Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan

Date of birth: 04-04-1970

London-born, Dublin-raised Sharon Horgan began her comedy career by winning the 2001 BBC New Comedy award for sketch-writing with her writing partner Dennis Kelly. There then followed a number of TV appearances in shows such as The Pilot Show, Absolute Power, Broken News and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.

But she came to prominence with the BBC Three sitcom Pulling, which she co-wrote with Kellyand starred in, which ran for two series in 2006 and 2008, the latter earning her the British Comedy Award for best actress.

That was followed by Angelo's, a six-part sitcom which she again wrote and starred in for Channel Five; then a starring role in Channel 4's Free Agents  in 2009; and the US/UK comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

Horgan hosted Have I Got News for You on in June 2011, attracting some criticism from Muslim groups about a gag about ‘the Mecca for suicide bombers’ being Mecca.

With Holly Walsh, Horgan co-wrote and starred in Dead Boss, a 2012 BBC Three sitcom about a woman jailed for killing her boss. She made her directorial debut with an episode of Sky1's Little Crackers in 2012.

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Courteney Cox to star in Sharon Horgan comedy

Her character in Shining Vale is either depressed... or possessed by a demon

Courteney Cox is to star in a new paranormal comedy from Sharon Horgan.

The Catastrophe co-writer created Shining Vale with Jeff Astrof whose credits include The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Its plot revolves around a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a house in a small town in which terrible atrocities have taken place.

Cox’s character Pat – a now-sober former wild-child who rose to fame by writing a raunchy women’s empowerment novel –  then befriends a paranormal being, convinced she’s either depressed or possessed.

The series also stars Greg Kinnear as her husband and Mira Sorvino as  Rosemary, who is either Pat’s alter ego, a split personality, her id, her muse, or a demon trying to possess her.

Eight half-hour episodes have been commissioned by US cable channel Starz. It will be available in the UK on StarzPlay, a £4.99-a-month add-on to Amazon Prime Video.

Christina Davis, Starz president of original programming, said: ‘Shining Vale is a smart, chilling and funny series that tells the story of a family in turmoil who is suddenly living with a paranormal who helps Courteney Cox’s character get her groove back as she starts to question her own sanity.

‘This group of talented actors, executive producers and director blends comedy and horror brilliantly throughout this series which exemplifies the network’s commitment to improve female representation on and off the screen.’

Astrof wrote the pilot episode based on a story he created with Horgan, whose production company Merman is one of the firms making the series.

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Published: 19 Apr 2021

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