25 Facts About Jo Brand

1. In 1993, Jo Brand transitioned into mainstream television and became a resident panellist on BBC comedy panel show the Brain Drain.

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2. Jo Brand is a comedian and TV personality known for her dry sense of humour.

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3. In 1986, at the age of 29, Jo Brand was offered her first gig in a West End nightclub.

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4. Jo Brand has been a bit quiet for the past four years.

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5. Jo Brand might not have been beaming "Obviously, the potential here with Ben and Jo and all the other guys on the roster—I think we can be very, very good.

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6. Jo Brand is the founder of luxury fragrance brand, Jo Loves, which she launched in 2011.

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7. In January 2014, Jo Brand was awarded a second honorary doctorate from Canterbury Christ Church University, for her work in raising awareness of mental health issues and challenging the stigma surrounding such illnesses.

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8. On 17 July 2007, Jo Brand was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work as a psychiatric nurse from the University of Glamorgan.

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9. In August 2014, Jo Brand was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.

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10. Jo Brand introduced and spoke at the celebration of Michael Foot's life at London's Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 8 November 2010.

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11. On 28 January 2016, Jo Brand completed a 150-mile walk across Britain, in aid of Sport Relief, in Liverpool.

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12. In November 2014, Jo Brand was a part of Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, who released a cover version of "Wake Me Up" to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need.

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13. Jo Brand is a supporter of the charity ActionAid and has taken part in fundraising events for the organisation.

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14. In February 2009, Jo Brand was among a group of British entertainers who wrote an open letter to The Times of London in support of the Baha'i leaders who were then on trial in Iran.

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15. Jo Brand married Bernie Bourke, a psychiatric nurse, in 1997 in Shropshire.

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16. Jo Brand took part in the first celebrity version of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.

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17. On 25 March 2007, Jo Brand appeared on Play It Again where she was required to learn how to play the organ in just four months.

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18. In 2004, Jo Brand appeared in a special episode of What Not to Wear, where fashion gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine gave her a makeover.

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19. Jo Brand has written a feature-film adaptation to her novel The More You Ignore Me.

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20. In August 2015, Jo Brand judged the first ever Class Clowns competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she announced the winner at the Gilded Balloon on the night.

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21. Jo Brand played the Demon Dinner Lady in the 2011 British live-action film Horrid Henry the Movie.

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22. In 2010, Jo Brand took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

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23. Jo Brand was persuaded by agent Malcolm Hardee to begin a career in stand-up comedy, where she acquired the stage name the "Sea Monster".

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24. Jo Brand is the middle of three children, with two brothers.

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25. In 2003, Jo Brand was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

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