Jan Ravens

Jan Ravens

Date of birth: 14-05-1958
Now known as an impressionist, Jan Ravens was the first female president of Cambridge University's Footlights club, and directed their 1981 show which won the first ever Perrier Award. She then moved on to radio production, including Radio 4's Week Ending.

She came to public prominence after joining the cast of Jasper Carrott's TV show Carrott's Lib in 1983, before joining the cast of Spitting Image. Her impersonations were also a regular part of Alistair McGowan's Big Impressions, 2DTV and Dead Ringers.

As an actress, she spent a year with the RSC in 1994 and has appeared in Alexei Sayle's Stuff as well as a string of sitcoms including Simon Brett’s No Frills (1988), the Richard Wilson vehicle Duck Patrol (1998) and ITV's Seventies-set sitcom The Grimleys (1999).

In autumn 2006, Ravens appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Anton du Beke, and in January 2008 she won an edition of Celebrity Mastermind.

Twice married, first to composer Steve Brown and then Universal music executive Max Hole, Ravens has three sons – including the young comedian Alfie Brown.

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Jan Ravens pilots Theresa May comedy

Behind the scenes at No. 10

Jan Ravens is piloting a possible Radio 4 comedy about the private life of Theresa May.

The impressionist, who has mimicked the Prime Minister on Dead Ringers and online, is planning a 15-minute sitcom about the home life at No 10.

She tells today’s Mail on Sunday: ‘The idea is based on them in the Downing Street flat when they kick off their shoes. We will want the script to concentrate on the main issues of the week but couched in a domestic situation. Maybe we’ll have Theresa going to choir practice or a book club.’

The role of Philip May has not yet been cast, but Paul McGann, David Morrissey and Alexei Sayle have been touted.

It wouldn’t be the first time a Prime Ministerial consort has been used for satire. John Wells played Denis Thatcher in the stage play, and TV one-off, Anyone for Denis?, based on Private Eye's Dear Bill letters. The magazine previously ran the imagined Mrs. Wilson's Diary, purportedly from Harold Wilson’s wife Mary.

The BBC says Ravens’s show is in the early stages of development. A Radio 4 spokesperson said: 'Radio 4 has not been approached about this project. If it were offered to us, it would be considered along with hundreds of other programme ideas as part of the usual commissioning process.'

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Published: 29 Jan 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2012


Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Jan Ravens: Who Do I Think I Am?


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