Biographies

Biographies of the Absolutely creative team.

 

Morwenna Banks

Morwenna first became known for co-writing and appearing in four series of Absolutely Channel 4’s cult sketch show (nominated for British Comedy Award, Writers Guild Award and Golden Rose of Montreux), for which she was twice nominated as Best Female Comedy Performer in The British Comedy Awards. She wrote, starred in and co-produced her own 13 part sketch show series The Morwenna Banks Show for Channel 5, which was nominated for The 1999 Golden Rose of Montreux Award.

She has subsequently appeared in numerous TV shows, including The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer (BBC) The Preventers (ITV), Shooting Stars, Bang Bang it’s Reeves and Mortimer (BBC), The Strangerers (SKY), Model, Actress, Whatever (Channel 4), Keen Eddie (FOX), The all Star Comedy Show (ITV), Single (ITV), Twisted Tales (BBC).

She also played the lead in the West End hit show, An Evening With Gary Lineker and in 2002 appeared in the West End in The Vagina Monologues.

She has worked extensively in Animation, providing voices for the animated series Crapston Villas, Rex the Runt, The Big Knights, Will’s World and All Aboard the Catbus, Meg and Mog, Peppa Pig and Stressed Eric, the award winning animated sitcom for BBC/NBC. The Astley/Baker Animated short film Jolly Roger for which the she provided the only female voice was nominated for a 1999 Academy Award (Oscar). She can currently be heard in the multi award winning BBC animations Monkey Dust and Little Robots and King Arthur’s Disasters on ITV. Upcoming animation series: Planet Sketch (CITV and Aardman) and Deasdsville (C4).

On audiobook she recorded 2 books of Sam Llewellyn’s Little Darlings, Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding and recently Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.

Morwenna has spent much time working in America, first under contract to NBC and Castle Rock and later as a regular cast member and writer for NBC’s hit show Saturday Night Live. She was a regular character in HBO/Fox’s Dream On and for HBO she appeared in a special, Joel Hodgson’s TV Wheel. She hosted Comedy Central’s London Calling and worked with Christopher Guest on ‘Waiting for Guffman’. She also guest starred in Sabrina The Teenage Witch for ABC, Weird Science’ and the animation The Critic.

As a writer she has most recently been working as a feature film writer having completed an original script Father Leary for Intermedia, and a screenplay for Buena Vista, International Faking It based on the British reality show ‘Faking It.’ Her independent feature film, The Announcement, which she wrote and co-produced with Dakota Films, Absolutely Productions and Carlton had a cast which included Mark Addy, Fay Ripley, Kate Hardie, David Baddiel, Lennie James, Tom Hollander and Toby Stevens. ‘The Announcement’ was selected as the closing film of The Greenwich Film Festival and in summer 2002 was awarded Best in Show at the North Carolina Reel to Real Film Festival and Best International Feature at the The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and in June 2003 screened on BBC 3. She is currently writing a feature film adaptation of the John O’Farrell novel This Is Your Life for Anthony Minghella’s company Mirage. She is also developing a new TV show for the BBC with Armando Iannucci (Producer) as a vehicle for herself and Rebecca Front. In June she will record a new pilot show for the BBC with Steve Coogan.

Most recent work:

  • Catterick (with Reeves and Mortimer) TX 10pm May 10 BBC2
  • Thick of It (Director/Producer Armando Iannucci) TX May 2005 BBC 4
  • Planet Sketch (Animated sketch show ) TX June 2005 CITV
  • Holby City (Guest lead – Ella Gooch) TX July 2005
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