Samantha is a comedy actress, writer, improviser and some would say, all-round dreamboat!
She started her career as an actress at the tender age of 14 where she did several commercials and telly-bits as a brace-faced and gangly youth, which she’s sure will be dug out one day to ruin her life and quash any hopes of ever finding love. But other more recent credits include;
“Laur and Disorder”, directed by (Palme d’Or nominated) Dan Hodgson. “Three Kinds of Stupid” for Sky Arts, “Stepping Up” for CBBC. British Features “K-Shop”, which topped the charts on Sky Box Office “Aux”, starring John Rhys-Davies and “Ride By”, directed by Ian Dray and due for theatrical release later this year.
Her foray into comedy came back in 2009, when she co-wrote and performed in topical comedy, “Facebook Fables”, which had a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival’s Gilded Balloon, to much critical acclaim.
She went on to become part of urban sketch comedy group, “The Sketchbank”. Experimenting together with a group of other up and coming young comedy talent, to make some funny and some retrospectively questionable sketches, before going on to train in improvised comedy, with renowned Canadian company, Monkey Toast.
Whilst training and jobbing as an actor, Samantha worked part time in a theatre production company office, where she met fellow junk food aficionado, Teresa Burns. Together they joked their way through the day, eating crap. Until eventually deciding they should pen some of their E-number inspired genius and their comedy writing partnership Lyden and Burns was born.
Their recent projects which Samantha has co-written and starred in, include comedy pilots: “Curveball”, directed by Matt Holt (The Mash Report, Off Their Rockers) and produced by Colour TV London and “Neil’s Yard”, which has just won a Funny Woman Award for Best Short. Watch here.
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