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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Party's not over

Radio 4 political sitcom returns for a Christmas special

Political sitcom Party is to return for a one-off special, to take on Donald Trump.

Tom Basden, Anna Crilly, Tim Key, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix will reunite for the Radio 4 comedy, which started life as a play at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

Written by Basden, the show revolves around students trying to form their own political party – or as the BBC calls them ‘aspiring political agitators [who] apply their small minds to big problems.’

The radio show originally ran for three series from 2010 to 2012, with a TV pilot shot in 2014, but never broadcast.

The new special will air as part of Radio 4’s Christmas special and  will be recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London, on December 1.

Free audience tickets are available here.

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Published: 9 Nov 2018

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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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