Born in Petersfield, Hampshire, Miss Hart attended an independant girls' boarding school in Downe House, Berkshire, sports presenter Claire Balding being her head girl. She graduated with a 2:1 in political science from the University of the West of England, which she followed by training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts as she had always wanted to become a comedienne. In 2004, she pitched a comedy show to the BBC, which saw Jennifer Saunders (also a famous British comedienne) laughing all the way through.
Her television, film and stand-up career
Miss Hart has appeared in many television programmes, films and also has performed stand-up. Here are a list of some of her appearances:
- She appeared in the BBC comedy series Hyperdrive from 2006-2007 as Teal.
- She appeared in the third Comic Relief does Fame Academy in 2007.
- She then made appearances in French and Saunders, My Family and Other Animals, Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous, Lead Balloon, The Vicar of Dibley and more.
- She performed in the last ever sketch for French and Saunders.
- She played an acupuncturist in Not Going Out in 2006, before being given a role as clumsy cleaner Barbara in the following series and until 2009. She did not return in 2011 as she was far too busy.
- The pilot for Miranda was recorded for BBC Two in 2008, which was based upon her radio series Miranda Hart's Joke Shop on BBC Radio 2.
- She has hosted Have I Got News for You.
- Miranda has run for two series so far and a third is on the way and scheduled for late 2012.
- In 2012, Miranda has appeared in Call the Midwife and another series is being discussed.