Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Date of birth: 03-05-1957

Jo's first job was at Dr Barnardo's home - following in the footsteps of her social worker mother.

After this, she moved to London and famously became a psychiatric nurse - the daily parade of drug addicts, alcohol abuse and the clinically depressed, giving her the sense of humour and bravado to deal with any comedy audience.

A pioneer of the alternative comedy scene, she started performing at the age of 29, in 1987, under the name The Sea Monster and it only took her two years to be able to turn pro.

Her material, about her weight and men, made here a bete noire among those who despised the rise of alternative comedy, most notably tabloid TV critic Garry Bushell.

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Together at last: Danny Dyer and Jo Brand

Pair to star in Nativity! The Musical

Jo Brand is to star opposite Danny Dyer in the festive musical Nativity!

Dyer will play Hollywood Producer, with Brand as the Critic in the show, when it runs at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, West London,  from December 19 to 31.

Brand will also appear in the show when it runs at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, from November 28 to December 2.

Nativity! also plays in Coventry, Liverpool, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Stoke and Oxford before its London run, with other actors in the key roles. 

The musical is written and directed by Debbie Isitt and based on her 2009 comedy film about a primary school play, which has also spawned two big-screen sequels.

Its 2018 tour follows a successful London run last Christmas. 

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Published: 14 Sep 2018

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