Rose Johnson

Rose is a writer performer and worrier from Devon.

She is one third of sketch group Birthday Girls, alongside Beattie Edmondson and Camille Ucan, whose five-star rated show Party Vibes enjoyed sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival, and as a result was extended to London’s Soho Theatre. The Skinny described the show as ‘A different class… This is joy,’ and The Londonist commented that Rose has unique intonation that echoes in the memory long after the show is over,’ which she hopes is a compliment.

Birthday Girls are writing and performing sketches for ITV2 comedy entertainment series @elevenish and working with producers Turtle Canyon on a mini web series and developing other scripts for TV and online. They are also writing for various children’s TV shows and trying out new material and dance routines for their brand new live show which they’ll be taking to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Rose has recently completed level two improv training with the UK outpost of internationally acclaimed comedy institution, The Second City. Notable alumni include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Steve Carrell. Rose has also written on series 14 of topical comedy show Newsjack for BBC Radio4 Extra, satirical quiz show The News Quiz and sketch show The Show What You Wrote, both for BBC Radio 4.

On screen, Rose has appeared in Gert Lush, Russell Howard’s one off Christmas sitcom for BBC2, Channel 4 comedy blap Top Five Celebrity Splits, produced by Objective Productions and in Sky Atlantic’s Mr Sloane, directed by Bob Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm), in which she was mistaken for a pregnant woman on the tube by Nick Frost (she was wearing padding OK?). Rose has also played Patsy’s put-upon intern in the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special, and being called a ‘little snot-rag’ by Joanna Lumley remains the highlight of her television career.

On stage, as well as performing regularly with Birthday Girls on the comedy circuit and at festivals across the country, Rose starred in the new one-woman play, 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor, by award-winning Canadian writer Jason Hall at the Edinburgh Festival. She has also appeared as Louise in Private Lives at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre opposite Imogen Stubbs and Joanna Page.

Rose also co-wrote and starred in the short film Valentine, which is currently on the festival circuit. It has been screened at LOCO London Comedy Film Festival (‘Beautifully observed’ – View London), Underwire Film Festival and St Albans International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Short. It had its American premiere at Palm Springs’ ShortsFest. It also screened at Denmark’s BornShorts Film Festival in September where it was nominated for Best Fiction Short.

Rose has also appeared opposite Robert Lindsay and the late Richard Griffiths in George and Bernard Shaw, a pilot for BBC1, in which she played a dim country bumpkin (a role that came very naturally). She continued on this theme by playing a dim socialite in Vacuoso, a taster for BBC3 starring Morgana Robinson, alongside her fellow Birthday Girls. The trio also featured, alongside sketch group Pappy’s, in the second series of BBC Bitesize videos, on Channel 4’s Roberts Web and for a second time on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.

Rose has also recently launched herself into the wilds of stand-up comedy, and performs regularly on the London circuit, as well as running her own monthly residency in Peckham, Rye Laughs. She also performed at the Manchester Women in Comedy Gala performance, where she was on the bill alongside Luisa Omeilan and Jo Neary.

Rose began her career alongside the rest of Birthday Girls as part of the critically acclaimed sketch group Lady Garden (‘Britain’s funniest women’ – Telegraph). They were Edinburgh Festival favourites and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year award finalists. They wrote and performed sketches for the first series of BBC3’s Live at the Electric, BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, BBC2’s Dick and Dom’s Funny Business, and they appeared in the Comic Relief spoof Uptown Downstairs Abbey for BBC1.

For more information contact Tiffany Agbeko tiffany@johnnoel.com 0207 428 8400.

TitleRoleDetailsChannel
Lee and Dean

2017
Actor (Dee)Starring Mark O'Sullivan, Miles Chapman, Ricky Grover, Rose Johnson, Camille Ucan

Semi-improvised sitcom following Lee and Dean as they try to promote their company building DeanLee
Bingo Productions for Channel 4
Scarecrows

2017
Actor (George)Improvised comedy taster pilot Wildseed Studios for Channel 4
Host The Week

2017
Co-writer Topical entertainment series hosted by various celebs, but there's no rehearsal or script.Tiger Aspect for Channel 4
Cbeebies Bitz and Bob

2017
Co-writerGroundbreaking series aimed at preschoolers combines funny, whimsical stories and key STEAM principles as it follows the antics of eight-year-old inventor Bitz and her little brother Bob.BBC Children Productions for Cbeebies
BBC Learning Shorts

2017
Actor (Guv)12 shorts for BBC Learning based around 4 novels used in GCSE English Literature: Never Let Me Go, Anita and Me, Animal Farm and The Woman in Black.
Grain Media for BBC Learning
Bitz and Bob

2016
Co-WriterCombining funny and whimsical stories with key principles of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) the show follows the animated antics of inventor and creator eight-year-old Bitz and her younger brother Bob and is designed to fascinate, entertain and encourage pre-school viewers to get creative and involved in crafting, engineering, experiments and exploration.
BBC Children's Productions for CBeebies
News Quiz

2016
WriterSatirical quiz show on the week's news. Information about regular panellists, and the latest programme available as an audio stream or to download.BBC Comedy for BBC Radio 4
Elevenish

2016
Writer/Performer Brand new comedy series driven by the topics and events people have been talking about.Talkback for ITV2
Newsjack

2016
WriterNewsjack is an exclusive BBC 4 Extra show featuring this week's news stories which have been lovingly bashed, mashed and moulded into sketches, one-liners and vox-pops by the publicBBC Radio 4 Extra
The Show What You WroteSketch Writer The Show What You Wrote is BBC Radio 4's sketch show in which some of the skits are written by members of the public. Each episode is themed on a specific genre of programming.BBC Radio 4
Gert Lush

2015
Ticket Woman Written by Russell Howard. A 60-minute special airing at Christmas features the comedian playing the central character taking his girlfriend to meet his family in the West Country. Avalon for BBC2
Top Five Celebrity Splits Blap

2015
Various CharactersAn impressions show comedy pilot from the makers of Star Stories. A fake comedy list show that uses the countdown as a basis for an hilarious sketch show.Objective Productions for Channel 4
Spot Bots

2015
WriterThe Spot Bots are adorable animated robots who love to play games and puzzles. The Spot Bots introduce each of the live-action sketches, the series includes Ben Faulks and a host of new faces as regular colourful, comic characters.BBC in house for CBeebies
Valentine

2015
Co-Writer and Actor Starring: Rose Johnson, Camille Ucan and Beattie Edmondson

Short film about Valentine's Day
International film festivals including PalmSprings ShortsFest and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival
Party Vibes

2015
Stand-up Comedian (Birthday girls)Comedy of odd characters, offbeat sketches and try-hard dancingSoho Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe
21 Things You Should Know about Toronto's Crack Smoking Mayor

2014
Actor Starring Rose Johnson

One Woman play written by award winning Canadian writer Jason Hall
Jason Hall for Edinburgh Festival
Vacuoso

2013
Actor (Girl 3)Starring Morgana Robinson

BBC3 comedy taster with comic trio Birthday Girls
Running Bare Pictures for BBC3
Mr Sloane

2013
Actor (Woman on tube)Starring Nick Frost, Olivia Coleman, Peter Serafinowicz

British comedy set in Watford in

1969
Big Talk Productions

for Sky Atlantic
Live At The Electric

2012
Sketch Writer/Performer

(As part of female comedy group Lady Garden)
Hosted by Russell Kane

Live comedy program showcasing new emerging comic talent
Avalon for BBC3
Radio 4's Sketchorama

2012
Various Roles (As part of female comedy group Lady Garden) Radio show with up-and-coming UK comedy sketch groupsBBC Inhouse for BBC Radio 4
Absolutely Fabulous

2011
Various Roles (As part of female comedy group Lady Garden)Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley

BAFTA Award winning comedy set in the world of fashion and PR
BBC Inhouse for BBC Radio 4
Private Lives

2011
Actor (Louise)Starring Imogen Stubbs, Joanna Page

Noel Coward comedy play
Inhouse for Royal Exchange Manchester
George and Bernard Shaw

2011
Actor (Sheila)Starring Robert Lindsay, Richard Griffiths

Pilot sitcom about two men who are lovers, best friends and arch-enemies
FeelGood Fiction for BBC One
Upstairs Downstairs Abbey

2011
Actor (Maid)Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Kim Cattrall

Spoof for Comic Relief based on Downtown Abbey directed by Ade Edmondson
Comic Relief for BBC One
Dick and Dom's Funny Business

2011
Various Roles (part of comic group Lady Garden) Starring Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood

Dick and Dom showcase new exciting comic talent
BBC Inhouse for BBC 2
Robert's Web

2010
Various Roles (As part of comic trio Birthday Girls)Topical Comedy show hosted by Robert WebbObjective Productions/

That Mitchell & Webb Company for Chanel 4
BBC Bitesize Series 2

2010
Various Roles (As part comic trio Birthday GirlsStarring Pappy's, Rose Johnson, Camille Ucan and Beattie Edmondson

Educational study platform for GCSE students
Zeppotron for BBC