Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke (born 14 December 1972), known professionally as Miranda Hart, is an English actress, comedian and writer. Following drama training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Hart began writing material for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and making appearances in various British sitcoms including Hyperdrive and Not Going Out.
Hart in 2011
14 December 1972
|Residence||Hammersmith, London, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Parent(s)||Diana Luce |
David Hart Dyke
Hart reached a wider audience with her self-driven semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom Miranda, which is based on her earlier BBC Radio 2 radio series Miranda Hart's Joke Shop (2008). The television sitcom ran for three series and several Christmas specials from 2009 to 2015, and earned her three Royal Television Society awards, four British Comedy Awards and four BAFTA nominations. In 2012, she began appearing in the BBC drama Call the Midwife as Camilla "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne. She made her Hollywood debut in Paul Feig's film Spy (2015) as Melissa McCarthy's sidekick Nancy B. Artingstall.
Hart has also written four books: Is It Just Me? (2012), a semi-autobiographical book; The Best of Miranda (2014), a compilation of scripts from the TV series; Peggy and Me (2016), a description of her life since owning her titular dog; and Miranda Hart's Daily Dose of Such Fun! (2017), in partnership with Comic Relief. She embarked on her first stand-up tour, My, What I Call, Live Show, which toured arenas in the UK and Ireland in 2014 and was later released on DVD. In 2017, Hart presented the Royal Variety Performance in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, making her the first solo female presenter in 105 years.
Hart was born on 14 December 1972 in Torquay, Devon, the daughter of Captain David Hart Dyke and Diana Margaret Luce. Her father was commanding officer of HMS Coventry when it was sunk by the Argentinians in the 1982 Falklands conflict, and he was badly burned in trying to escape the stricken warship. She has a younger sister, Alice Louisa Hart Dyke (born 1975).
Hart is from an aristocratic background, but does not consider herself upper class. Hart added that her genealogy can be traced back to the 12th century and that her aunt and uncle (Sarah and Guy Hart Dyke) live in a castle that they cannot afford to run.
Her paternal family can be traced through her grandfather, Eric Hart Dyke. Her paternal great-great-great-grandfather was cricketer and Rector Thomas Dyke. Hart's patrilineal great-great-great-great-grandfather was Sir Percival Hart Dyke, 5th Baronet (1767–1846). Her distant cousin, the 10th and present baronet, Sir David Hart Dyke, lives in Canada. One of her first cousins is plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke, creator of the World of Gardens at Lullingstone Castle.
Her maternal grandfather was Sir William Luce (1907–1977), who was Commander-in-Chief and Governor of Aden (1956–60). Her mother's only sibling is the Lord Luce, a former Conservative MP and minister, later HM Governor and Commander in Chief of Gibraltar (1997–2000) and Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household (2000–06). Richard's son, the journalist and author Edward Luce, is one of Miranda Hart's first cousins.
Her great-uncle, the brother of her maternal grandfather, was Admiral Sir David Luce, who served as First Sea Lord. The father of David and William, Miranda Hart's great-grandfather, was Rear Admiral John Luce. John's brother, her great-great-uncle, was Major General Sir Richard Harman Luce, who served as Member of Parliament for Derby (1924–29).
Her other maternal great-grandfather (through William's wife Margaret Napier) was Vice Admiral Sir Trevylyan Napier, who was the Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station (1919–20). His wife, Miranda's great-grandmother, was Mary Elizabeth Culme-Seymour, daughter of Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 3rd Baronet, Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom (1901–20). Both the Culme-Seymours were implicated in the Mylius affair.
Hart is a fourth cousin, twice removed, of Diana, Princess of Wales. Their common ancestors were George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer and his wife Lavinia Spencer, Countess Spencer. Through the 2nd Earl Spencer, both Miranda and Diana descend from Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. If Lucy Walter's younger child Mary did have royal paternity as she maintained throughout her life, Hart is the ten-times-great-granddaughter of Charles II of England.
Education and training
Hart grew up in Petersfield, Hampshire. She was educated at Downe House, near Thatcham, Berkshire, an independent girls' boarding school. She was a classmate and friend of the sports presenter Clare Balding, who was head girl. She attended the University of the West of England in Bristol, graduating with a 2:1 degree in political science. She then completed a postgraduate course in Acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
In 2002, she performed a solo show in Edinburgh, and in 2004 she pitched a comedy show to the BBC. At her read-through for BBC executives, Absolutely Fabulous writer and star Jennifer Saunders was present.
Before her own series was commissioned, Hart made appearances in various British sitcoms. In Not Going Out she initially appeared as an acupuncturist. However, her performance impressed producers so much that they wrote a regular role for her as Barbara, a sarcastic and clumsy cleaner. She continued to play the part until the production of Miranda in 2009. Hart earned a British Comedy Award nomination for her role as Teal in two series of the BBC television comedy sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive, which ran from January 2006 to August 2007.
She also appeared in even smaller roles in French & Saunders, My Family and Other Animals, Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous where she played a 'Japanese' woman called Yoko, The Vicar of Dibley as a speed-date programmer, Lead Balloon, William and Mary, Smack the Pony (for which she wrote and performed in a couple of sketches and a number of video diaries), Stupid!, Monday Monday as Tall Karen, and as a minicab driver in the Channel 5 comedy Angelos, which ran for 6 episodes.
Hart is best known for her performance in her self-titled, self-penned and semi-autobiographical sitcom Miranda, which started recording for BBC Two in 2008 and began airing on 9 November 2009. The situation comedy also features Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis, Patricia Hodge, James Holmes, and Sally Phillips. The series is based on Hart's semi-autobiographical writing and followed a television pilot and the BBC Radio 2 comedy Miranda Hart's Joke Shop. Described as an "old-fashioned" sitcom, it received positive comments from critics and Hart won the 2009 Royal Television Society award for comedy performance for her role in the first series. A second series was commissioned and filming started in mid-2010. The series began airing on BBC Two and BBC HD on 15 November 2010. A third series began broadcasting from 26 December 2012 on BBC One. Repeats of the show have begun airing on UKTV Gold. She also presented a BBC spoof programme looking back over 2009 called 2009 Unwrapped with Miranda Hart. A similar show looking back over 2010 was also broadcast in December 2010. In 2014, she announced that her sitcom Miranda would come to an end after two final episodes due to air in December 2014.
She appeared as guest host of Have I Got News for You in October 2009, December 2010 and again in December 2011. On 27 December, she was a team member on Big Fat Quiz 2011, a quiz about the events of that year presented by Jimmy Carr, appearing alongside David Walliams (team blue). As a fan of the series, Hart has also appeared twice on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. On Boxing Day 2011, she appeared in an episode of Bear Grylls' Wild Weekend. She also scaled down one of the Alps with Bear Grylls in a show with him in March 2013. She has appeared on the Graham Norton Show 7 times, on 10 May and 3 December in 2010, 29 April 2011, 19 October 2012, 20 December 2013, 24 October 2014 and 8 May 2015. In January 2013, Hart appeared on Room 101 along with Reggie Yates and John Craven.
In 2012, Hart began to appear in the BBC One drama Call the Midwife, playing the character of "Camilla 'Chummy' Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne".
As part of the 60-year Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Hart co-presented a number of segments at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012. In 2013, Hart presented a one-off interview show with her hero Bruce Forsyth entitled When Miranda Met Bruce.
In December 2013, Hart appeared in David Walliams' film adaptation of his book Gangsta Granny. She played Linda, Ben's mother. Also in December 2013, she was lined up to star in To Love, Honour and Betray (Till Divorce Do Us Part), the TV version of Kathy Lette's novel.
In 2017, it was reported that her sitcom Miranda may return for a fourth series, and was said to be in the conception stage. However, in early 2018, Hart denied the rumours were true, stating that while she had "thought about" it, "that's all."
Hart played a cameo in David Baddiel's feature film The Infidel and appeared in World of Wrestling, a short film by Tim Plester, in which she played "Klondyke Kate", a wrestler billed as "hell in boots." The film was released in late 2007 alongside its companion shorts Blakes Junction 7 and Ant Muzak. Hart made a cameo appearance as a loan officer in the 2007 comedy film Magicians which featured David Mitchell and Robert Webb, both stars of the long running television series Peep Show. In 2013, 12 in a Box was released, a feature film in which Hart plays a small role that was originally made in 2007.
Her semi-autobiographical series Miranda Hart's Joke Shop was aired on BBC Radio 2 in 2008 and went on from there to be developed into the television series Miranda. Hart has also presented comedy specials for the network alongside Jon Holmes. In October 2011 she attracted criticism after co-hosting The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Holmes while Chris Evans was on holiday. The website Digital Spy reported that some listeners were unhappy with the quality of the programme. The BBC issued a statement in response saying, "Miranda Hart is one of the UK's best-loved comedians and BBC Radio 2 felt it appropriate to bring her warmth to its audience for a week. Jon Holmes is a highly experienced presenter from BBC Radio 6 Music [...] BBC Radio 2 appreciates if their presentation wasn't to everyone's liking, but feels it's important to be able to bring new talent to its output and hopes its audience understands the importance of maintaining a breadth of content on the network."
Avoiding the normal stand-up circuit for more character-based comedy, including an appearance in the Edinburgh and touring show The Sitcom Trials, Hart has written her own theatre material for the Edinburgh Fringe. Her one-woman shows include Miranda Hart – Throbs, It's All About Me and Miranda Hart's House Party. She also performed in Alecky Blythe's 2006 play Cruising at the Bush Theatre.
She was among the performers at the Diamond Jubilee concert held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012.
Hart was the second contestant to be voted off the third series of Comic Relief does Fame Academy in 2007. Two years later, she appeared in the final sketch from comedy duo French and Saunders, which was broadcast during Red Nose Day 2009. In 2010, she and six other TV celebrities raised over £1 million for the charity Sport Relief cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End. She starred as a judge on both series two and three of Let's Dance for Comic Relief, alongside other guest judges including Kelly Brook, Rufus Hound and Louie Spence in 2010 and 2011. In aid of Comic Relief, a Miranda mini-episode set in the world of Pineapple Dance Studios was broadcast on 18 March as part of Red Nose Day 2011. She took part in a Red Nose Day edition of Celebrity MasterChef in 2011, which she won. Hart also co-presented Sport Relief 2012, which concluded with her and fellow comedian David Walliams dancing semi-naked to ABBA's Dancing Queen. She also donated a signed Miranda script to be auctioned in aid of Comic Relief.
Hart released a book in October 2012 titled Is It Just Me?, featuring stories, anecdotes and life advice delivered in her own style. In January 2013 it was announced that she was writing a second book, called Peggy and Me, which was to be published on 9 October 2014, but was pushed back to 2015 and finally released in October 2016. The Best of Miranda, a compilation of scripts from the TV series Miranda, was published on 23 October 2014. In partnership with Comic Relief, Hart released a book called Miranda Hart's Daily Dose of Such Fun! in 2017, which featured something unique for the reader to do each day in the year.
Her most recent publication is The Girl with the Lost Smile, published in October 2017.
In her early twenties, Hart had an unsuccessful trial at Queens Park Rangers Ladies; she revealed this during Would I Lie to You. During a special guest exclusive on the BBC Red Button, her first guest was her friend Clare Balding who was head girl in their schooldays.
|2001||Smack the Pony||Various Characters||Series Three – 3 episodes|
|2004||William and Mary||Penelope||Series Two, Episode Four|
|2004||Mothers & Daughters||Kate||Feature film|
|2004||Absolutely Fabulous||Yoko||Christmas Special – "White Box"|
|2004–2007||Stupid!||Various Characters||Series One & Two|
|2005||The Vicar of Dibley||Suzie||New Year Special – "Happy New Year"|
|2005||Man Stroke Woman||Customer||Series One, Episode Five|
|2005||Nighty Night||Beth||Series Two – 4 episodes|
|2005||My Family and Other Animals||Jonquil||Television film|
|2005–2006||Comedy Lab||Various Characters||2 episodes – "Speeding" & "Slap"|
|2006||Don't Even Think It!||Ginny Singleton||Short film|
|2006||Lead Balloon||Maureen||Series One, Episode One – "Rubbish"|
|2007||12 in a Box||Rachel||Feature film|
|2007||Rush Hour||Lollipop Lady||Series One|
|2007||I Want Candy||Working Title Receptionist||Feature film|
|2007||Roman's Empire||Casting Director||Series One, Episode Five|
|2007||Magicians||Bank Manager||Feature film|
|2006–2007||Hyperdrive||Teal||Series One & Two – 12 episodes|
|2007||World of Wrestling||Klondyke||Short film|
|2007||Angelo's||Shelley||Series One – 6 episodes|
|2007||The Everglades||Unnamed role||Television short|
|2008||Tales of the River Bank||Miss Much||Direct-to-DVD feature film|
|2008||Hotel Trubble||Mrs. Lily Lemon||Series One, Episode Four – "Tall Tales"|
|2009||French and Saunders' Mamma Mia!||Phyllida Lloyd||Sketch part of Red Nose Day 2009|
|2009||Monday Monday||Tall Karen||Series One – 7 episodes|
|2006–2009||Not Going Out||Acupuncturist / Barbara||Series One to Three – 17 episodes|
|2009||A Very British Cult||Joyce||Short film|
|2010||The Infidel||Mrs. Keyes||Feature film|
|2010||The One Ronnie||Cake Shop Owner / Church Committee Member||Christmas television special|
|2011||The Itch of the Golden Nit||Julie (voice)||Short film|
|2013||Gangsta Granny||Linda||Television film|
|2009–2015||Miranda||Miranda Preston||Three Series & two specials – 20 episodes (also writer)|
|2012–2015||Call the Midwife||Chummy Browne (later Noakes)||22 episodes|
|2015||Spy||Nancy B. Artingstall||Feature film|
|2016||Alan Carr's 12 Stars of Christmas||Herself|
|2016||Miranda: Morecambe & Wise and Me||Host||TV special|
|TBA||The Canterville Ghost||The Ghost Catcher||Voice|
Awards and nominations
In 2010, Hart won the Best Comedy Performance award from the Royal Television Society for her performance in Miranda and was also nominated for best comedy writing. She and Patricia Hodge were both nominated for "Best Comedy Actress" awards at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival 2010.
In 2011, she won "Best Comedy Actress" and "People's Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy" in the British Comedy Awards 2011, where Miranda also won "Best New British TV Comedy" and was nominated for "Best Sitcom". The same year, she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress in a comedy role and her hit BBC Two sitcom Miranda was nominated for the BAFTA YouTube choice award, the only award voted for by the public.
|2006||Hyperdrive||British Comedy Awards||Best Female Comedy Newcomer||Nominated|
|2010||Miranda—Series 1||Best TV Sitcom||Nominated|
|Best New TV Comedy||Won|
|Best TV Comedy Actress||Won|
|People's Choice Award||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role||Nominated|
|Best Situation Comedy||Nominated|
|Monte-Carlo TV Festival—Golden Nymph||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Writer for a Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|
|Best Scripted Comedy||Won|
|Banff TV Festival—Banff Rockie Award||Best Sitcom||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role||Nominated|
|British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Actress||Won|
|Best TV Sitcom||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award||Nominated|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Comedy and/or Entertainment||Won|
|TV Quick Awards||Best Comedy Show||Nominated|
|2012||National Television Awards||Most Popular Sitcom||Nominated|
|Call the Midwife||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Is It Just Me?||National Book Awards||Non-Fiction Book of the Year||Won|
|2013||Call the Midwife||National Television Awards||Outstanding Drama Performance (Female)||Won|
|Miranda—Series 3||British Academy Television Awards||Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role||Nominated|
|My, What I Call, Live Show|
|1 February 2014||Sydney||Australia||Seymour Centre|
|2 February 2014|
|10 February 2014||Melbourne||Melbourne Athenaeum|
|11 February 2014|
|12 February 2014|
|UK and Ireland|
|28 February 2014||Bournemouth||England||Bournemouth International Centre|
|1 March 2014|
|2 March 2014|
|4 March 2014||Plymouth||Plymouth Pavilions|
|5 March 2014|
|6 March 2014||Nottingham||Capital FM Arena|
|7 March 2014|
|8 March 2014|
|10 March 2014||Cardiff||Wales||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|11 March 2014|
|12 March 2014||London||England||The O2 Arena|
|13 March 2014|
|14 March 2014||Manchester||Manchester Arena|
|15 March 2014|
|17 March 2014||Glasgow||Scotland||The Hydro|
|18 March 2014|
|19 March 2014||Newcastle||England||Metro Radio Arena|
|20 March 2014|
|21 March 2014||Leeds||First Direct Arena|
|23 March 2014|
|24 March 2014||Liverpool||Echo Arena Liverpool|
|25 March 2014|
|28 March 2014||Belfast||Northern Ireland||Odyssey Arena|
|29 March 2014||Dublin||Ireland||The O2|
|1 April 2014||Brighton||England||Brighton Centre|
|2 April 2014|
|5 April 2014||Sheffield||Motorpoint Arena Sheffield|
|6 April 2014|
|8 April 2014||Birmingham||National Indoor Arena|
|9 April 2014|
|10 April 2014|
|11 April 2014||London||The O2 Arena|
|12 April 2014|
|10 October 2014||Wembley Arena|
|11 October 2014|
|15 October 2014||Cardiff||Wales||Motorpoint Arena|
|18 October 2014|
Works and publications
- Hart, Miranda (2012). Is It Just Me?. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-44-473414-0. OCLC 884722084.
- Hart, Miranda (2014). The Best of Miranda: Favourite Episodes Plus Added Treats - Such Fun!. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9781444799354. OCLC 887937305.
- Hart, Miranda (2016). Peggy and Me. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-44-476913-5. OCLC 908706052.
- Hart, Miranda (2017). Miranda Hart's Daily Dose of Such Fun!. Hodder Paperbacks. ISBN 978-1473656451.
- Hart, Miranda (2017). The Girl with the Lost Smile. Hodder Children's Books. ISBN 978-1444941364.
|Ancestors of Miranda Hart|
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