Arabella Weir.

Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir is a British comedian, actor, and writer, best known for her television roles in The Fast Show and Posh Nosh. An accomplished author and journalist, her book Does My Bum Look Big In This? was an international bestseller, and she has also written numerous articles for The Guardian and The Independent.


Arabella Weir was born in San Francisco, California, and attended nursery in Washington D.C., where her father, former British ambassador Sir Michael Weir, was posted as a member of the British diplomatic corps. Later she would be educated at the Sacre Coeur Convent in Cairo, Egypt, and the French Lycée in London, England. During her childhood Weir spent many a summer with family friends and relatives in Scotland, and describes herself as 'culturally Scottish'.

Aged 9 she moved to Bahrain with her father, returning to London after passing the eleven-plus when her father was posted to New York. A pupil at Camden School for Girls, she went on to study drama at Middlesex Polytechnic. Weir's rather fractious relationship with her mother, and this rollercoaster-ride of a childhood that spanned the globe, became the subject of her debut one-woman show, Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This? The show's title is a pun on Weir's bestselling novel (see below), and she took the show to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival.

Weir was a writer for BBC Two sketch show The Fast Show[/c] from 1994 to 2001, and in 2013 became a main cast member on the BBC Two and BBC One sitcom Two Doors Down[/c], about Latimer Crescent residents Eric and Beth Baird, plus their neighbours and immediate family.

In 1998 Weir published the international bestselling book Does My Bum Look Big In This?, a catchphrase of her character "Insecure Woman" in The Fast Show.

In 2001, Weir took part in the Weakest Link Comedians Special.

She joined the cast of Calendar Girls at London's Noël Coward Theatre in November 2009, playing the role of "Chris Harper" until the play's run in the West End finished in January 2010.

From 2013 to 2016 Weir starred as Jenny in Drifters, an E4 sitcom about three female friends in their 20s. She also featured in the first two series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Believe It!, in which Richard Wilson, of BBC One sitcom One Foot In The Grave fame, narrates his semi-fictional autobiography. The title is a pun on Wilson's catchphrase in that earlier BBC sitcom: "I Don't Believe It!"

Weir is a close friend of actor David Tennant (indeed, Tennant lodged with her for five years in London), and they share an interest in Doctor Who. Weir voiced the female incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who Unbound Big Finish episode Exile, and she also featured in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special entitled The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe.

United Kingdom
Friday 6th December 1957 (62 years-old) - San Francisco (USA)


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Year Production Role
2021 Two Doors Down - Series 5 Announced Beth
2020 The Fast Show: Just A Load Of Blooming Catchphrases Announced Self
2020 Glasgow International Comedy Festival Self
2020 Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This? Self
2019 Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big in This? Self
2019 Cornbury Festival (Oxfordshire) Self
2019 Pure
  1. E1 - Episode One
2019 Two Doors Down - Series 4 Beth
2018 Two Doors Down - Series 3 Beth
2017 Two Doors Down - Christmas Special Beth
2017 Believe It! - Series 3
  1. E2 - Truth
Sheila Kaufmann
2017 The Allotment Sally
2016 Two Doors Down - Series 2 Beth
2016 Drifters - Series 4 Jenny
2016 Two Doors Down - Series 1 Beth
2015 Drifters - Series 3 Jenny
2015 Nurse
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Mrs Hamilton
2015 Boswell's Lives - Series 1
  1. E2 - Boswell's Life Of Callas
Maria Callas
2014 Drifters - Series 2 Jenny
2014 The Fast Show Special Various
2014 House Of Fools - Series 1
  1. E5 - The Birthday Affair
Advert Wife
2013 Two Doors Down - Pilot Beth
2013 Believe It! - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
2013 Citizen Khan - Series 2
  1. E5 - Shazia's Gym Visit
2013 Drifters - Series 1 Jenny
2012 Believe It! - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
2011 Sitcom Does...
  1. E4 - Sitcom Does Christmas With Ricky Tomlinson
  2. E3 - Sitcom Does Friends With Neil Morrissey
  3. E2 - Sitcom Does Romance With Joanna Page
  4. E1 - Sitcom Does Families With Hugh Dennis
2011 My Teenage Diary - Series 3
  1. E4 - Arabella Weir
2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
2011 The Simon Day Show - Series 1
  1. E1 - Geoffrey Allerton
2010 Laughed Off The Page - Series 3
  1. E6 - Arabella Weir
2009 Hotel Trubble - Series 1
  1. E11 - A Sistery Mystery
Sister Matic
2008 Chain Reaction - Series 4
  1. E4 - Arabella Weir interviews Paul Whitehouse
Host / Presenter
2008 Chain Reaction - Series 4
  1. E3 - Richard Wilson interviews Arabella Weir
2007 The Grumpy Guide To... - Series 2 Self
2007 Tough Gig Self
2007 The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups
  1. E2 - 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2010
  2. E1 - The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007
2001 Smelling Of Roses - Series 2 Kate
2000 Smelling Of Roses - Series 1 Kate
1998 Goodness Gracious Me - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
1997 Have I Got News For You - Series 14
  1. E5 - Episode Five
1994 The Fast Show - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E3 - Episode Three
1994 The Fast Show - Series 1 Various
1993 Bonjour La Classe
  1. E3 - Vive La Revolution
1988 Les Girls Actor

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Arabella Weir on IMDb

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