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.
Calman in 2013
Susan Grace Calman
6 November 1974
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
|Occupation||stand-up comedian, television presenter|
Other television work includes presenting the CBBC programme Extreme School 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.
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 careerEdit
Calman went to a fee-paying independent school, the High School of Glasgow, 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. 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.
Calman was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, she was honoured for her work in broadcasting and comedy, as well as campaigning on issues related to LGBT rights and mental health.
Comedy and television careerEdit
Calman reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2005 and was a finalist in the Funny Women competition in 2006. The Channel 4 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.
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.
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. Calman also presented Armchair Detectives, a BBC One daytime show first broadcast in November 2017. In December 2017 Calman was voted TV Star of the Year by readers of the Radio Times.
Strictly Come DancingEdit
On 15 August 2017, Calman was announced as the ninth contestant on series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton. They were the ninth pair to be eliminated, in week 10 of the competition.
Calman is the daughter of Ann Wilkie and Sir Kenneth Calman, chancellor of the University of Glasgow and former chief medical officer for Scotland, then England and Wales. She has a sister and a brother.
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]." 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."
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."
|2009||School Of Silence||Herself||CBBC|
|2012||Dead Boss||Fatty||BBC Three|
|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||Bad Language||Team captain||BBC Northern Ireland|
|2017—||The Boss||Presenter||BBC One|
|2017||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant||Series 15|
|2018||Before They Were Stars||Presenter||Channel 5||Replaced Dale Winton following his death in April 2018.|
|2018—||Undercover Girlfriends||Narrator||Channel 5|
|2019||Secret Scotland||Presenter||Channel 5|
Stand-up DVD releasesEdit
- 2015 – Lady Like (Go Faster Stripe)
- "BBC - Dan McGolpin welcomes Susan Calman to BBC Daytime as new commissions for 2017 announced - Media Centre". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Susan Calman sits in". BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- Tim Clark (11 December 2012). "Susan Calman to present CBBC's Extreme Schools". Such Small Portions. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "Bad Language - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "So would you heckle a lawyer?". The Scotsman. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Bowditch, Gillian (26 July 2009). "Susan Calman: the lawyer who became our pint-sized new comic pin-up". The Times. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Strictly star Susan Calman collects honorary degree from Glasgow University". The Irish News. 13 June 2018.
- "Susan Calman finds that Scottish independence is no joke", "The Guardian", 7 May 2013.
- "Susan Calman: Death threats for independence satire", "The Scotsman", 2 May 2013.
- "Susan Calman to present new show Armchair Detectives". M.independent.ie. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Susan Calman named TV star of the year - Sunday Post". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
- "Susan Calman joins Channel 5". Chortle. 15 May 2018.
- "Tonight's TV: Secret Scotland and Humpback Whales: A Detective Story". The National. 8 February 2019.
- "Strictly 2017: The line-up in full". Bbc.co.uk. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Strictly 2017: Susan Calman cries after being partnered with Kevin Clifton". Metro. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- "Calman, Sir Kenneth (Charles), (born 25 Dec. 1941)". www.ukwhoswho.com. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u9920. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Saner, Emine (3 March 2012). "Saturday interview: comedian Susan Calman". The Guardian.
- The One Show, 26 October 2016. The One Show. 26 October 2016.
- "Interview: Susan Calman on her Edinburgh Festival talk show Fringe Benefits". Janet Christie. The Scotsman. 18 August 2018.
- 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.
- Guide, British Comedy (12 September 2017). "Susan Calman to host BBC game show Armchair Detectives". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- 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.