Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson is a comedy writer-performer and one-third of sketch group Birthday Girls.

She has recently completed filming on two improv-based sitcoms; playing council estate princess Dee in Lee and Dean, a character comedy coming to Channel 4 this autumn, and overzealous Police Officer George in Scarecrows, an experimental pilot also for Channel 4. Rose trained in improv with the UK outpost of internationally acclaimed comedy institution, The Second City.

Other recent screen appearances include leading the ensemble cast as Guv in the most recent set of BBC Learning Shorts, made by (Oscar-winning!) Grain Media, and starring alongside her fellow Birthday Girls in their popular Game of Thrones parody for Comic Relief Red Nose Day. She has also starred in Whip In Toilet, a short film directed by BAFTA-nominated director Ben Mallaby, and appears in short film Smear, directed by Kate Herron (Screen International Star of Tomorrow), which screens at FrightFest this autumn. With Kate, Rose also co-wrote and starred in the short film Valentine, which screened at LOCO London Comedy Film Festival (‘Beautifully observed’ – View London), Palm Springs’ ShortsFest, and Denmark’s BornShorts Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Fiction Short.

Some of her favourite past onscreen roles include appearing alongside Russell Howard in his BBC2 Christmas Special Gert Lush, being directed by Bob Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) alongside Nick Frost and Olivia Colman in Sky’s Mr Sloane, and appearing alongside Joanna Lumley as Patsy’s intern in the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special for BBC1.

Rose writes regularly on satirical comedy shows. She has been part of the core writers’ room for the past three series of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s topical comedy show Newsjack, and has also written on satirical quiz show The News Quiz and sketch show The Show What You Wrote, both for BBC Radio 4. She has also written on a topical sketch project for Tiger Aspect.

Rose also writes comedy regularly for children’s television. Current projects include Scrambled! for CITV (her second series writing on the show), Bitz and Bob, a new animated show encouraging girls’ interest in STEM, and Yoyo, a brand new science-based sketch show she is helping develop for Cbeebies. She has written on many other popular CBeebies shows including Justin’s House, Swashbuckle, and Spotbots.

Rose has appeared on stage as Louise in Private Lives at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre opposite Imogen Stubbs and Joanna Page, and she performed in the recent gala performance of Outings at the Lyric Theatre. She performs regularly on the stand-up comedy circuit and runs a popular monthly residency in Peckham, Rye Laughs, which she MCs.

Alongside her fellow Birthday Girls (Beattie Edmondson and Camille Ucan), Rose has enjoyed success at the past two Edinburgh Fringes. The sketch group’s most recent hit show Sh!t Hot Party Legends enjoyed rave reviews and a transfer to London’s Soho Theatre, as did their previous show, the five-star, total sell-out Party Vibes. The Skinny described it 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 currently working with producers Turtle Canyon on a mini web series and developing other scripts for TV and online. They have written and performed sketches for ITV2 comedy entertainment series @elevenish, and appeared twice on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.

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 SketchoramaBBC2’s Dick and Dom’s Funny Business, and they appeared in the Comic Relief spoof Uptown Downstairs Abbey for BBC1.

For more information please contact Tiffany Agbeko 0207 428 8400.

Lee and Dean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actor Starring Rose Johnson

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

Actor (Girl 3)Starring Morgana Robinson

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

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

British comedy set in Watford in

Big Talk Productions

for Sky Atlantic
Live At The Electric

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

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

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

Actor (Louise)Starring Imogen Stubbs, Joanna Page

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

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

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

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

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

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