- Ronni Ancona
Veronica 'Ronni' Ancona (born 4 July 1968) is a Scottish impressionist and actress of Italian/Jewish ancestry who won the Best TV Comedy Actress award at the British Comedy Awards for her work in "
She made a one-off appearance on "
Blue Peter" in 1986 while she was still at school [BBC 1, 2007, "Comedy Map of Britain", episode 1.6] , but only became a household name as a result of appearing in the BBC's " Big Impression" alongside Alistair McGowan. Her most famous impressions include Victoria Beckham, Jennie Bond, Audrey Hepburn, Nigella Lawson, Carol Smillie, Barbara Windsor, Ruby Waxand Catherine Zeta-Jones.
As part of
BBC's " Big Read" she promoted " The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/bookchampions.shtml |title=Book Champions |accessdate=2007-10-13 |work=The Big Read |publisher=bbc.co.uk]
Before "Big Impression", Ancona had featured in films and TV shows for many years, as well as performing stand-up comedy. She also appeared in the first series of "
The Sketch Show".
In 2005 she played Barbara, opposite
Miranda Richardsonand Bill Nighy, in Stephen Poliakoff's " Gideon's Daughter" on BBC One.
She was Beline in
Molière's "The Hypochondriac" at the Almeida Theatre.
In October 2006, she appeared on the BBC celebrity panel show "
QI" (D series, episode 4, 'Dictionaries'), and received praise from Stephen Fry. She won the show (with 13 points), finishing in front of Alan Davies, Phill Jupitusand Rory Bremner(all of whom scored -7). She will appear in another episode, in the future F series. In November 2006 she was a guest presenter of " Have I Got News For You".
In December 2006 she revealed herself as a fan of "
Strictly Come Dancing" and appeared on "".
In 2007, following a successfully received pilot, the BBC commissioned a new comedy sketch series titled "
Ronni Ancona & Co" consisting of her own material and co-starring Phil Cornwell, Jan Ravensand John Sessions. The show initially aired on 25 May 2007 and had 3 episodes.
Ancona was born in
Troon, Ayrshire, Scotlandand is of Italian Sephardic Jewishorigin.cite news |last=Ellen |first=Barbara |title='They don't think I'm the thinking man's crumpet' |publisher=Guardian Unlimited |date= 2004-12-19|url=http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1376635,00.html |accessdate=2006-12-13] In 2004, in the City of Westminster, London, she married Doctor Gerard Hall, and in April 2005, in the same borough, gave birth to a girl, Lily Francesca Hall, weighing 7lbs 7oz. [ [http://www.findmypast.com England and Wales Marriages and Births 1984-2005] ] According to an article published in the Mail on Sunday on 3 June 2007cite news |last=Mcpherson |first=Lynn |title=RONNI: MY TEARS FOR LOST BABY |publisher=Mail On Sunday |date= 2007-06-03|url=http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/tm_headline=ronni%2D-my-tears-for-lost-baby%26method=full%26objectid=19238578%26siteid=64736-name_page.html |accessdate=2007-06-06] , her second child, a boy, was stillborn. In January 2008 Ancona gave birth to her third child.
In the programme "
Comedy Map of Britain", she returned to her old school in Troonand talked about her earliest comedy performing experience as part of an improvisation group called "Pots People".cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedymap/episode6.shtml |title=Episode 6 Belfast to Glasgow |work=The Comedy Map of Britain |publisher=bbc.co.uk]
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