Susan Calman

1974 -

Comedian. Born in Glasgow, one of three children of Prof. Sir Kenneth Calman (b.1941) and his wife Ann. Calman was educated at the High School of Glasgow and then read law at the University of Glasgow. After working in corporate law for seven years, she gave up that profession for a career in comedy. She did well in comedy competitions in the mid-2000s and was soon winning awards, such as the Best New Scottish Comedian at the Real Radio Variety Awards (2009). She gained a part in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat (2011-13) and made her debut on radio with Susan Calman is Convicted for BBC Radio 4, which won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Radio Comedy in 2013. She has presented MacAulay and Co for BBC Radio Scotland, and The Boss and Armchair Detectives for BBC One Television. Calman has been a regular panellist on Have I Got News for You, QI and The Dog Ate My Homework on television, together with The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue for BBC Radio 4.

Her diminutive stature, Calman is less than five feet (1.5m) is height, belies her popularity and achievements. She was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glasgow for her work in comedy, broadcasting and campaigning on issues related to LGBT rights and mental health.

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