Katherine Frances Brand
13 January 1979
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, television writer|
|Television||Big Ass Show|
Katherine Frances Brand (born 13 January 1979) is an English actress, comedian and writer, known for her ITV2 series Katy Brand's Big Ass Show and for Comedy Lab Slap on Channel 4.
Brand was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Brand attended St Clement Danes School, where she was in the house of Clement. Following a summer holiday in Cornwall at 13 with friends who were evangelical Christians she embraced their faith and attended church five times a week.
Motivated to read theology at Keble College, Oxford, she then lost her religious beliefs while a student. Interviewed for the Evening Standard in 2007, she commented: "After about a year, I realised it was mostly rubbish and that things are never as simple as they seem when you are 13".
After graduation, Brand did not work as a performer, gaining employment in television production instead, but her social encounters with university contemporaries ultimately convinced her to try working as a comedian.
Brand performed in Katy Brand's Big Ass Tour 2010. She also competed on Let's Dance for Sport Relief in 2010, in which she danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Also in 2010, she made a guest appearance on the song "Stop Giving Me Verses" by The Hoosiers, which was an attempt to break the world record for longest single ever released.
In 2011, Brand took part in the BBC Learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare", where she played the role of Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and delivered a performance of the speech "Out of this wood do not desire to go".
In 2011 she also guest hosted a Children in Need special episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In December 2012 she participated in the 2012 Christmas Special of the dance show, Strictly Come Dancing. Her partner was Anton du Beke; they came second to last.
|2006||Comedy Lab: Slap (TV)||Channel 4|
|Tittybangbang (TV)||Various||BBC Three|
|Hyperdrive (TV)||Alien 2||BBC Two|
|Casualty (TV)||Jill Grainger||BBC One|
|Comedy Cuts (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Under One Roof (TV)||Various||Writer, alongside James Bachman|
|Peep Show (TV)||Lucy||Channel 4|
|2007||Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive||Debbie||BBC Three|
|Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor||Various||BBC Three|
|Placebo (TV)||BBC Three|
|2009||Good Arrows||Big Sheila|
|2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Miss Turvey|
|Let's Dance for Sport Relief (TV)||Herself||Danced to "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé|
|Argumental (TV)||Herself||Dave (TV Channel)|
|The Bubble (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Mongrels (TV)||Kali||BBC Three|
|Katy Brand vs...||Herself||ITV2|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Ask Rhod Gilbert (TV)||Herself||BBC One|
|2011||Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask||Herself||Dave|
|2014||Walking on Sunshine||Lil||Vertigo Films|
|2015||Mapp and Lucia (TV)||Hermione Pillson||BBC One|
|2016||Hank Zipzer (TV)||Kathleen Murray||CBBC, one episode "Zipzers and Aliens"|