4 July 1968
Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
|Occupation||Actress, impressionist, author|
Ancona was born in Troon, Scotland, and is of Italian Jewish descent. Her father was a commander in the Royal Navy and her mother was an artist who painted the sets at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr. She attended Marr College, a secondary school in Troon. In the programme Comedy Map of Britain she returned to her old school in Troon and talked about her earliest comedy performing experience as part of an improvisation group called Pots People. She made a one-off appearance on Blue Peter in 1986 while she was still at school. She moved to London when 17 to study design at St Martin's, then became a teacher before embarking on stand-up comedy.
Ancona's comedy career started on the comedy circuit and she won the Time Out Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 1993. For many years she worked extensively in radio and on television shows, such as Fist of Fun, as well as performing stand-up comedy. She also appeared in the first series of The Sketch Show before The Big Impression.
She has appeared six times on the BBC celebrity panel show QI. She won episode four of series four ('Dictionaries') in October 2006, won again in the first episode of series six in November 2008 ('Family'), won on the women's team with Sandi Toksvig in January 2010, and came last in November 2011 ('Infantile').
In December 2006 she revealed herself as a fan of Strictly Come Dancing and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. In 2007, following a successfully received pilot, the BBC commissioned a new comedy sketch series titled Ronni Ancona & Co consisting of her own material and co-starring Phil Cornwell, Jan Ravens and John Sessions. The show initially aired on 25 May 2007 and had three episodes. In 2008 Ancona appeared in the film Penelope as Wanda.
She appeared as the mother of Katie and Emily Fitch in the third and fourth series of Skins. In 2009 she appeared in Hope Springs on BBC 1. She was one of eight main cast members. On 24 July 2009, Ancona appeared on The One Show, and she appeared on it again, with Alistair McGowan, on 16 October 2009.
In 2009 Ancona's first book A Matter of Life And Death: How To Wean A Man Off Football was published by Faber & Faber. As part of BBC's Big Read she promoted The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In April 2010, she appeared on A Comedy Roast, celebrating Sharon Osbourne's life. In 2012 she appeared in Last Tango in Halifax as Judith on BBC One. On 2 January 2015 she was a guest on Room 101. In 2016, Ancona played the role of Mrs Fletcher, the manager of a local care home in the seventh series of the Scottish comedy, Still Game.
In April 2017 Arcona appeared as a guest on ITV's The Nightly Show presented by Jason Manford in which they both performed impersonations of famous people and each tasked with identifying the impersonation while visually screened from each other. During this, the audience were made more visually aware of the person being impersonated by the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).
Ancona had a seven-year relationship with Alistair McGowan which ended shortly before they started working together professionally. Ancona is married to Gerard Hall, a consultant rheumatologist with whom she has two daughters. They live in west London.
|QI (Series N Episode 13 "Naval Navigation")||BBC One||2017|
|Still Game (Series 7 Episode 6 "Down and Out")||BBC One||2016|
|Citizen Khan (Series 4 Episode 4 "Chicken Shop")||BBC One||2015|
|Father Brown (Series 3, Episode 8 "The Lair of the Libertines")||BBC One||2015|
|Room 101 (Series 4, Episode 1)||BBC One||2015|
|QI (Series L, Episode 11)||BBC Two||2014|
|Last Tango in Halifax (Series I)||BBC One||2012|
|QI (Series I, Episode 11)||BBC Two||2011|
|Shooting Stars (Series 8)||BBC Two||2011|
|Loose Women (Series 16)||ITV 1||2011|
|Midsomer Murders (Series 13, Episode 8)||ITV 1||2011|
|QI (Series H, Episode 15)||BBC One||2011|
|QI (Series G, Episode 7)||BBC One||2010|
|Skins||Channel 4 / E4||2009/2010|
|Bremner, Bird & Fortune||Channel 4||2009|
|QI (Series F, Episode 1)||BBC Two||2008|
|Ronni Ancona & Co||BBC||2007|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||ITV||2007|
|Hotel Babylon||BBC One||2007|
|QI (Series D, Episode 4)||BBC Four||2006|
|The Secret Policeman's Ball||Channel 4||2006|
|Gideon's Daughter||BBC One||2005|
|Sven and Nancy's Big Impression||BBC One|
|Posh and Becks' Big Impression (Christmas Special)||BBC|
|The Big Impression (4 series, 3 specials)||BBC One||1999–2005 (BAFTA, British Comedy Award, Royal Variety Club Award)|
|The Key||BBC Two||2003|
|The Big Impression Christmas Special||BBC One|
|The Sketch Show||ITV||2001 (BAFTA)|
|Dr Terrible's House of Horrible||BBC Two||2001|
|Holby City||BBC One||2000|
|Mark Lamarr Leaving 20th Century||BBC Two||1999|
|Comedy Nation||BBC Two||1998|
|Space Cadets||Channel 4||1997|
|Pulp Video||BBC Two||1995|
|Rory Bremner, Who Else?||Channel 4||1993|
|Fist of Fun||BBC Two||1995–1996|
|Scratchy and Co.||CITV||1995|
|The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show||BBC One||1994|
|Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie||BBC One||1994|
|The Full Monty||Granada|
|Standing Room Only||BBC Two||1991|
|The Comedy Store||BBC|
|Live at Jongleurs||ITV|
|The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos||BBC Two||1989|
|Penelope||2008||Dir: Mark Polansky|
|A Cock and Bull Story||2005||Dir: Michael Winterbottom|
|Stella Street- The Movie||2004||Absolutely Productions|
|The Calcium Kid||2004||Calcium Films Ltd|
|The Debt Collector||1999||Channel 4 Films|
|Life, Death & Sex With Mike & Sue||Radio 4|
|The Alan Davies Show||Radio 4|
|The Museum of Curiosity||Radio 4|
|1996||Miss Conceptions||Edinburgh Festival|
|2004||Singin' in the Rain||Lina Lamont||Sadler's Wells Theatre, London|
|2005||The Hypochondriac||Belline||Almeida Theatre, London |
|2014||Little Revolution||Jane / various||Almeida Theatre |
|2015||The Tale of Mr Tumble||Unsmiling Principle||Manchester Opera House |
- "Ronni Ancona: 'I don't think of myself as an impersonator / mimic / impressionist. I'm not sure what I am to be honest!'". Edinburgh Festival. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
- Ellen, Barbara (19 December 2004). "'They don't think I'm the thinking man's crumpet'". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
- "Interview: A fresh wave of success beckons for Ronni Ancona". The Scotsman. 29 May 2009.
- "Episode 6 Belfast to Glasgow". The Comedy Map of Britain. bbc.co.uk.[permanent dead link]
- BBC 1, 2007, Comedy Map of Britain, episode 1.6
- "Interview: A fresh wave of success beckons for Ronni Ancona".
- Faber & Faber : Ronni Ancona. Faber.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
- "Book Champions". The Big Read. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
- "West End's Bend It Like Beckham Musical Casts Its Complete Team". playbill.com. Playbill. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Past Winners 2003". British Comedy Awards. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008.
- Ben Spencer (7 April 2011). "Ronni Ancona: How my heart still aches over stillborn Seth". dailyrecord.
- "How We Met: Ronni Ancona & Alistair McGowan". The Independent. London. 20 July 2008.
- "Don't get the wrong impression about her". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Cast, Little Revolution, Almeida Theatre". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "The Tale of Mr Tumble, Manchester Opera House". Retrieved 16 November 2015.