Anna Crilly

Anna Crilly, born in Pembury, Kent, is an English actress and comedian. She 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. 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". 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 a Comedy Lab episode the previous year.

She stars in the BBC children's comedy series, Sorry I've Got No Head, alongside William Andrews, James Bachman, Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, Marek Larwood and Nick Mohammed. In December 2008 Crilly was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Female Newcomer for her portrayal of Magda inLead 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). 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 for Coronation Street until the sponsorship deal ended in 2012.

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

On 22 June 2012, she played Gertrude Wermers in the third episode of BBC series Dead Boss.

In 2016, she appeared in an episode of BBC Three's comedy series Witless.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Rebel (2016)
Starring as Cath
Witless (2016)
Guest starring as Appraisal's Mum (4 episodes)
  • Episode 2x01: Episode 1 (Jan 25, 2017)
  • Episode 1x05: Episode 5 (May 27, 2016)
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (May 20, 2016)
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Anna & Katy (2013)
Starring as Various (6 episodes)
Dead Boss (2012)
Guest starring as Gertie
Death in Paradise (2011)
Guest starring as Lucy Chapman
Not Going Out (2006)
Guest starring as Counsellor
  • Episode 4x01: Drugs (Jan 6, 2011)
Lead Balloon (2006)
Starring as Magda