From writing a sitcom to stealing hearts in Call the Midwife, here's the lowdown on Miranda Hart's life
Latest Miranda Hart news
Miranda to have a brain detox in a bid to cure her anxiety
With this week being mental health awareness week, the 45-year-old comedienne has agreed to participate in the 21-day detox as part of a new BBC documentary about mental health.
The Call the Midwife star has been affected by anxiety throughout her career, pulling out of several West End performances of the musical Annie in 2017 with a mystery illness, while she's also cancelled appearances on Call the Midwife and the Royal Variety Performance.
In her 2016 book Miranda's Daily Dose Of Such Fun, the British comediene described her anxiety as "like wading through treacle", explaining that it even hindered her performing day-to-day activities, like walking to a postbox.
Miranda has also admitted to suffering from agoraphobia - which causes her to avoid certain places or situations. She previously explained: "I thought the world was a bit scary.
"Some people get depressed for six months then pull themselves together.
"I just hid in a room in the house and didn't really go out. It was my blip."
Miranda claimed she will continue to fight anxiety for the rest of her life, adding that she's just "naturally a bit under, a bit depressed".
"I think I'll always be a slightly anxious person. It's just bad genes, bad luck really. I'll always have to force myself to see the positive, because I'm wired badly.
Could there be a Miranda movie?
There's been lots of speculation that Miranda Hart was writing a film version of her Miranda sitcom. One of the show's stars, Sarah Hadland, said in October 2016: "I can say there will be something," and people were quick to suggest it could be a film.
In fact, Miranda herself admitted she had 'worked towards writing a script' for a film, but sadly decided that the format just didn't work, saying that without laughs from the audience the show didn't feel right.
So for now it looks like we'll have to stick to re-watching the DVDs!
Miranda's comedy series back for series 4?
The rumour mills have been in overdrive this week after speculation that Miranda was working on a fourth series of her much-loved comedy series, three years after it last aired. Alas, the comedienne took to Twitter to clear up any confusion, and reveal the reports are 'not true'. We're so disappointed! But she didn't rule out returning altogether, saying that she had 'thought about' bringing her character back for one last appearance.
She said: 'Don't know where this came from, it's news to me. have thought about it but that's all.' She added that her character was 'still on honeymoon'!
Miranda's kind Valentine's Day offer
Valentine's Day can be a difficult time to be alone, so we were heartened to see Miranda Hart offering to keep lonely folk company on Twitter this February.
"I shall be on Twitter all day to chat to anyone feeling lonely" she posted, asking people to get in touch using the hashtag #HartsValentineDay
It was a sweet idea that led to lots of nice chats between the comedienne and her fans.
Miranda Hart’s comedy series
Miranda Hart (or to give her her full name – Miranda Hart Dyke) is, of course, best known for her eponymous series, Miranda. This ran on the BBC for three series, and was wildly successful thanks to its charming, gentle humour. It was based on her Radio 2 series Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop. Such fun!
Miranda Hart’s height
Miranda has always been marvellous at slapstick comedy, aided by her above average height and long limbs. She’s actually just over 6ft tall.
How old is Miranda Hart?
She’s currently 44 years old.
Did you know…? Miranda Hart is actually fourth cousin, twice removed, of Diana, Princess of Wales
Miranda Hart’s TV roles
Before she made it big with her comedy series, Miranda appeared in lots of other sit-coms and TV shows, including French & Saunders, Lead Balloon, The Vicar of Dibley, Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous and My Family and Other Animals.
Miranda Hart in Call the Midwife
In 2012 Miranda started her role in Call the Midwife, as the loveable Chummy.
- Read more about the Call the Midwife cast
Miranda Hart in Annie
Miranda has played Miss Hannigan in Annie at London’s Piccadilly Theatre from June – September 2017, and has had mixed reviews.
Does Miranda Hart have a partner?
Miranda has kept relatively quiet on the subject of a partner and children – often saying that her sitcom was her baby. She admitted to feeling lonely until getting her pet pooch Peggy.
Miranda Hart’s dog
The actress has been vocal about her love of animals, in particular her dog Peggy – who inspired a book! On Valentine's Day this year she tweeted that Peggy was her 'greatest love' as she shared a photo of the pair.
Miranda Hart’s books
Amazingly, she’s also found time to write three books: