Susan Calman

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Susan Calman
Photograph of Calman in 2013
Calman in 2013
Born
Susan Grace Calman

(1974-11-06) 6 November 1974 (age 44)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Occupation Stand-up, Television presenter
Television

Susan Grace Calman (born 6 November 1974) is a Scottish comedian, television presenter, writer and panellist on a number of BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. She has written and starred in two series of her radio sitcom Sisters, two series of stand-up show Susan Calman is Convicted and a series of stand-up show Keep Calman Carry On, all on BBC Radio 4. She was one of the relief presenters for Fred MacAulay on his BBC Radio Scotland show MacAulay and Co which ran until March 2015.[2]

Other television work includes presenting the CBBC programme Extreme School[3] and providing the comic voiceover on the CBBC series Disaster Chefs. She is a team captain on the BBC Northern Ireland comedy panel show Bad Language.[4]

She has presented the children's game show on CBBC, Top Class, quiz show The Lie on STV, and the BBC One shows The Boss and Armchair Detectives. In 2017 Calman was a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in 7th place.

Education and legal career

Calman went to a fee-paying independent school, the High School of Glasgow,[5] and then went on to study law at the University of Glasgow, winning a Judge Brennan scholarship and a three-month stint in North Carolina working with criminals on death row.[6] During her seven-year career in corporate law, she gradually became dissatisfied with working as a specialist in freedom of information and data protection and developed her stand-up comedy during evenings, eventually giving up her job with Dundas & Wilson to develop her career in comedy.[6]

Comedy and television career

Calman reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2005 and was a finalist in the Funny Women competition in 2006.[6] The Channel 4’s sketch show Blowout won a Scottish BAFTA in 2007, with Calman amongst the cast. In 2009, she won Best New Scottish Comedian at the Real Radio Variety Awards.[6]

Between 2011 and 2013, Calman played therapist Nadine in the comedy Fresh Meat. Her debut Radio 4 solo series, Susan Calman is Convicted won the 2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for 'Best Radio Comedy'. She also featured in the 2012 sitcom Dead Boss for BBC Three.

In 2013, Calman wrote about receiving online abuse after joking about the Scottish independence referendum on the Radio 4 satirical comedy programme The News Quiz, including accusations of betraying her country, and of being "racist" towards other Scots.[7][8]

Since 2014, Calman has been a regular panellist on the CBBC panel show The Dog Ate My Homework, Calman appears in 10 episodes of the show. In July 2014, Calman appeared in the BBC Scotland one-off stand-up/sketch show Don't Drop the Baton which featured sketches about the 2014 Commonwealth Games and narrated the BBC Three dating show Sexy Beasts.

In September 2017, she became the presenter of the BBC One daytime quiz show The Boss.[1] Calman also presents Armchair Detectives, a BBC One daytime show first broadcast in November 2017.[9]

In December 2017 Calman was voted TV Star of the Year by readers of the Radio Times.[10]

Strictly Come Dancing

On 15 August 2017, Calman was announced as the ninth contestant on the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[11] She was partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton.[12] They were the ninth pair to be eliminated, in week 10 of the competition.

Personal life

Calman is the daughter of Sir Kenneth Calman, chancellor of the University of Glasgow and former chief medical officer for Scotland, then England and Wales.[6] Her mother is Anne Wilkie, and she has a sister and a brother.[citation needed]

Calman came out as a lesbian in 1993 at the age of 19 and has spoken of her difficulties growing up gay in Glasgow. "It wasn't easy, not at all. Glasgow is a lovely city, but when I was growing up there was one lesbian bar, and there was a club for men, but there was no internet, there was no way of finding out [about other people]."[13] The Times commented in 2009 that Calman's "status as a diminutive lesbian — she is 4ft 11in — gives a certain grist to her mill but, her Hobbit-like stature aside, what strikes you about her is her chirpy, optimistic level-headedness."[6]

After nine years together, Calman and her partner, who is also a lawyer, had a civil partnership ceremony in 2012.[13] They married in 2016.[14]

Calman was criticised for not insisting on a same-sex dancer partner for Strictly Come Dancing, but she rejected the comments as being unfair, saying: "No one is holding me hostage in this room, making me wear a dress and dance with a man. I want to learn how to dance... I have protested, I have picketed, I have fought, I have been spat on, I have been punched — and I want to dance."[15]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2009 School Of Silence Herself CBBC
2012 Dead Boss Fatty BBC Three
2013–2014 Extreme School Presenter CBBC
2014 Don't Drop the Baton BBC Scotland
2014 Sexy Beasts Narrator BBC Three
2014,2016—2017 All Over the Place Co-presenter CBBC
2014— The Lie Presenter TV3, STV, S4C
2016— Top Class Presenter CBBC
2016 Bad Language Team captain BBC Northern Ireland
2017— The Boss Presenter BBC One
2017 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 15
2017— Armchair Detectives[16] Presenter
2018 Before They Were Stars Presenter Channel 5 Replaced Dale Winton following his death in April 2018.
2018— Undercover Girlfriends Narrator Channel 5

Stand-up DVD releases

Books

  • 2016 – Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate, Published by Two Roads ( ISBN 978-1473632004)
  • 2018 - Doctor Who: The Day She Saved The Doctor, Published by BBC Children's Books[17]
  • 2018 - Sunny Side Up: a story of kindness and joy, published by Hachette UK ( ISBN 9781473663893)

References

  1. ^ a b "BBC - Dan McGolpin welcomes Susan Calman to BBC Daytime as new commissions for 2017 announced - Media Centre". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Susan Calman sits in". BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  3. ^ Tim Clark (2012-12-11). "Susan Calman to present CBBC's Extreme Schools". Such Small Portions. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  4. ^ "Bad Language - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "So would you heckle a lawyer?". The Scotsman. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Bowditch, Gillian (26 July 2009). "Susan Calman: the lawyer who became our pint-sized new comic pin-up". The Times. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Susan Calman finds that Scottish independence is no joke", "The Guardian", 7 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Susan Calman: Death threats for independence satire", "The Scotsman", 2 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Susan Calman to present new show Armchair Detectives". M.independent.ie. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Susan Calman named TV star of the year - Sunday Post". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Strictly 2017: The line-up in full". Bbc.co.uk. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Strictly 2017: Susan Calman cries after being partnered with Kevin Clifton". Metro. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  13. ^ a b Saner, Emine (3 March 2012). "Saturday interview: comedian Susan Calman". The Guardian.
  14. ^ The One Show, 26 October 2016. The One Show,. 26 October 2016.
  15. ^ Gibb, Jessica (15 October 2017). "Who is Susan Calman? Scottish comedian who got caught up in Strictly same-sex dance partner row". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  16. ^ Guide, British Comedy (12 September 2017). "Susan Calman to host BBC game show Armchair Detectives". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  17. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Susan Calman writes a Doctor Who story : News 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • Susan Calman on IMDb
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