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About Becky Brunning
Becky Brunning is an actor, comedian and writer, best known for her role as Lindsay Lucas in award-winning crime drama Broadchurch. Her debut hour of stand-up, Beaming, toured the Australian Fringe circuit and sold out the majority of its 2017 Edinburgh run. On the back of this success, Becky returned to Edinburgh in 2019 with her second hour, Bloom and was featured as Number 2 in What Culture’s list of Top 10 Hidden Gems of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Post-Edinburgh 2019, she was commissioned to perform stand up at TEDxNHS at the 02.
WATCH BECKY BRUNNING: BLOOM
‘Most Promising Junior basketball player 1998’ Becky Brunning accidentally got gay married and now her biological clock is ticking. Bright, breezy and a breath of fresh air, Becky’s feel good story-telling on love, sexuality, feminism, and embarrassing dads is all charm and goofy daftness, finished off with a cocktail umbrella.
Reviews and Awards
2015 FINALIST Magners New Comedy Act
2014 FINALIST Bath New Act
2014 WINNER Rose and Crown New Act
2013 WINNER Stand up and Get Heard
2013 FINALIST Funny Women
2012 SEMI -FINALIST Funny Women
‘Her comedy insinuates itself, forcing its way inexorably through the cracks in her audience’s defences and flourishing there’Broadway Baby
‘Brunning, charms Perth’s FRINGEWORLD audience with her whimsical humour’Australia Times
‘Original, inventive and exciting’Sarah Pascoe
‘Becky is an absolute delight – whimsical, original routines with razor sharp writing’Comedy Combo
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Originally from Bristol, Becky trained in physical theatre and clowning at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) from 2007-2009. It was initially character-comedy and writing which piqued Brunning’s interest, which she worked on in tandem with her acting and performing. Her first solo character show and subsequent mockumentary film, The Olympic Gene: Going for Silver, depicted her character’s quest for Olympic silver in gymnastics at The London 2012 Olympics, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather who had taken home bronze in Stockholm, 1912. Combining physical story-telling, puppetry, gymnastics, and stand-up, both the show and film proved massively popular and culminated in a guest appearance for Becky at The BBC Sports Personality of the Year. A mockumentary followed featuring a host of British Olympians including gymnastic silver medallist and ‘Strictly’ winner, Louis Smith. Following this success, Bunning spread her wings and sprang onto the stand-up circuit in post-Olympic 2012. Her quirky, offbeat style gained her a finalist spot at the Funny Women Awards (2013) and Bath New Act of the Year (2014). She won Audio Go’s national competition, Stand up and Get Heard, in 2014 and was a finalist for Magners New Comedy Act in 2015. Building her reputation on the circuit over the coming years, critics praised Brunning’s easy and relatable delivery. Whatculture.com commented: ‘Engaging and smart, Brunning handles her tale’s emotional beats with a deft self-assurance and maintains a lightness of touch where others might be heavy handed.’
Brunning is perhaps best known as Lindsay Lucas in ITV’s hit show Broadchurch, her acting ability undoubtedly apparent in the nuances of her comic delivery. Aside from commercials, her character’s first appearance in Series 3 (2017) was, in fact, her debut television performance. Since then, she has appeared in crime drama A Confession with Martin Freeman and comedy series Damned with Jo Brand. Becky pondered the relationship between acting and stand-up in The Killing Times TV publication: ‘There’s a thing that goes up to Edinburgh every year called The Comedians’ Theatre Company and I think often there’s a lot of similarities between comedy and acting – they’re both about vulnerability in a way, but comedians just tend to control it a bit more. But I think if you don’t show some of it on stage when you’re doing stand-up, you don’t take an audience with you. They say that comedy and tragedy are close together, and I think that’s the case.’
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