Nina Conti

Nina Conti

Date of birth: 25-08-1973

The daughter of actors Tom Conti and Kara Wilson, Nina Conti initially followed in their footsteps and became part of the Royal Shakespeare Company. However she found it was not for her, and with the encouragement of her mentor Ken Campbell took up ventriloquism on the London comedy circuit, with her puppet sidekick, Monkey.

In 2002, she won the BBC New Comedy Award – though it took her five more years to make her debut with her first solo full-length show, Complete and Utter Conti. The following years she won the Barry Award for this show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, tying with Kristen Schaal.

Acting roles include Black Books, Holby City,  Christopher Guest's 2006 film, For Your Consideration and 2013 mockumentary series  Family Tree.

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Nina Conti writes a memoir

...with her Monkey puppet as co-author!

Nina Conti is writing a memoir – with her puppet Monkey.

The ventriloquist says the book will excavate her ‘intense’ relationship with her parents, actors Tom Conti and Kara Wilson.

And as in her stage act, Monkey will offer a way of probing what she really thinks.

Speaking to The i newspaper, Conti said: ‘You go to therapy to say everything in a safe space. I think of the stage and Monkey as a safe space. You can get stuff out and it takes the sting out of it.’

She previously spoke to Adam Buxton about the ‘autobiography in two voices’ on his podcast, saying  that her simian alter-ego has ‘a far more interesting voice to write in’.

‘When it's getting all girly and diary-ish. I have to go "wait"… and let Monkey's voice take over.’

No publisher has yet been announced for the memoirs.

Conti was speaking to promote her current tour, The Dating Show.

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Published: 4 Nov 2021

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