Josie is one of Britain´s best loved actresses and comediennes and has just finished playing the role of Madeleine in AMEDEE at the Birmingham Rep. She first became a household name in WHO´S LINE IS IT ANYWAY? for Channel 4, and is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players with whom she still performs. On stage, she won the Peggy Ashcforft Award for TAMING OF THE SHREW at RSC, starred as Benedick in the all-female MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Globe, and has starred as Anna in THE KING & I at the London Palladium and ACORN ANTIQUES THE MUSICAL with Victoria Wood at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. On screen, she had her own Channel 4 series JOSIE, and was critically acclaimed in OUTSIDE EDGE opposite Timothy Spall and Brenda Blethyn. Some of her other much loved star vehicles have included ENCHANTED APRIL and DOWNWARDLY MOBILE Recent TV/Film credits include FINDING YOUR FEET alongside Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton, HUMANS (Channel 4) STELLA (SKY), THE GOOD GUIDE TO PARENTING with Peter Davidson, Manda Best in EASTENDERS, and ROBIN HOOD (BBC), THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP (ITV) and SKINS opposite Peter Capaldi. On radio, Josie is a BBC Radio 4 regular, and next appears on JUST A MINUTE. Spring 2017 also sees the release of THE RELUCTANT PERSUADERS for BBC Radio 4.
Andy has been performing as a guest with The Comedy Store Players for over fifteen years and became a permanent member of the team in 1995. Before joining the Players he was one half of the Vicious Boys with Angelo Abela. Together they won the 1984 Time Out Street Entertainer Award and later appeared on The Tube, where, dressed as a bell boy and pretending to be a Great Dane, Andy licked Paula Yates’ face! For more information visit http://www.comedystoreplayers.com
Neil is a founder member of the Comedy Store Players and can be seen regularly performing as part of the team in London. Neil also tours with his one-man show, Don't be Needy, Be Succeedy. For more information visit http://www.comedystoreplayers.com
Steve Steen is a British actor and comedian best known for his improvisation partnership with Jim Sweeney.
The duo met at Clapham College and joined a theatre club in 1972. They wrote and starred in a show which parodied much of the other shows being held in London that year. Then they formed their own theatre company and wrote and toured productions around the UK for the rest of the 1970s. Steen and Sweeney appeared on television together for the first time in 1981 with the ITV children´s show CBTV, followed by one of Channel 4´s first comedies, Little Armadillos and a role for Steen in Ben Elton´s comedy Happy Families.
Rory Bremner recruited them as resident support performers on his first sketch show for the BBC, and shortly afterwards they starred as poets Byron (Steen) and Coleridge (Sweeney) in an episode of Blackadder the Third.
Steen had a major roles in Sweeney´s award winning play, Danny´s Wake, which was subsequently adapted into a sitcom for Radio 4. Steen continued to play Billy throughout the two series. Steen played Liam in another radio play, Any Bloke. Sweeney was recruited as a solo performer thereafter for "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", but Steen was soon summoned for the Channel 4 improvisation show, and was a runaway success in his six episodes. He also guested on Have I Got News for You in 1992 (without Sweeney). He has combined one-off acting roles on TV with taking improv tours, with Sweeney and others, around the UK and beyond.
He is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players.
Ruth Bratt is a versatile character actress with an innate flair for comedy and constantly in demand.
Ruth first came to prominence when she was runner-up in the prestigious nationwide Funny Women stand up competition in 2005 and was a semi-finalist in the So You Think You’re Funny competition the same year.
An improv specialist, Ruth was a regular on BBC2 show Fast&Loose, which aired in January 2011. Ruth is a founder member of Showstopper: The Improvised Musical. The show had its own series for Radio 4 and can be seen live in the West End and touring the UK. At the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival they were the recipients of the Meryvn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award. She is also in impro group Panthercannon, which performs regularly at the Pleasance Theatre, and one half of impro duo DnR. Ruth’s BBC Radio 4 series with Lucy Trodd entitled Trodd en Bratt Say: Well Done You, was broadcast in Spring 2014.
She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival for the last 11 years, where she has performed with Showstopper and Trodd en Bratt, as well as her one-woman show And On Your Left... Ruth Bratt.
She was a regular in Touch Me I’m Karen Taylor on BBC3, and a further pilot made by Channel K Productions. She has also appeared in CBBC’s The Slammer and ITV2?s backstage coverage of the Brit Awards as Well as Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive for BBC3, and Channel 4?s FAQ U where she was a regular panellist.
Recent credits include Midnight Beast, People Just Do Nothing and Quick Cuts. After the recording the first series of Ricky Gervais’ Derek, she went straight into filming with Vic Reeves on The Ministry of Curious Stuff. Ruth voiced several characters in both series of the BBC comedy Mongrels. She also plays Marion in Sarah Millican’s hit series for BBC Radio 4, Sarah Millican’s Support Group. Ruth also appeared in the second series of Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show.
2015 has seen Ruth along with the rest of The Showstoppers have been performing at the Apollo Theatre for six weeks meaning eight new musicals have had their West End premiere. The end of November will also see series 2 of Trodd en Bratt Say Well Done You Two on BBC Radio 4.
Colin Sell is a British pianist who has appeared on the radio panel games Whose Line Is It Anyway? and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show, where he is frequently the butt of the host´s jokes. He is the Head of Music at East 15 Acting School, Essex. Until 1998 he was Head of Music at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup and was instrumental in the creation of the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician course there. He occasionally provides live musical accompaniment for The Comedy Store Players, a comedy improvisation group based in The Comedy Store, London. He wrote music for the University of Bristol´s revues in the early 1970s, leading to performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Simon Brett saw Sell perform and offered him the pianist position on Clue. He also appeared with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre TIE company in the early 1970s, which also included two other well-known names; Elizabeth Estensen and Clive Hornby, both long-standing members of the Emmerdale cast. Sell appeared in an episode of Foyle´s War as a pianist, and composed the score for the 1984 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Shakespeare´s The Life and Death of King John. Sell has also accompanied Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton in their stage show "Two Old Farts in the Night". After the interval, he played (and sang) a solo: "We are the boys in the band".
Josie Lawrence, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Steve Steen, Ruth Bratt and Colin Sell.
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