Bio

WHO THE FRACK IS ELLEN?

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Ellen Waddell is a writer, director, and comedian who spent most of twenties being a “rock star,” playing bass for the indie pop band Los Campesinos! She is a BAFTA x Crew member.

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 many festivals including the 2015 Aesthetica International Film Festival in York, The London Short Film Festival,  the 2016 LOCO Comedy Festival, and 2016 Broad Comedy in LA. You can watch it on the Comedy Central UK website.

She 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.

She started performing comedy in 2015 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 to Tell Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying,’ sold out its premiere in Bristol and London, was part of Tellit Festival and headed up to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe with To The Moon Productions. She hosts the popular podcast ‘Geek A & E,’ and runs and hosts ‘Dear Harry/Spock’ a fan-fiction comedy night in Bristol.

Her short film ‘The Birthday Party’ was been shortlisted for The Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice award, Shore script Short Film Award (2016 & 2017) & Cinequest Short Film Award.

She can be found performing comedy and storytelling in Bristol and London and she really likes kinder eggs.