Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan

Date of birth: 04-04-1970

London-born, Dublin-raised Sharon Horgan began her comedy career by winning the 2001 BBC New Comedy award for sketch-writing with her writing partner Dennis Kelly. There then followed a number of TV appearances in shows such as The Pilot Show, Absolute Power, Broken News and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.

But she came to prominence with the BBC Three sitcom Pulling, which she co-wrote with Kellyand starred in, which ran for two series in 2006 and 2008, the latter earning her the British Comedy Award for best actress.

That was followed by Angelo's, a six-part sitcom which she again wrote and starred in for Channel Five; then a starring role in Channel 4's Free Agents  in 2009; and the US/UK comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

Horgan hosted Have I Got News for You on in June 2011, attracting some criticism from Muslim groups about a gag about ‘the Mecca for suicide bombers’ being Mecca.

With Holly Walsh, Horgan co-wrote and starred in Dead Boss, a 2012 BBC Three sitcom about a woman jailed for killing her boss. She made her directorial debut with an episode of Sky1's Little Crackers in 2012.

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Sharon Horgan to pilot a new horror comedy

For America's Showtime network

Sharon Horgan has sold another comedy series to American TV.

Shining Vale is a horror-comedy about a dysfunctional family that moves to a small-town house that’s possessed by an evil spirit – but no one seems to notice except for the mother.

The show is described as being about ‘mental illness, small town politics, religion and a family battling their demons’.

Premium cable network Showtime has committed to a pilot episode, according to Hollywood website Deadline, which Horgan is writing with Jeff Astrof, co-creator of NBC’s crime documentary spoof Trial & Error.

 Shining Vale follows Horgan’s success in creating or co-creating Channel 4’s Catastrophe, BBC One’s Motherland and HBO’s Divorce.

She has also had several US pilots including a version of Dead Boss, the BBC Three series she created with Holly Walsh; Bad Management, about a self-centred female boss, and Bad Mom.

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Published: 9 Jan 2018

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