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Anna Crilly

Anna Crilly is an English comedian and actor best known for playing the deadpan Eastern European housekeeper Magda in Jack Dee's BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. After beginning her career in a stand-up in the early 2000s, reaching the finals of the So You Think You're Funny competition at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, she has featured in the CBBC and BBC One children's comedy sketch show Sorry I've Got No Head, as well as her Channel 4' surreal sketch show Anna & Katy, alongside regular partner Katy Wix.

Biography

Educated at Kent College, Pembury and Middlesex University, where she studied performing arts, Anna Crilly] began her comedy career by finishing as a finalist in the "So You Think You're Funny" competition at the 2003 Gilded Balloon. After two successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe the following year, she was offered the role of Magda, the deadpan Eastern European housekeeper, in the BBC sitcom Lead Balloon, alongside Jack Dee. For this role she was nominated in 2008 for a British Comedy Award as Best Female Newcomer, eventually losing out to Katy Brand.

In 2013 Crilly began starring in her own sketch show on Channel 4, Anna & Katy, alongside regular comedy partner Katy Wix. Frequent guests include Lee Mack, with whom Wix and Crilly also star in BBC sitcom Not Going Out.

Since her break-out role in Lead Balloon, Crilly has become a regular on TV screens, starring in BBC children's comedy series Sorry I've Got No Head, alongside Nick Mohammed, Mel Giedroyc, Marek Larwood, Marcus Brigstocke, and William Andrews. Moreover, she also appeared as "woman" in a series 2 episode of Ricky Gervais's comedy Extras as an extra herself.

In 2011 and 2012, she played a waitress zombie slayer named Claire Parker in the BBC One and CBBC sitcom Pixelface, which was a spin-off from the sketch show Sorry, I've Got No Head. An inventive idea, it focused on what computer game characters do in the spare time, when not involved in the online world.

Crilly has also played Mel Gatwick in Tom Basden's long-running sitcom Party[/y], broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 2010 to 2018.

Gender
Female
Nationality
England
Born
Friday 28th November 1975 (44 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Still Open All Hours - Series 6
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Mrs Snaith
2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans Flavia
2018 Still Open All Hours - Series 5
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Mrs Snaith
2018 The Half Actor
2018 Angstrom
  1. E3 - Into the Mad Mind of Madness
Ensemble Actor
2017 The Rebel - Series 2 Cath
2017 The Reunion Mrs Hunt
2017 Witless - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Appraisal's Mum (Voice)
2016 The Rebel - Series 1 Cath
2016 Witless - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Appraisal's Mum
2016 Spot Bots - Series 1
  1. E26 - Super Settings
  2. E14 - Arm Trouble
  3. E13 - Sky Den
  4. E8 - Zipadoodle Doo
  5. E2 - Remote Control
Writer
2015 Hoff The Record - Series 1
  1. E2 - Renew Or Die
Lucinda Young
2015 Celebrity Squares - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2015 The Architects - Series 2 Sarah
2014 Hal - Series 1 Sam
2013 Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
2013 Anna & Katy - Series 1 Various
2013 Anna & Katy - Series 1 Writer
2012 Party - Series 3 Mel
2012 Dead Boss
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Gertie
2012 Walk On The Wild Side - CBBC Pilot
  1. Episode One
Various (Voice)
2012 The One...
  1. E2 - The One Jasper Carrott
Nurse
2012 Pixelface - Series 2 Claireparker
2011 So This Is Christmas Self
2011 Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
2011 Coma Girl Lucy
2011 Anna & Katy - Pilot Various
2011 Anna & Katy - Pilot Writer
2011 The Back End Of Next Week
  1. E11 - Episode Eleven
Guest
2011 Cabin Pressure - Series 3
  1. E3 - Newcastle
Linda
2011 Party - Series 2 Mel
2011 Lead Balloon - Series 4 Magda
2011 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 3 Various
2011 Pixelface - Series 1 Claireparker
2011 Not Going Out - Series 4
  1. E1 - Drugs
Counsellor
2010 Nick Mohammed In Bits Ensemble Actor
2010 Party - Series 1 Mel
2009 Nick Mohammed - Apollo 21 Ensemble Actor
2009 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 2 Various
2009 Nick Mohammed In Quarters Various
2008 Lead Balloon - Series 3 Magda
2008 Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
2008 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 1 Various
2008 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 1 Writer
2007 Lead Balloon - Series 2 Magda
2007 My Family - Series 7
  1. E5 - Susan Of Troy
Researcher
2006 Lead Balloon - Series 1 Magda

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Anna Crilly on IMDb

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