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Roisin Conaty (/ˈrʃn ˈkɔːnət/; born 26 March 1979) is an English comedian, writer, and actor. She won the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. In 2017, Conaty created the E4 sitcom GameFace, of which she is the writer, lead actress and executive producer.

Roisin Conaty
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Conaty in 2012
Born (1979-03-26) 26 March 1979 (age 40)[1]
Camden,[citation needed] London
MediumStand-up comedy, television
Years active2004–present[2][3]


Early lifeEdit

Born Roisin Marcella Conaty, Conaty's parents were both from Ireland but met in London, where her father worked for Aer Lingus and her mother was a nurse.[citation needed] Conaty grew up in Camden, north London.[citation needed] She had several retail and office jobs before starting her comedy career at the age of 24.[4]

Life and stand-upEdit

In 2010, Conaty won the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival for her show Hero, Warrior, Fireman, Liar,[1][5] becoming one of only five women to receive an Edinburgh Comedy award in 30 years. In April 2011, she performed her show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Television stand-upEdit

In November 2010, she appeared on series 3, episode 4 of Russell Howard's Good News. Other stand-up performances include "The Angina Monologues", alongside Victoria Wood, Jo Brand, Andi Osho, Isy Suttie and Katy Brand for Sky Television, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central on Comedy Central and Live at the Apollo in December 2015. In 2016, she was a guest on the Jonathan Ross Show.

Conaty has appeared on a number of panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Insert Name Here, A League of Their Own, Would I Lie to You? and "Room 101". She starred in the BBC Three version of Impractical Jokers. She was one of the original cast of comedians in series 1 of Taskmaster on Dave.


Conaty has appeared as "Jo" in the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, alongside Greg Davies, since 2013; and in Ricky Gervais' David Brent: Life on the Road. In March 2019, she featured in the Netflix comedy series After Life as Daphne/Roxy.[6]


In 2014, she wrote and starred in the pilot of her sitcom GameFace, in which she plays a struggling actress named Marcella. The pilot aired on Channel 4 in April 2014, following which a full series was commissioned, which premiered on E4 in October 2017.The second series debuted in July 2019 with critical acclaim. [7]


  1. ^ a b Logan, Brian (29 August 2010). "Roisin Conaty - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Roisin Conaty". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Roisin Conaty". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  4. ^ Smith, Andrea (20 July 2015). "Roisin Conaty... Stand up and be counted". Irish Independent.
  5. ^ Hall, Julian (9 August 2011). "Roisin Conaty: Destiny's Dickhead, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh". The Independent. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ Sanusi, Victoria (8 March 2019). "After Life cast: who stars with Ricky Gervais in new Netflix series – and where else you've seen them". iNews. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ Jane Simon (23 April 2014). "Wednesday TV guide: Game Face is a sitcom pilot that deserves to become a full series". mirror. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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Preceded by
Jonny Sweet
if.comedy award for Best Newcomer
Succeeded by
Humphrey Ker