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Who is Jo Brand, what TV shows has the comedian presented, when is Cats and Kittens on and when was she a nurse?

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's Joe's story…

 Jo Brand has become known for her dry humour and quick witsBBC 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, set to turn 60 in July 2017, 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".

 Jo was once a psychiatric nurse for 10 years before craving out a career in showbizPA: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.

 When she first started doing stand-up Jo Brand went under the alias "sea monster"ITV/Lorraine When she first started doing stand-up Jo Brand went under the alias "sea monster"

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.

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 a NHS geriatric ward and directed by Peter Capaldi, and Damned, set in a Social Services office.

 Jo Brand has been awarded with two honorary degree in nursingTrevor Leighton Jo Brand has been awarded with two honorary degree in nursing

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 is Jo Brand's Cats and Kittens on Channel 5?

Jo's new series, which follows RSPCA vets, kicks off on November 14 at 8pm on Channel 5.

The comedian will be looking into how the vets, inspectors and volunteers work to protect the cats and kittens of Britain.

In the first episode, Jo will be helping to save Saba, a young kitten who fell four floors from a balcony.

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