wix
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cardiff

 34 Lynda Baron

Lynda Baron
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urmston, Manchester, England

 35 Lauren Laverne

Lauren Laverne
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: April 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

 36 Isy Suttie

Isy Suttie
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull

 37 Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale
Died: September 27, 1979

 38 Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 39 Millicent Martin

Millicent Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romford, Essex, England

 40 Alice Lowe

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

 41 Thora Hird

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

 42 Siobhan Redmond

Siobhan Redmond
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tollcross, Glasgow

 43 Ingrid Oliver

Ingrid Oliver
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England

 44 Linda Smith

Linda Smith
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Famous As: Comedian
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. 

 45 Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 46 Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 47 Cicely Courtneidge

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

 48 Lynn Ferguson

Lynn Ferguson
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Famous As: Writer, Comedian, Television presenter, Actor
Birthdate: April 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow

 49 Beatrice Lillie

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

 50 Anna Russell

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