Amy Lamé

Amy Lamé (née Caddle; born 3 January 1971)[1][2] is an American-British performer, writer, TV and radio presenter, known for her one-woman shows, her performance group Duckie, and LGBT-themed media works. She was appointed by mayor Sadiq Khan as London's first 'Night Czar' in November 2016.[3][4]

Amy Lamé
Amy Caddle

(1971-01-03) 3 January 1971 (age 49)
CitizenshipUnited States / British
Notable work


Amy Lamé was born and raised in Keyport, New Jersey, and moved to London in 1992.[3]

She is a lesbian[5] and is married to Jennie, her partner since 1995.[6]



Lamé presented alongside Danny Baker on BBC London's afternoon show between 3-5pm Monday to Friday. On 1 November 2012, it was reported by Danny Baker that the show had been axed and that Lamé earned £50 per episode.

She was the co-founder and co-presenter of HomoLab, a weekly queer cultural and current affairs podcast.[7]

Having sat in for a number of DJs on BBC Radio 6 Music (including Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Nemone, and Steve Lamacq), Lamé began hosting her own weekly Sunday show on the station from January 2018, replacing Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service.[8]


Lamé was a presenter on the BBC 2 show GaytimeTV for 3 series and then went on to create and host her own panel game-show, The Staying in Show for Channel 4. Lamé has appeared on ITV reality show Celebrity Fit Club.[9] She was a panellist on Loose Women in 2004 and CelebAir,[10] and on Market Kitchen.[11] She was the mentor for LGBTQ teenagers on C4's My Big Gay Prom.[12]

In 2009, she appeared in a Doctor Who related documentary titled 'Look 100 Years Younger', included on the DVD release for The Twin Dilemma, in which she discussed with actor Colin Baker the various costumes worn by the character of the Doctor over the decades. In 2012 she appeared on Channel 4's live satirical comedy/news programme 10 O'Clock Live to discuss the current state of the National Health Service.


Lamé has contributed short stories to the anthology Typical Girls.[13] She also writes regular features on culture, travel and food for The Times.[14]

Duckie and other worksEdit

In 1995, Lamé co-founded the Olivier-award-winning performance-club-night and collective, Duckie, with Simon Strange, which she hosts every Saturday night at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. In 1996 she curated, produced and hosted Keep The Faith at Tate Britain which explored the links between the gallery's permanent collection and faith. She commissioned new work to be shown in the gallery for one night only including an interactive performance installation tea party with 30 Anglican priests; Joshua Sofaer's tale of meeting his Jews for Jesus missionary namesake, Joshua Sofaer, in Namesake: The Story of a Name; Jonathan Allen/Tommy Angel's performance exploring evangelism and belief using magic and illusion; and a Buddhist tour of the gallery. The event had the highest ever recorded number of participants – over 5,000 – for a Late at Tate.

In 1996, her second one-woman show, Cum Manifesto, a show about safer sex for gay men, debuted on Hampstead Heath and toured to gay male cruising grounds around the UK and Scandinavia. Working with the Duckie collective in 1997, Lamé produced and hosted The World's First Lesbian Beauty Contest.

In 2006, Lamé created her third one-woman show Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers. The show debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival[15] and was later performed at the Soho Theatre, London,[16] toured the UK and performed at The Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia[17]

She made her stage debut in her first one-woman show Gay Man Trapped in a Lesbian's Body as part of ICA London's 'Spring Exhibitions' programme.

She founded the social enterprise Pom Pom International and has held pom-pom making parties at Duckie, London's Lesbian and Gay Festival 2008 and in Northern Ireland where she held the 'Pom-poms for Peace Project'.[18]


Lamé is an active member of, and fundraiser for, the Labour Party.[19]

She is mentioned in Sarah Brown's memoir Behind the Black Door (2011), where she details Lamé's hen night celebrations in Downing Street.[20]

From May 2010 to May 2011, she held the ceremonial role of Mayoress of Camden alongside the Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Simpson.[21][22]

On 4 November 2016, Lamé was announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to be the first London night czar.[23] She earns a salary of £75,000 per year for the role.[24] Shortly after her appointment she was praised by Khan for her role in negotiating the reopening of the Fabric nightclub.[25]

In October 2018, Lamé successfully managed to lobby Waitrose to change the name of its Gentleman's Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll, after arguing that it was sexist.[26][27]


Shortly after her appointment in November 2016, Lamé was ordered to delete a number of offensive tweets about the Conservative Party, which included celebration of the death of Margaret Thatcher and fantasies of assaulting David Cameron and Sayeeda Warsi.[28]

In July 2018, Lamé was criticised by prominent music industry figures such as Four Tet and Andy Peyton after Hackney Council voted to make new businesses close at 11pm under new licensing laws.[29][30]

In March 2019, after live music venue The Social was saved from closing after a fundraising campaign, figures such as Andrew Boff called Amy Lamé's role as night czar into question, arguing that the position is an ineffective job and should be scrapped.[31]

In February 2020, it emerged that Lamé was paid an extra £1,000 out of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's culture budget to host a drag act at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, which charged a £15 entry fee.[32][24]


  1. ^ "Amy CADDLE - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". 7 May 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
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  3. ^ a b London's new Night Czar Amy Lamé facing growing questions over her business credentials | London Evening Standard
  4. ^ A night tsar is born: who is Amy Lamé? | UK news | The Guardian
  5. ^ Amy Lamé Dot Com. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ This is What a Lesbian Looks Like: Amy Lamé - Curve Magazine - Web Articles 2012 - USA
  7. ^ "HomoLAB". PodOmatic. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Jarvis Cocker's BBC 6 show to end". BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Celebrity Fit Club". Internet Movie Database. 2004–2006. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  10. ^ "CelebAir". Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Market Kitchen". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  12. ^ "My Big Gay Prom". Channel 4. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  13. ^ Typical Girls: New Stories by Smart Women. ISBN 9780312206796. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Travel: Related Features – Normandy". The Times. London. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010.
  15. ^ Baker, Adam (10 August 2006). "Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers". p. 19. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  16. ^ Hazel (21 November 2006). "Mama Cass Family Singers Review". Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  17. ^ "Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers". The Powerhouse. 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  18. ^ Naughton, Phillipe. "article". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 April 2011.[dead link]
  19. ^ "Everyone loves Sadiq Khan – except those who really know". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  20. ^ "February is LGBT History Month". February 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  21. ^ "New first citizen to be 'Rock n Roll Mayor' with broadcaster Amy Lame as Mayoress". Camden New Journal. 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  22. ^ "Meet the mayor and mayoress of Camden". Evening Standard. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  23. ^ "Sadiq Khan announces Amy Lamé as London's first Night Czar". London Evening Standard. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  24. ^ a b "Sadiq Khan urged to end 'culture of cronyism'". CityAM. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  25. ^ Smith, Saphora (21 November 2016). "Fabric London: Sadiq Khan hails his new Night Czar Amy Lamé after deal struck to reopen superclub". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  26. ^ Jamie Johnson (17 October 2018). "Waitrose to rename 'sexist' sandwich after protest by feminist campaigner". Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Google News - Waitrose renames 'sexist' Gentleman's Roll after complaints". 27 June 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Night Czar Amy Lamé told to delete offensive tweets about Tories, one compares George Osborne to a c*** | London Evening Standard". 24 November 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  29. ^ Mattha Busby @matthabusby (20 July 2018). "London's night czar criticised following imposition of strict new curfew rules in Hackney". The Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
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  31. ^ "Should London's night czar role be scrapped? - BBC News". 26 March 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Sadiq's 'culture of cronyism' over Night Czar's drag act payment". LBC. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.

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