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Ruth Bratt

Ruth Bratt

A versatile character actress with an innate flair for comedy, Ruth can be seen on the comedy circuit, both doing improvisation and as part of double act Trodd en Bratt. Ruth has most recently been seen on TV with Vic Reeves in The Ministry of Curious Stuff and with Ricky Gervais in his C4 series Derek. She voiced several characters in both series of the BBC comedy Mongrels and also plays Marion in Sarah Millican’s hit series for BBC Radio 4, Sarah Millican’s Support Group.

With her comedy partner Lucy Trodd, Ruth has been commissioned to write and star in a four part series for BBC Radio 4 based on their 2012 Edinburgh show Trodd en Bratt – Well Done You which will be recorded in early October and be broadcast in 2014.

An improv specialist, Ruth was seen in BBC2 show Fast&Loose which aired in January 2011. Ruth is also a founder member of Showstoppers. At the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival they were the recipients of the Meryvn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, and will be returning this summer for the 6th year to perform at The Gilded Balloon. The show has recently recorded its own series for Radio 4. The show has been hugely popular in London where the team have had residencies at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington, The Charing Cross Theatre, The Udderbelly on the South Bank and the Ambassadors Theatre, West End, as well as touring the UK (and Hong Kong!)

She is also a founder member of Panthercannon, with David Reed, David Armand and Andrew Pugsley, and runs, with Pippa Evans and Lucy Trodd, Newborn Comedy at Leicester Square Theatre, to develop and try out new material.

Ruth first came to prominence when she was runner-up in the prestigious nationwide Babycham Funny Women stand up competition in 2005. In 2006 she co-starred with Kirsten O’Brien in Lesley’s Lunch Hour and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since. Edinburgh 2008 saw her first one-woman show with And On Your Left…Ruth Bratt and she also performed and produced The Reduced Edinburgh Fringe Impro Show.

Ruth was a midwife in the latest series of Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and was a regular in Touch Me I’m Karen Taylor on BBC3 and a further pilot made by Channel K Productions. She has also appeared in CBBC’s The Slammer and ITV2′s backstage coverage of the Brit Awards as well as Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive for BBC3, Channel Five’s Generation Sex and Channel 4′s FAQ U where she was a regular panellist.

Ruth teaches improvisation at The Bridge, where she trained, and also runs a weekly drop-in impro workshop in Stockwell on Saturdays for the Crunchy Frog Collective.

“She gave one of the finest comedy performances I have seen this Fringe with a delightful eye for timing and subtlety. A genuine all-round talent with the singing voice of an angel and the cutting wit of the most hardened circuit comic” – Chortle

“The blissfully comic Ruth Bratt” – What’s On