Watch my Showreel

Read my interview with VICE magazine, or watch me on the BBC

Watch the trailer for Stages, a short film I wrote and directed and a Recipient of the 2015 iShorts award from Creative England and the BFI Network, or watch the film on The Comedy Central website


Read about my new one lady show ‘It’s Better To Lie…”


Ellen Waddell is a writer, director, and performance artist who spent most of twenties being a “rock star,” playing bass for the indie pop band Los Campesinos! In that time they released 4 albums, toured worldwide, performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and their single You! Me! Dancing! became the soundtrack to an international Budweiser campaign.

During her heady band days Ellen also wrote comedy and opinion pieces for McSweeney’s, MTV, Nerve.com, Bust magazine, The 405 and Forces Of Geek, as well as directing several music videos – including Future Of The Left’s, ‘I Am The Least of Your Problems,’ which was premiered by Rolling Stone.

In 2015 she was a recipient of an iShorts funding award from Creative England and the BFI. Network for her comedy short Stages, which she wrote and directed. It featured comedian Danielle Ward (Newswipe, The News Quiz) and since completion has been selected for the 2015 Aesthetica International Film Festival in York, The London Short Film Festival,  the 2016 LOCO Comedy Festival and The Female Eye Festival in Toronto. She was also a finalist in Shore Scripts Short Film fund, coming in the top 13 out of over 400 entries.

She started performing comedy/tragedy in 2014 and her first one-person show, Jean-Luc Picard and Me, autobiographical re-telling of a Star Trek obsession that left her trapped in a delicious fantasy world, sold out each of its runs in Bristol, before moving on to The Canvas in Shoreditch and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Watch the trailers

She was interviewed about the show by VICE magazine and The BBC for their festivals mini site.

Her new show ‘It’s Better to Lie Than…” is currently being roadtested in Bristol/London. Read more here

She regular performs comedy and storytelling in Bristol, and was recently commissioned by the Bristol Literature Festival to curate a new piece for the launch event at Watershed.

She featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s Speechbubble program – an “introducing” show for up and coming comedians in Bristol. You can hear her segment on “Guide To Success in 2015” here

She recently co-wrote her first feature “The Photographic Memory Recalls the Highlights of the Year, with Tom Betts, based on her short of the same title, for Western Edge Pictures. It is being supported by The Wellcome Trust Development Awards.

Want to talk writing or performance? Get in touch.


One thought on “About

  1. Just saw your ‘show’ tonight at the Wardrobe theatre, amazing. I would like to be your new best friend if you will have me.
    But seriously, what a brave, funny, relatable, and inspiring tale, my friend is going to lend me Star Trek.
    Sarah x

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