Ruby Wax on the Johnnie Walker Show, BBC Radio 2

Ruby Wax: Sounds Of The 70s with Johnnie Walker

Actress, comedienne, author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax joins Johnnie for this show.

Ruby was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She came to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ruby began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, where she began a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman, who later was to direct most of her stage comedy shows. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978.

Her TV career began in the mid 1980’s with Girls on Top (1985–86), but she found her niche as a comic interviewer, with TV shows including The Full Wax (1991–94) and Ruby Wax Meets… (1994–98). She was also the script editor for the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012). Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002), reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Ruby first studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley but did not complete her degree. In 2013 she gained a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. In 2015, she was appointed a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.

Ruby’s new book, ‘How To Be Human’ is out now.

You can listen to the programme here. The interview begins 1 hour, 15 minutes and 27 seconds into the programme.

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