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,, 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.

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.

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, Broad Comedy in LA. You can watch it on the Comedy Central UK website.

She started performing comedy  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

Jean - Luc Picard and Me Final

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…” sold out its premiere in Bristol and London, was part of Tellit Festival and will be heading up to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.

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