Who is Diane Morgan and what's her new comedy Mandy about?

DIANE Morgan is best known for her comedy persona Philomena Cunk.

As well as starring in After Life and Motherland, Morgan is the visionary behind BBC Two comedy series Mandy.

Who is Diane Morgan?

Diane Morgan is an English actress, comedian, and writer.

Morgan grew up in Farnworth and Kearsley in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

She now lives in London with partner Ben Caudell, a BBC comedy producer.

Morgan is best recognised as her comedy persona Philomena Cunk, who she played on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe.

Cunk made an appearance on Brooker's COVID-19 special Antiviral Wipe, which aired in May 2020.

Morgan and Joe Wilkinson formed the sketch duo Two Episodes of Mash. They performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three consecutive years.

As a stand-up comedian, she was placed second in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award 2006 and runner-up in the 2006 Funny Women Awards.

What TV shows has she appeared in?

Diane Morgan made her TV debut as Dawn on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

Since then, Morgan has appeared in Him & Her, Pat & Cabbage, Utopia, Drunk History, Rovers, We The Jury, Mount Pleasant, Motherland, The Cockfields, and Frayed.

Morgan also starred as Kath in Ricky Gervais' critically acclaimed Netflix drama After Life.

In 2019, Diane wrote, directed and starred in the BBC Two comedy short, Mandy. 

What is Mandy and when is it on BBC Two?

Mandy will start on BBC Two on Thursday, August 13, at 9.30pm.

It is a comedy series following the life of Mandy Carter, a woman who is determined to fulfil her dreams of breeding Doberman Pinchers, and getting a sofa.

The show was originally a series of shorts which received such strong reviews that the BBC quickly green-lighted a full series.

 

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