Diane Morgan (born 1 October 1975)[1][2] is an English actress, comedian, and writer. She has appeared on BBC comedy series Mock the Week,[3] and – in her comedy persona of Philomena Cunk – on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, and as presenter of the mockumentaries Cunk on Christmas, Cunk on Shakespeare and Cunk on Britain. She also works with fellow comedian Joe Wilkinson as part of the sketch group "Two Episodes of Mash".[4]

Diane Morgan
Born (1975-10-01) 1 October 1975 (age 44)
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
ResidenceBloomsbury, London, England
OccupationActress, comedian, writer
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Ben Caudell

Life and careerEdit

Morgan grew up in Farnworth and Kearsley near Bolton, Greater Manchester.[5] She studied at East 15 Acting School[6] before playing Dawn in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.[7] 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.[8]

Two Episodes of MashEdit

Morgan and Joe Wilkinson formed the sketch duo Two Episodes of Mash. From 2008, they performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three consecutive years,[9][10][11] and have appeared on Robert Webb's satirical news show Robert's Web.[12] In 2012, the group completed their second BBC radio series[13] (co-starring David O'Doherty), and appeared in BBC Three's Live at the Electric.

TelevisionEdit

Morgan has appeared regularly as Philomena Cunk in Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe.[14] In 2013 she appeared in the TV series Pat & Cabbage.[15] In 2014 Morgan made an appearance in the TV series Utopia, as Tess,[14] and in 2015 she appeared in two episodes of Drunk History.[citation needed]

In 2016 Morgan played Mandy in Sky One's comedy series Rovers, appearing in all six episodes of the first series. She also appeared in the pilot for the BBC Two comedy We the Jury as Olivia.[citation needed] On 29 December, she presented BBC Two's Cunk on Christmas.[16] She also plays receptionist Talia in Sky's comedy drama Mount Pleasant and Liz in the BBC Two comedy Motherland.

In April 2018 the five-part historical mockumentary Cunk on Britain began broadcasting on BBC Two.[17][18]

Currently, Morgan stars as Kath in the Netflix black comedy series, After Life.[19]

FilmEdit

Morgan played David Brent's public relations guru in David Brent: Life on the Road. Morgan has also appeared in several short films, including The Boot Sale, which was shortlisted in the Virgin Media Shorts film competition 2010.[20][21]

LiteratureEdit

In 2018, Morgan wrote Cunk on Everything: The Philomena Cunk Encyclopedia from the perspective of her character Cunk. It was published by Two Roads on 1 November 2018.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Morgan lives in Bloomsbury, London, with partner Ben Caudell, a BBC comedy producer.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Diane Morgan". Register of Companies. Companies House. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Mock the Week", Series 10, Episode 2, BBC Two.
  4. ^ "Two Episodes of Mash", Radio 2's Comedy Showcase, BBC Radio 2, 2010.
  5. ^ "2013 looks to be a busy year for funny girl Diane". The Bolton News. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ Stuart Jeffries. "Meet Diane Morgan, the genius behind TV dimwit Philomena Cunk". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Diane Morgan – Writer & Performer". unitedagents.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Funny Women Final 2006". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  9. ^ Donaldson, Brian (10 August 2010). "Two Episodes of Mash – Review". Edinburgh Festival List. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  10. ^ Donaldson, Brian (21 August 2008). "Potentially great sketches simmer to nothing". Edinburgh Festival List. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  11. ^ Meek, Thomas (19 August 2009). "Two Episodes of Mash". Edinburgh Festival List. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Robert's Web", Channel 4.
  13. ^ Series 2: Two Episodes of Mash, BBC Radio 4.
  14. ^ a b Harrison, Andrew (4 March 2014). "In Praise of TV Philosophress Philomena Cunk". Esquire. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Pat & Cabbage – Cast & Crew". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Cunk on Christmas – BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  17. ^ "'She's bulletproof' – Diane Morgan talks 'Cunk On Britain'". 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Cunk on Britain – BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  19. ^ Sanusi, Victoria (8 March 2019). "After Life cast: who stars with Ricky Gervais in new Netflix series – and where else you've seen them". iNews. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  20. ^ Everett, Lucinda (8 October 2010). "Virgin Media Shorts: director Jonathan van Tulleken on his short film The Boot Sale". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Secrets of Success: The Boot Sale". virginmediashorts.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  22. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (18 May 2018). "Cunk on Everything to Two Roads". The Bookseller. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  23. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (28 October 2017). "Diane Morgan: 'I want to play weirdos'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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