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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Sky's new batch of female-directed horror shorts

Comics Andi Osho, Jessica Knappett and Evelyn Mok are among the stars of a new batch of comedy shorts being released by Sky Arts for Halloween.

This year's batch will be the first directed by an all-women line-up, as well as boasting predominantly female casts.

The trio of films has been curated by Catastrophe co-creator Sharon Horgan and producer Clelia Mountford, her partner in the Merman production company.

Horgan said: 'Finding strong female voices has always been important to us at Merman because there's still an imbalance there to address. To be able to champion these women through Sky's comedy shorts was a great opportunity.'

Sky's comedy chief Jon Mountague, who commissioned the shorts, added: 'This series of shorts has been created by a brilliant cohort of all-female directors who are bringing something new, exciting and refreshing to the comedy line-up on Sky. We hope to encourage more women to get involved with directing, writing and all technical roles in comedy.

The films be available exclusively on Sky on demand from October 23 and will then air on Sky Arts from October 31.

They are:

Twin Thing

Directed by: Kate Herron
Plot: Kehinde & Taiwo are identical Twins but chalk and cheese in every other respect. As historian Kehinde launches her guided tour, actress Taiwo seems determined to jeopardise its accuracy by vamping up the scare factor
Written by: Andi Osho
Starring: Andi Osho, (pictured), Evelyn Mok, Jackie Clune

It Should Have Been Me

Directed by: Emily Greenwood
Plot: It's the morning of Kelly's wedding and she has turned into the typical bridezilla.  So far only one of her bridesmaids has turned up and other strange things are happening at the hotel.  Phones stop working, the door is jammed shut and there are footsteps echoing down the corridor. Is something sinister afoot or is it a case of one wedding too far for Caroline?​
Written by: Bex Harvey and Christian Azzola
Starring:Jessica Knappett, Jessica Regan

A Deal

Directed by: Nida Manzoor
Plot: The story of Jen and her encounter with a strange woman in a pub who promises her £4million tax free in exchange for giving her scary information about her future. What does Jen do? She wants the £4million, but can she handle the knowledge this stranger will tell her?
Written by: Dan Mersh
Starring: Sheila Reid, Mandeep Dhillon, Jaz Deol

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Published: 9 Oct 2017

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