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Francesca Martinez first came to the public's attention in 1994,
playing Rachel Burns in the BAFTA award-winning children's drama
Grange Hill . Francesca appeared in over 60 episodes until 1999
and was the show's first main disabled character.
Winning the prestigious Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award in 2000 - the
first female comic to do so - cemented her move into the world of
stand-up. The same year, she was already performing at major venues
such as The Comedy Store, being invited onto ITV's Barrymore
and being profiled in a BBC Radio 4 documentary No Tragedy, No
Performances at Montreal's famous Just For Laughs Comedy
Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival followed. In
2001, Francesca returned to the Fringe to star in The Comedy Zone
and in 2002 she wowed Edinburgh with her first solo show, the 100%
sell out, I'MPERFECT. She has also performed her comedy at the
Dorchester as part of a gala event alongside Nelson Mandela and Cherie
Blair, and at Dublin Castle for the 2004 and 2005 02 Ability Awards
where she got the better of Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern.
Francesca is in demand as an actress and presenter. Her appearances
include starring in the Award winning Extras , Holby City
and Doctors . She has also guested on ITV's The Frank
Skinner Show , Channel 4's The World's Most Offensive Joke
and The New Ten Commandments, Sky 1's Politically Incorrect
, and presented the two part series Should We Be Laughing? for
BBC Radio 4.
In 2003 Francesca was voted one of 'Britain's 50 Funniest Comedians'
by The Observer and in 2005 she was nominated for the UK Motivator Of
The Year Award. In 2007 Francesca was featured on Channel 4's The
100 Greatest Stand-Ups . Francesca is currently working on her own
BBC sitcom pilot with the producer of Extras.
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