She's a bit posh
Miranda Katharine Hart Dyke, commonly known has Miranda Hart, has definitely made her mark on the British television landscape.
Miranda wouldn't like you to think she's posh, but her family history does occupy several pages in Burke's Peerage. Daughter of David Hart Dyke CBE, a retired naval officer, and Diana Margaret Luce, Miranda was born in Torquay in 1972 and grew up in Petersfield, Hampshire.
She used to be a temp
She earned her comedy reputation from her stand-up and sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London comedy circuit. She made her first foray north of the border way back in in 1994 and her last show at the Festival wasn't until 2005. The following year she launched on to our screens in the sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive with Nick Frost where she earned a British Comedy Award nomination. It was at this point that she was finally able to stop temping.
Before she got her own series, Miranda played Barbara in Not Going Out with Lee Mack. She has also shown her face in Nighty Night, Smack the Pony, Ab Fab, The Vicar of Dibley and Jack Dee's Lead Balloon.
Her sitcom, Miranda, has earned her four BAFTA nominations, three RTS awards and three Comedy Awards. Probably better than all the awards is the fact that she gets to flirt outrageously and disastrously with the gorgeous Tom Ellis. Her own sitcom was green-lighted by the Beeb in 2009, after a successful stint on radio, and Miranda became a word-of-mouth hit, proving once and for all that we all love to laugh when poshos make a fool of themselves.
What a relief
Miranda is a loyal supporter of Comic Relief, in fact one of her temp jobs was as a PA at the charity. She's danced with a semi-naked David Walliams, been part of the team that cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and in, 2013, she had a very Mad March when she travelled around the UK, completing unusual challenges in different cities.