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 2001, Weir took part in the Weakest Link Comedians Special.
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)
|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||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
|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||Boswell's Lives - Series 1||Maria Callas|
|2014||Drifters - Series 2||Jenny|
|2014||The Fast Show Special||Various|
|2014|| House Of Fools - Series 1
|2013||Two Doors Down - Pilot||Beth|
|2013||Believe It! - Series 2||Ensemble Actor|
|2013|| Citizen Khan - Series 2
|2013||Drifters - Series 1||Jenny|
|2012||Believe It! - Series 1||Ensemble Actor|
|2011|| My Teenage Diary - Series 3
|2011||Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s||Self|
|2011|| The Simon Day Show - Series 1
|2010|| Laughed Off The Page - Series 3
|2009|| Hotel Trubble - Series 1
|2008||Chain Reaction - Series 4||Host / Presenter|
|2008||Chain Reaction - Series 4||Guest|
|2007||The Grumpy Guide To... - Series 2||Self|
|2007||The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups||Self|
|2001||Smelling Of Roses - Series 2||Kate|
|2000||Smelling Of Roses - Series 1||Kate|
|1998|| Goodness Gracious Me - Series 1
|1997|| Have I Got News For You - Series 14
|1994|| The Fast Show - Series 1
|1994||The Fast Show - Series 1||Various|
|1993|| Bonjour La Classe
Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Arabella Weir on IMDb