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Jackie Clune (born 13 December 1965)[1] is a female comedy cabaret performer/writer, actress, and radio/TV broadcaster. She is known for her one woman shows and Karen Carpenter tribute act as well as for performing in a variety of television and theatre roles. She has written for newspapers and magazines, in print and online. She is known for her dry anecdotal approach to comedy and camp sense of humour, and her concern for the environment.

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Career

She has been a panellist in many shows, for example QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Staying-in Show and has had a small role in a number of episodes of EastEnders and The Bill, but is largely known for her one woman stage shows. She had a part in Bryony Lavery's play A Wedding Story and portrayed Julie Burchill, at the time a columnist for The Guardian, in the one-woman play Julie Burchill Is Away by Tim Fountain (at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in the West End). She has also done compere work for Singalonga Sound of Music and Stonewall.

Clune sang the Dusty Springfield theme tune and contributed script to the TV show Smack the Pony: one of her numerous credits includes assisting with the promotion of Tell Me On A Sunday which starred Denise van Outen, (in a Jackie Clune show Blondes at the Festival Fringe Edinburgh, August 2009 with 6 London preview performances at the New End theatre in Hampstead).

She also published a novel, Man of the Month Club, and Extreme Motherhood, an account of finding herself pregnant with triplets little more than a year after having her first child. The triplets are now {2009} aged 4, their sister aged 6 (all with Irish names) and have two teenage half-sisters.[2].

In 2006-7, she played the lead female role in the Mamma Mia! international tour.[3] On June 4, 2007, she took over the role of the dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical. She gave her final performance on November 22 2008 prior to rejoining the Mamma Mia! International Tour 2009-2010 which takes the ABBA show around Britain and the world.

Personal life

Born and raised in Essex, the comedian Jackie Clune has had four children (including a set of triplets) with her husband, actor Richard Hannant, and has since married him.[4]

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