JO Brand is a British comedian, loved by many for her sharp wit, self-deprecation and feminist values.
A regular panel show guest, the sardonic former nurse delivers deadpan gags with great aplomb. Here is the story of Jo…
BBC Jo Brand has become known for her dry humour and quick wits
Who is Jo Brand, how old is she and what’s her background?
Jo Brand is a comedian and TV personality known for her dry sense of humour.
She was born in Wandsworth, London in July 1957 and grew up in a small village in Kent.
Brand, who turned 60 in July this year, was a rebellious teen and was eventually kicked out of her family home by her parents.
The counter-cultural menace was persuaded by agent Malcolm Hardee to begin a career in stand-up comedy in the early 1980s, and acquired the stage name “sea monster”.
PA:Press Association Jo was once a psychiatric nurse for 10 years before craving out a career in showbiz
In 1993, Brand transitioned into mainstream television and became a resident panellist on BBC comedy panel show the Brain Drain.
Since then her TV career has continued to blossom and she’s won four British Comedy Awards and a Bafta for her sitcom Getting On.
If that wasn’t enough, Brand became an unlikely fitness hero when she completed a 150-mile coast walk for Sport Relief in 2016.
Who’s Jo Brand’s husband Bernie Bourke?
Jo has been married to her husband Bernie Bourke since 1997 and the pair have two daughters Maisie and Eliza.
The pair met at a comedy show when Jo was 38, and Bernie is six years younger than his famous wife.
Unlike many celebrity spouses, Bernie is not in showbiz as he works as a psychiatric nurse at a hospital in London.
The couple do have a lot in common, however, because Jo was a psychiatric nurse herself before becoming a comic.
When was Jo Brand a nurse?
Jo worked as a nursing assistant for ten years in a residential unit for adults with learning difficulties.
Before that she had gained a joint social science degree with a Registered Mental Nurse qualification from Brunel University between 1978 and 1982.
In July 2007, Brand was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work as a psychiatric nurse from the University of South Wales.
She was honoured by Canterbury Christ Church University for her work in mental health nursing in 2014.
Trevor Leighton Jo Brand has been awarded with two honorary degrees in nursing
What TV shows has Jo Brand presented?
Jo Brand is a regular guest host on BBC quiz Have I Got News For You.
The red-headed funnywoman has hosted her own 90s programmes, Jo Brand’s Big Splash and Jo Brand Through The Cakehole.
She appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks several times.
But her proudest telly achievements are arguably her sitcoms Getting On, set in an NHS geriatric ward and directed by Peter Capaldi, and Damned, set in a Social Services office.
She recently hosted The Great British Bake Off spin-off show on Channel 4, after hosting The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on BBC.
The small screen seems to be just too small for Jo now though, as she’s also set to star in her own adaptation of her novel The More You Ignore Me, alongside Sheridan Smith and Sheila Hancock.
It’s said to be about “Mental illness, Morrissey and guinea pigs” and is set for release later in 2017.
When can I watch Damned?
Damned returned for season two on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 10pm on Channel 4.
If you miss it, you can catch it again on 4 Catch Up.
Jo plays the role of social worker Rose Denby as she attempts to balance a chaotic work and personal life.
Speaking about reprising her role ahead of the show’s second season, Jo said: “I’m looking forward to letting myself back in to the Elm Heath Childrens’ Services office and catching up with the staff.
“It’s one of my favourite alternative worlds to be in and I think there are going to be quite a few unsettling challenges for our team. Well I know there are, because I’m writing some of them!”
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Reveals He Thought About Killing Himself Three Times Amid Bouts Of Depression
ANDREW Lloyd Webber has revealed he had affairs and struggled with suicidal thoughts.
The musicals guru, 69, says in his first memoir Unmasked that he considered taking his own life three times amid bouts of depression.
PA:Press Association Andrew Lloyd Webber says his third wife Madeleine Gurdon saved him from more recent suicidal thoughts
The latest episode came while suffering from prostate cancer and chronic back pain three years ago.
Lord Lloyd-Webber says: “It was absolute agony and utterly despairing. I did think of suicide. It was so painful. I couldn’t sleep and you go on thinking about it.”
He also considered suicide as a teenager and in the 1960s after failing an Army test.
The theatre legend says his third wife Madeleine Gurdon saved him from more recent suicidal thoughts.
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Lionel Richie Dismisses Daughter Sofia’s Romance With Scott Disick As ‘just A Phase’
LIONEL Richie has dismissed his daughter Sofia’s romance with Scott Diskick as “just a phase” and made it clear that he wasn’t impressed.
The 19-year-old’s relationship with the troubled party boy, 34, appears to be going from strength-to-strength, but Lionel, 68, sounds like he wants it all to be over.
Splash News Lionel Richie has dismissed his daughter Sofia’s relationship with Scott Disick as ‘a phase’
He told the Australian Telegraph: “It’s just a phase and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.
“Now I know what my parents meant when I came through the door with my Afro and my girlfriend and said ‘Dad, I’m in love.’
“My daughter is getting me back for my Afro days! She’s 19. When you’re 19 you know everything.”
The Endless Love singer added that he had met Scott, but diplomatically added that he has “no opinion” of the situation – or the Kardashians.
Getty Images – Getty The singer said he ‘won;t make too much noise’ over the romance which has a 15-year age-gap
He said: “From what I met of him he’s a very nice guy.
“When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing? This is a well-oiled machine, the Kardashian machine.
Splash News The singer called Scott ‘a very nice guy’
Love Island’s Emma-jane Woodhams Splits From Boyfriend A Month After Giving Birth
LOVE Island star Emma-Jane Woodhams has split from her boyfriend just a month after giving birth.
Emma and her childhood sweetheart Jordan welcomed a son in January, but she has now confirmed the romance with Alfi is over.
Instagram Emma-Jane Woodhams confirmed her single status by sharing this saucy pic
The reality regular took to Instagram this week to share a saucy snap of herself lying in bed wearing lingerie and a father boa.
In the caption she revealed she’s “single” and “happy”.
Emma, who starred on Love Island in 2016, wrote: “Waiting for valentines day to roll on by because your single AF and more than happy just doing you.”
Fans flooded her page with supportive messages, urging her to stay strong and move on with her life.
Instagram She previously said she hoped her romance with Jordan would last forever
One wrote: ” Better to be alone and happy than with someone and unhappy or with the wrong person knowing its going nowhere.”
Another added: “Your little man with be your favourite Valentine forever now.”
A third wrote: “Aww didn’t know you was single! you look amazing! go you yummy mummy.”
Her announcement comes just weeks after she confirmed the birth of her little boy Alfie, her first child with Jordan.
Instagram She is now a single mum to son Alfie
Last month, Emma, shared news of the birth with a picture of her son wrapped in blankets.
told fans: “So… finally after a savage 52 hour labour my baby boy graced the world with his presence.
“Very healthy 7lb 13oz, natural delivery at 16.12 the best moment of my life.
“We are both doing very well. Still no name.”
Emma-Jane Woodhams gave birth last month
Emma fell pregnant with Jordan’s baby just five months after her split from Love Island’s Terry Walsh.
She previously said of Jordan: “There’s only one. This boy, my childhood sweetheart for three years before we grew apart to both do some living.
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