Ruby is an American comedian who made a career in the United Kingdom as part of the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. She is known for her directness, intuition and humour.
Ruby Wax was raised in Evanston, Illinois in the 1950s and 60s. She elected to major in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ruby came to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. In 1978, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Many of her early television shows involved her simply meeting and interviewing people. In 1987, Ruby was given her own comedy chat show Don’t Miss Wax, on Channel 4.
Ruby began work with the BBC in 1991. In 1996 she appeared in the series Ruby Wax Meets for the BBC in which she interviewed public figures such as Imelda Marcos and Pamela Anderson. She was nominated in 1996 for a BAFTA award for her interview with Sarah, Duchess of York, which attracted over 14 million viewers.
In 2005 Ruby appeared as a cleaner in the music video to McFly’s Comic Relief song All About You that also featured a number of other celebrities including Fearne Cotton, Johnny Vegas, Davina McCall, Ben Miles, Lee Hurst, Graham Norton, Dermot O’Leary, Simon Amstell, Harry Hill as the security guard, and Violinist Johanna McWeeney-Oxer.
Ruby’s 2010/11 standup show Losing It deals with her experience of depression. She founded a mental health website in 2011 in response to the audience reaction from her theater show.
In addition, Ruby teaches business communication in both the public and private sector, clients include Deutsche Bank, the UK Home Office and Skype.
Advertising & Voice Over Talent
With one of the most distinctive voices in showbiz, it’s no surprise that Ruby is in demand as a voice over artist.
Ruby Wax has struck up partnerships with a number of brands and companies for advertising work, including voicing a number of TV commercials for retail chain WHSmith.