Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart

Date of birth: 30-11-1971
Miranda Hart has forged a niche as a comedy character actress, her size - she's 6ft 1in - and demeanour marking her out, like a modern-day Penelope Keith, for a certain sort of haughty role.

She has starred as Teal in two series of BBC2's comedy sci-fi series Hyperdrive, earning her a nomination for best female newcomer in British Comedy Award in 2006, and appears regularly as a clumsy cleaner in Lee Mack and Tim Vine's sitcom Not Going Out.

But her CV also contains appeances in French & Saunders, Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous, The Vicar of Dibley, Smack the Pony and The Abbey alongside Russell Brand and Morwenna Banks. She also appeared in the third series of Comic Relief does Fame Academy, but only lasted two shows,

Born in Torquay, she studied politics at Britsol before doing a post-graduate acting course in London. She first went to the Edinburgh Fringe in what she admits was 'a terrible show' called Hurrell and Hart. She has returned with more successful character shows several times since

Her first Radio 4 show, Miranda Hart's Open House, began in 2007, and is set to be a BBC Two sitcom in 2009.

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Miranda: I might bring my sitcom back

It would be such fun to see her married life...

Miranda Hart says she might revive her self-titled sitcom to catch up with her character as an older, married woman.

The comedian said that reuniting with her castmates for a ten-year celebration of the show made her rethink its future.

‘The Such Fun Celebration felt like it could go both ways,’ she said. ‘It could be the goodbye forever… or it could be a springboard in to some specials. 

‘I am very torn – part of me wants to see Gary and Miranda’s married life, part of me wonders whether the story was told and as Miranda gets older it’s a very different kind of show. 

‘So the answer remains – I don’t know!’

The comedy ran for three series from 2009 to 2013, with a two-part  Christmas special in 2014, which ended with her character’s will-they/won’t they romance with Gary (Tom Ellis) ending in marriage.

Hart has never ruled out bringing the show back, and says she has found new meaning in the show as time goes on.

She said: ‘Although the show started as something just for big laughs, it has now become relevant on a new level in terms of the pertinence of messages for people suffering from anxiety and depression and illness – the message to accept yourself, that everyone feels out of place, that you don’t have to aspire to be a certain way to be loved.

•Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration airs New Year’s Day at 5.45pm on BBC One

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Published: 20 Dec 2019

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2002

Miranda Hart... throb


Edinburgh Fringe 2003

Miranda Hart: It's All About Me


Edinburgh Fringe 2004

Dogman

Helen Lederer: Finger Food


Edinburgh Fringe 2005

Miranda Hart's House Party


Film

Infidel


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