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Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman is a world-renowned British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer, screenwriter, director, author, and businesswoman, who began her career on sketch comedy shows A Kick Up the Eighties (1981-1984) and Three of a Kind (1981-1983). Following a brief singing career, she later appeared with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in ITV sitcom Girls on Top (1985-1986). Next she emigrated to the USA, where she wrote and produced her own TV comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-1990) - which, amongst other things, featured the first ever appearances of The Simpsons. Alongside a fruitful career in feature film, another sketch comedy series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, ran from 2008-2010, winning an Emmy (for Outstanding Makeup) in the process. In 2016 she returned to the UK for her BBC sketch comedy show Tracey Ullman's Show, her first show with the broadcaster for over thirty years, and later made Tracey Breaks the News (2017-present).

Biography

Tracey Ullman is a British-American actress, singer and writer best known for her unique range of topical impressions. She has written and filmed a series of hugely successful self-titled sketch-comedy shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and has made frequent appearances in a number of well-known feature films.

After winning a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, she studied from the age of 12, Ullmann dedicated the early part of her career to professional dancing and singing, and she has five UK top-40 hits to her name -- notably 'They Don't Know' (1983, which also made the top 10 in the US.

She skyrocketed to fame in 1981, when a critically-acclaimed performance in a West End improv show earned her a place in a BBC sketch-comedy show, Three Of A Kind, alongside co-star Lenny Henry. When this ended in 1983, she began to feature in another sitcom, Girls On Top (1985-1986), which saw Ullman team up with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French -- later creators of Absolutely Fabulous -- to play three very dissimilar young women sharing a flat in the heart of London.

Ullman left the UK for the US after this show's first season, where she made a name for herself through a copious amount of impression son The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-1990) and Tracey Takes On... (1996-1999). Matt Groening's classic and beloved American sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running animated TV series in American history, got its first appearance on The Tracey Ullman Show, a fact which showcases Ullman's key eye for detail. Over a lengthy career at the forefront of US television, Ullman amassed 22 Emmy Award nominations and 6 wins.

After her husband's death in 2013, Ullman returned to Britain to develop Tracey Ullman's Show, which debuted in 2016 to rave reviews. Since then, she has played Aunt Julie in TV miniseries Howard's End, has launched her own sketch show, Tracey Breaks The News ([/y]2017[/y]}, which is fondly remembered for her satirical portrayals of Theresa May, amongst others, and has been a frequent guest host of the long-running BBC comedy quiz show Have I Got News For You.

Ullman's success has seen her appear regularly in major motion pictures, beginning with Give My Regards To Broad Street (1984), written by and starring Paul McCartney. She has also featured in the fast-paced parody Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) and Woody Allen's black comedy-crime film Bullets Over Broadway (1994).

Gender
Female
Nationality
England

Awards

  • British Comedy Awards 1994 - Best Female TV Comic: Winner
  • British Comedy Awards 1990 - Best International Comedy Programme: Nominee (Tracey Ullman)
  • British Comedy Awards 1990 - Best British Film Actress: Nominee
  • BAFTA Film Awards 1986 - Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • BAFTA Television Awards 1984 - Best Light Entertainment Performance: Winner
Born
Wednesday 30th December 1959 (60 years-old)

Known for

Credits

Year Production Role
2018 Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E1 - Episode One
Self
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 56
  1. Special - Have I Got 2018 News For You
Host / Presenter
2018 The Last Leg - Series 15
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2018 Tracey Breaks The News - Series 2 Various
2018 Tracey Breaks The News - Series 2 Executive Producer
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 55
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Host / Presenter
2017 Tracey Breaks The News - Series 1 Various
2017 Tracey Breaks The News - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Writer
2017 Tracey Breaks The News - Series 1 Executive Producer
2017 Tracey Breaks The News - Tracey Breaks The News Various
2017 Tracey Breaks The News - Tracey Breaks The News Executive Producer
2017 Tracey Ullman's Show - Series 2 Various
2017 Tracey Ullman's Show - Series 2 Executive Producer
2016 Have I Got News For You - Series 52
  1. Special - Have I Got 2016 News For You
Host / Presenter
2016 Have I Got News For You - Series 51
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2016 Tracey Ullman's Show - Series 1 Various
2016 Tracey Ullman's Show - Series 1 Executive Producer
2016 Tracey Ullman's Show Creator
2016 The Graham Norton Show - Series 18
  1. E13 - Ralph Fiennes, Tracey Ullman, James Nesbitt, James Bay
Guest
2014 Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2009 Mumbai Calling - Series 1 Telephone Caller (Voice)
1985 Girls On Top - Series 1 Candice Valentine
1984 A Kick Up The Eighties - Series 2 Various
1981 Three Of A Kind - Series 3 Host / Presenter
1981 Three Of A Kind - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1981 Three Of A Kind - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1981 A Kick Up The Eighties - Series 1 Various

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Tracey Ullman on IMDb

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