What On Earth Is Bridget Christie?
Bridget Christie is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer.
In 2013 Bridget won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show with her show A BIC FOR HER. The show also won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Comedy, the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Show and a 2014 Hospital 100 Club Award for Performance and Theatre and broke box office records at Soho Theatre. In 2019, in an interview for The List Magazine, Nanette superstar Hannah Gadsby said of the show, “I absolutely could not have done Nanette without the work that she [Bridget Christie] did. A Bic for Her was a huge moment in Edinburgh Fringe history particularly for a female comic. Before Bridget Christie, a show like Nanette would just have been lost.”
In December 2019 the show was named as one of The Times comedy shows of the decade, with Times critic Dominic Maxwell saying, “Unless you spent years watching shows where rape and violence were lazy add-on gags, you’ll never know the relief of seeing Christie in 2013.”
Her 2014 tour, a double bill of A Bic for Her and an Ungrateful Woman, won the 2015 Chortle Award for Best Tour and in 2014 she was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Female TV comic for her performance on Have I Got News For You.
In 2015 Bridget won a Marie Claire Woman at the Top Award and a Red Woman of the Year Award.
Her hugely critically acclaimed 2016 show Because You Demanded It (about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union), was The Guardian’s No 1 Comedy of 2016, won the Chortle Award for Best show 2017 and completely sold out its Edinburgh and West End runs. Also in 2016 Bridget’s debut live stand-up special, Stand Up for Her, produced by Baby Cow and the BBC, was streamed on Netflix across the globe, making her the first British female comedian with a stand up special on the streaming service.
Her debut BBC Radio 4 series, BRIDGET CHRISTIE MINDS THE GAP was broadcast in April 2013. It won Best Radio at the 2014 Chortle Awards and a prestigious 2014 Rose D’Or International Broadcasting Award for Best Radio Comedy. It was also nominated for a Radio Academy Award 2014. A second series was broadcast in January 2015 and again won the Chortle Award for Best Radio Programme. Her third BBC Radio 4 series, BRIDGET CHRISTIE’S UTOPIA, broadcast in 2018, was universally critically acclaimed and was a finalist in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018 for Best Comedy(longform). Her fourth series, MORTAL, was also hugely critically acclaimed and won The BBC AUDIO DRAMA AWARD for best scripted longform comedy 2022.
Her debut book, A BOOK FOR HER was published by Century Random House in hardback in July 2015 to universal critical acclaim. It was one of the Top 100 Books for Christmas in The Telegraph, the Top Ten Comedy Books in The List and Book of the Day in The Observer newspaper. The paperback was released in February 2016. The ebook was a number 1 Amazon bestseller. It was also nominated for a 2016 Chortle Award for Best Book. A Spanish version was launched in Barcelona in 2017. In August 2015 she was interviewed by Richard E. Grant for the Penguin Podcast.
Bridget has written for The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent and various magazines and publications. Between October 2015 and March 2016 Bridget had her own hugely popular weekly column in Guardian Weekend magazine which gained her a Glamour Magazine 2016 columnist of the year award nomination.
In July 2018 Bridget headlined the comedy tent at Latitude Festival. In August 2019 she headlined Leeds and Reading.
In September 2018 Bridget guest-hosted BBC Radio 4’s flagship satirical news show The News Quiz and in 2019 she became the 14th curator of The Museum of Curiosity.
She has appeared in various TV and radio shows including Have I Got News For You, QI, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, The News Quiz, Dilemma, and Taskmaster Series 13 which won her a legion of new fans.
Bridget played Siouxsie Sioux in Kevin Eldon’s recreation of the Sex Pistols’ infamous interview with Bill Grundy, (alongside Peter Serafinowicz and Matt Berry) for his BBC sketch show It’s Kevin.
Bridget is currently filming her own star-studded comedy drama series The Change for Channel 4.