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Francesca Martinez

Named one of Britain’s most influential women by BBC woman’s hour, stand-up comedian, actress

Named one of Britain’s most influential women by BBC Woman’s Hour in 2014, top stand-up comedian and motivational speaker Francesca Martinez is in demand for events of all sizes.

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About Francesca Martinez

Francesca* is a comedian, author, actress, playwright and speaker who has toured the globe with her award-winning stand-up shows. She launched her comedy career in 2000, when she became the first and only woman to win the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has performed in Australia, Ireland, France, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, in Hollywood, on Broadway, and alongside Emma Thompson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

From 2003 to 2008, Francesca toured her hit Edinburgh solo shows I’mperfect and In Deep around the UK. In 2011, she won the Edinburgh Fringe Media Network Award for her solo show What The *** Is Normal?!, and embarked on a 140-date world tour. In 2016, she supported Frankie Boyle on his sell-out UK tour, and was commissioned to write and perform in a new solo show, Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto.

Since starring in five series of BBC1’s Grange Hill in the 1990s, Francesca has made numerous TV appearances including BBC2’s Extras opposite Kate Winslet and Ricky Gervais, BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News and CBBC’s The Dumping Ground. On ITV, she headlined The Jonathan Ross Show and guested on The Frank Skinner Show, Lorraine, Loose Women and This Morning. She has appeared on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, Channel 4’s Very British Problems, and on Sky One’s The Russell Howard Hour. Francesca opened Series 11 of BBC2’s Live at the Apollo.

Francesca’s radio credits include several hugely popular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz alongside the late, great Jeremy Hardy, and writing and performing for The Verb and Shakespeare’s Centenary on BBC Radio 3. In 2018, she wrote and starred in her first radio play How We’re Loved for BBC Radio 4.

Francesca’s best-selling book, also called What The **** Is Normal?!, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. It garnered rave reviews and was nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards and runner-up in the Bread & Roses Book Award. In 2021, she contributed to the anthology This Is How We Come Back Stronger for & Other Stories, and wrote the CBBC comedy-drama How I Found My Two Best Friends, which aired that same year.

Francesca’s first stage play All of Us was commissioned by the National Theatre and directed by Ian Rickson. It ran from 29th July to 24th September 2022 with Francesca starring in the lead role. The play received multiple five star reviews and standing ovations every night, and Francesca was nominated for the prestigious George Devine Award.

Francesca delivers motivational and after-dinner speeches across the globe. In 2005, she was nominated for the Motivator of the Year Award along with Sir Bob Geldof. She was awarded Public Affairs Achiever of the Year 2013, nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List 2014 and Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards. She has Honorary Doctorates from both the Open University and Bradford University.

*Francesca has cerebral palsy but much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

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