Anna Crilly

Anna Crilly

Date of birth: 30-11-1974

Best known for her role as deadpan Eastern-European housekeeper Magda in Jack Dee's sitcom Lead Balloon, Anna Crilly came to comedy after studying performing arts at Middlesex University.

She became a stand-up in the early 2000s, making the finals of the So You Think You're Funny new act competition at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe.

As well as her role in Lead Balloon - which won her a British Comedy Award nomination for best female newcomer in 2008 – she also stars in the BBC children's comedy series, Sorry I've Got No Head.

Crilly is also in a surreal double-act with Katy Wix, originally called Penny Spubb, but now simply Anna and Katy. They have performed at Edinburgh three times, and made a pilot for Radio 2.

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Serious role for Anna Crilly

Comic cast in 'poignant' London play

Anna Crilly has been cast in a London play about adoption and family secrets.

The comedian, who played deadpan Magda in Jack Dee's sitcom Lead Balloon, stars in the ‘poignant and emotionally gripping’ new drama Never Not Once at the Park Theatre.

It s plot revolves around a college student being brought up by two mums who unexpectedly announces she has decided to try to find her biological father – and hires a detective whose investigation leads to a cascade of painful revelations.

Crilly plays one of the mums in a cast that also includes Maureen Hibbert, Tania Amsel, Sid Sagar and Adrian Grove.

It has been written by Carey Crim, who won the 2017 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award for new feminist plays.

The UK premiere runs at the theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, from April 1 to 25.

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Published: 24 Feb 2020

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2005

Penny Spubb's Party

Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Penny Spubb's Prawn Free

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Anna And Katy


Edinburgh Fringe 2018


Misc live shows

Funny Women Final 2004


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