About Anne

ANNE GILDEA writes and does funny. She’s a co-founder of The Nualas one of the most successful all-girl, short-skirted, harmonising comedy acts to ever come out of Ireland, ever.  ‘Genius’ Scotsman.  World class’  Sunday Times  ‘Feckin’ fab’ The Guardian ‘Wackily original’ The New York Times.  They’re on the Youtube

Anne was a weekly featured columnist with The Irish Mail on Sunday for seven years. Her by-line was ‘A Wickedly Funny Take On Modern Ireland’. Then it was ‘Oh Bejaney I’ve Got Cancer’. Latterly her column was (somewhat prophetically) called ‘Feck This Can’t Last Forever’. She got the chop on April 20th 2014.  Some, including all the cancer columns, are archived here.

She has written two books: The first, a novel, entitled (somewhat unfortunately) Deadlines and Dickheads, published by O’Brien Press in Ireland, October 2006. ‘An hysterically funny debut novel’ Irish Tatler  ‘Some of the best comic writing I’ve read in years.’  Tommy Tiernan  ‘Comic writing at its best.’   The Irish Times  

Her second book is a personal memoir/reflection on life, comedy, illness and everything, entitled I’ve Got Cancer What’s Your Excuse? It was  published by  Hachette Ireland, September  2013. Laugh out loud funny.’ Hot Press  ‘A deft comedic touch and a distinct writerly skill take the story beyond the conventional misery memoir or survivor genres.’ The Sunday Business Post ‘Ireland’s answer to David Sedaris.’ GCN ‘Honest, insightful and entertaining.’ The Irish Independent

It has been optioned for a movie, a screen-play has been written.

Did we mention Anne had cancer? Well, it’s treatment, mastectomy and all that, was made into an hour long film by multi-award-winning Irish documentary director, Anna Rodgers.  ‘Breast Cancer: No Laughing Matter’ aired on RTE 2 TV, Spring 2012. Anne no longer has cancer. Otherwise, she’d be working on Malignant Carcinoma: The Musical. Probably.

Anne originally earned a degree in Communication Studies at Dublin City University. She subsequently trained, under scholarship, as an actress, at ALRA in London. In the 500 years (approx.) since, and in addition to the above, she has worked as an actress, voice-artist, stand-up, sketch writer and performer on telly and radio, and done stints as a panellist, pundit and a critic.

Talented, confident and phenomenally quick-witted’ Chortle.co.uk