Laura Solon

Laura Solon

Laura Solon came from nowhere to become only the second solo women to win the Perrier award in 2005, following in the footsteps of Jenny Eclair a decade earlier.

She was born in London, raised near Aylesbury, and attended Worcester College, Oxford, where she began writing and performing comedy as part of the Oxford Revue. She initially tried stand up, but found her niche in character comedy.

Solon scooped comedy's biggest prize at the age of 26, thanks to her one-woman show Kopfraper's Syndrome: One Man and His Incredible Mind. The Edinburgh success led to an immediate commission from Radio 4, which broadcast her debut show Talking And Not Talking from January 2007.

She has also written for several TV shows, including BBC3 sketch show Man Stroke Woman

In 2012, her short film Tooty's Wedding – which she made with Ben Willbond – was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.

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Liam Williams joins new BBC Three comedy

Back To Life is written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon

Comedian Liam Williams has joined the cast of Daisy Haggard's new BBC Three series Back To Life.

The comedy-drama revolves around a Miri Matteson, played by Haggard, who has just been  released from prison after serving 18 years for a terrible crime. Haggard also wrote the six-part series with former Perrier-winner Laura Solon.

Filming has just got under way, prompting the BBC to reveal the full cast.

Geraldine James, who played Mrs Hudson in the Guy Ritchie film version of Sherlock Holmes, plays Mimi’s mum. Character actor Richard Durden will play her father and Jo Martin her parole officer ‘without a verbal filter’.

Williams – who had his own BBC Three hit with Pls Like – plays a chip shop owner called Nathan. 

Characters also inlcude Miri’s first love Dom, (Jamie Michie), ex-best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley) and next door neighbour Billy (Adeel Akhtar).

BBC comedy chief Shane Allen, said of the show: ‘The nimble story-telling dazzles and hooks you in right from scene one. Miri is a terrific creation as the viewer’s empathy ebbs and flows depending on our perception of what she might have done. 

‘It’s a distinctive world of intriguing characters and laced through with off-beat humour. This series cements BBC Three’s reputation as the vital place to try out ambitious new forms and tones of narrative.’

This week it was also announced that Williams was making a new series for Radio 4 entitled Liam Williams Self Cares.

Back To Life production credits

Written by: Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon
Produced by: Debbie Pisani
Directed by: Christopher Sweeney.
Executive Producers: Daisy Haggard, Laura Solon and Christopher Sweeney plus Harry Williams, Jack Williams anda e Sarah Hammond for Two Brothers Pictures
Commissioning editor for the BBC: Kate Daughton
Commissioned by: Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning and Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three

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Published: 15 Nov 2018

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