Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke or Miranda Hart as she is better known has become something of a household name as an actress, comedienne and writer. Her big break came when she starred as the accident prone cleaner Barbara in Lee Mack’s sitcom Not Going Out, which eventually led to her own semi-biographical radio show and the TV version that followed.
Initially she played a small part in Not Going Out as an acupuncturist, but the story goes that she impressed the producers with her performance that they wrote her into the show as a regular. Thus Barbara the cleaner was born. She stayed with the show until 2009 when after the success of her radio show called Miranda’s Joke Shop; she was commissioned by the BBC to make a TV version. Before Miranda though, she also appeared alongside Kevin Eldon and Nick Frost in the offbeat sci-fi situation comedy Hyperdrive as Teal. During her time on that show she received a British Comedy Award nomination for the part.
As well as her bigger roles in Not Going Out, Miranda and Hyperdrive she also appeared in a plethora of British comedy shows in smaller parts such as My Family And Other Animals, French & Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous, Lead Balloon, William And Mary, The Vicar Of Dibley and Smack The Pony.
Miranda though is probably the role that most people know her for, a series that bears her name, is written by her and is loosely based on her life. The comedy also stars Sarah Hadland, Sally Phillips, James Holmes, Patricia Hodge and Tom Ellis and has been described as being “old fashioned” as it is a lot “cleaner” than modern comedy shows and relies heavily on Miranda’s own penchant for physical, slapstick humour. There has so far been three series of Miranda and there have been talks about making a film to follow on from the cliff-hanger ending of the last episode.
She has also had success starring in the prime time BBC drama Call The Midwife, in which she plays Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley Browne, also known by the nickname “Chummy” Most recently she played the role of the mother in the David Walliams novel adaption for the BBC, Gangsta Granny which aired during the Christmas season.
Ms Hart has also branched out and released her first semi-autobiographical book entitled Is It Just Me? In October 2012 and now she is set to tour the UK on her first stand-up tour. Although she has appeared on stage as part of sketch comedy tropes and other forms of performance this will be the first time she has toured a stand-up comedy tour. The tour is called the “The What I Call” Tour and if you live in London you can get Miranda Hart tickets at the o2 online or at the box office. The tour will be calling at a number of different cities and towns up and down the country, but London will see the most nights and is likely to be one of the highlights of the tour.
Although there is not a lot of information about what the tour will include, you can apparently expect “galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply – such fun!”