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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Sharon Horgan to make a US animated comedy

Housebroken revolves around suburban pets

Sharon Horgan is making an animated series for America’s Fox network about a group of suburban animals.

As well as as being one of the showrunners of Housebroken, the Catastrophe star will also voice one of the lead roles, along with Friends star Lisa Kudrow.

The show was the brainchild of Handmaid’s Tale star Clea DuVall, who will also voice one of the characters, after she considered how  she would get on better with her cat if they understood each other more. 

According to Hollywood website Deadline, she shared the idea with Veep producers Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan, when she was on the political comedy playing Marjorie Palmiotti, the wife of Selina Meyer’s daughter Catherine.

Now the animation, which had the working title Therapy Dog, has been picked up for a series by Fox.

Its other stars include Nat Faxon, who plays Elfo in Matt Groening’s Netflix animation Disenchantment, The Last Man On Earth’s Will Forte and  Tony Hale,  who was Gary Walsh in Veep.

Horgan is making the show through her links with US production house Kapital Entertainment 

She and Kapital are also piloting a comedy called Delilah for HBO Max, based on a script she wrote with Aisling Bea, about a woman who imposes herself on a man who may or may not be her real father.  She is also working on Shining Vale, a half-hour horror comedy and is set to star in the upcoming Amazon show Game Night.

Horgan has also signed an exclusive first-look deal at Apple, while her own production company Merman, run with Clelia Mountford, also has a deal at Sky.

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Published: 20 Dec 2019

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