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Doon Mackichan (born Sarah-Doon Mackichan on 1st August 1962) is a British comedian and actress.

Career [edit]Edit

Mackichan is probably best known as one of the writers and stars of the Channel 4 comedy series Smack the Pony and for appearing in a number of Chris Morris comedy series such as On The HourThe Day Today and Brass Eye. She also appeared in the sitcoms Beast and Bedtime, and was a regular performer in Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge and The Mary Whitehouse Experience. She appeared in several of The Comic Strip Presents... films in the early 1990s, and appeared in the 1995 comedy Glam Metal Detectives. In 2009, she appeared as Jane Thomason, the news producer for the BBC in Taking the Flak. She portrayed Cherie Blair in the Channel 4 satirical drama A Very Social Secretary, appeared in Channel 4 sitcom Nathan Barley as the "preposterous voice" of a thinly-veiled Annie Lennox parody. She portrayed a nightmarish BBC news presenter in series 4 of the Sarah Jane Adventures in 2010.

In film, Mackichan played Victoria Lender in 1998's The Borrowers and teamed up with her former Smack the Pony co-stars for the 2004 film Gladiatress. Also in 1998 she appeared in the BBC TV mini-series of Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend as Mrs Veneering, social-climber and nouveau-riche who with her equally ambitious husband wears her acquaintances like so much jewelry, to impress others.

On stage, she appeared with Matt Di Angelo and David Haig in the Joe Orton black farce Loot. In July 2011 Mackichan performed alongside Julian Barratt in Nikolai Gogol's comedy The Government Inspector at the Young Vic Theatre, London. Later in 2011 she played the part of Frances in April de Angelis' play 'Jumpy' at the Royal Court Theatre, regularly bringing the house down with her clumsily erotic burlesque solo in Scene Ten.

Mackichan's own BBC Radio show, Doon Your Way, was broadcast in 1996.

She has narrated several TV series including The Honey Trap and Bank of Mum and Dad. She has also voiced characters in several animated series including Bob and MargaretStressed EricDon't Eat the Neighbours and Bromwell High.

She fronted a TV ad campaign for Hallmark in the UK, and appeared along ‪Darren Boyd‬ as a married couple for a series of Direct Line insurance TV ads in 2012.

She was a contestant in the 2003 BBC charity singing contest, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in which she came fourth.

She has appeared twice on the BBC panel show QI - Series C episode 2 "Cummingtonite" (2005) and Series E episode 11 "Endings" (2007).

In 2013, Mackichan played Flavia, a recurring character, in the ITV comedy Plebs.

Personal life [edit]Edit

Mackichan was born in London and brought up in WentworthSurrey until age twelve, when she and her family moved to Upper LargoFife. She studied drama at Manchester University. Mackichan lives in Clapham, South London, with her three children from a marriage to actor Anthony Barclay, from whom she was divorced in 2005.

Mackichan swam the English Channel in 1998, as part of a six-person relay team,two of whom carried their pet dogs.

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