Anna Crilly (born 28 November 1975 in PemburyKent)[citation needed] is an English actress and comedian. Crilly was educated at Kent College, Pembury and attended Middlesex University where she studied performing arts. She was a finalist in the "So You Think You're Funny" competition at the Gilded Balloon in 2003 and performed two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the following year.[1] [2] From 2006 to 2011 she played the role of Magda, an Polish housekeeper, in the BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. Her deadpan performance has been described as "scene-stealing".[3] In 2013 she and regular comedy partner Katy Wix began starring in their own sketch show Anna and Katy on Channel 4, having originated the show as aComedy Lab episode the previous year.

She has recorded a pilot for John O'Farrell's radio show NewsBiscuit Crilly plays the co-host of fictional radio station NewsBiscuit, based on the website of the same name, created by O'Farrell. The show was, according to O'Farrell, a chance for new writers and actors to spread their talent. The pilot may result in a series.[citation needed]

She stars in the BBC children's comedy series, Sorry I've Got No Head, alongside William AndrewsJames BachmanMarcus BrigstockeMel GiedroycMarek Larwood and Nick Mohammed. In December 2008 Crilly was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Female Newcomer for her portrayal of Magda in Lead Balloon, but lost out to Katy Brand. In 2007 she appeared in episode 78, "Susan of Troy", of My Family as an assistant on The Weakest Link. She also appears as "woman" in Ricky Gervais' comedy Extras as an extra herself (series 2, episode 5).[citation needed] she has also starred in Pixelface, a comedy for children, as a waitress zombie slayer called Claire Parker.

In 2011, she appeared in an episode of the sitcom Not Going Out, playing the role of a drug misuse counsellor.

Crilly plays the lead role as "Coma Girl" in Channel 4's Comedy Showcase, again alongside Katy Wix. She and Wix also appeared together in the Harvey's Furniture Store sponsorship bumpers forCoronation Street until the sponsorship deal ended in 2012.

She plays Mel Gatwick in Tom Basden's sitcom Party for BBC Radio 4.[4]

On 22 June 2012, played Gertrude Wermers in episode 3, series 1 of Dead Boss.


 [hide*1 Filmography



Year Title Character Production Notes
2013 Anna & Katy Herself Channel 4 TV Series
2006-2011 Lead Balloon Magda BBC Two TV Series
2008-2011 Sorry, I've Got No Head Various CBBC TV Series


Crilly is married to British comedian William Andrews. Crilly's brother is journalist and author Robert Crilly.