Sandi Toksvig OBE is a Comedienne, Broadcaster, Author and Entertaining Guest Speaker.
Sandi Toksvig’s father, Claus Toksvig, was a foreign correspondent for Danish television, and was sent on assignments to several countries around the world, and so Sandi was brought up in Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Sandi spent six years at Mamaroneck High School in New York State. She also went to a boarding school in Guildford, Britain.
Sandi Toksvig studied Law, Archaeology and Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge University, she also studied Muslim law as part of her extra studies. Sandi had hoped to become a human rights lawyer.
She won The Theresa Montefiore Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and The Raemakers Prize for Archaeology.
Sandi took a year off her studies to work as a lighting technician on Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre, London. While at Cambridge she wrote and starred in the first all-woman show for the Footlights Review. She graduated from the university with a first class degree in law.
Sandi then went to work on various productions for the Nottingham Playhouse, including A Little Night Music and then went on to work with the New Shakespeare Company in Regents Park, London.
Sandi Toksvig made a break into children’s television in the 80’s, appearing in the popular Saturday morning show No. 73 for which she was also a writer.
A former member of The Comedy Store Players, Sandi moved into the comedy circuit, radio, and mainstream television. Sandi first performed on Channel 4’s improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. She became a panellist on the BBC Radio 4 spoof game show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and the BBC 2 Television word game Call My Bluff. She co-presented Island Race with John McCarthy.
Sandi hosted a daily talk show on LBC until December 2005. She continues to appear on many Radio 4 programmes and is the presenter of the travel programme Excess Baggage. In September 2006 she became the new host of The News Quiz
Away from presenting and performing, Sandi is an accomplished author writing 13 books for both adults and children.
When Sandi Toksvig is not presenting her radio show or writing, she is in great demand as and after-dinner speaker and guest host.