Ruby Wax OBE is a comedian, keynote speaker, presenter, mental health campaigner and best-selling author.
Arriving in the UK from the United States in the 1980s, Ruby began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her TV debut was in 1985 as a writer and performer in Girls on Top with French and Saunders and Tracey Ullman.
She went on to write and perform for both the BBC and Channel 4 for over three decades in her own hugely popular television programmes including:
- Don’t Miss Wax
- Wax on Wheels
- Hit and Run
- The Full Wax
- Hot Wax
On TV, Ruby’s up close and personal interviews with major celebrities such as Donald Trump, Imelda Marcos, Madonna, OJ Simpson, Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller was ground-breaking telly.
Among her many award-winning documentaries are:
- Miami Memoirs
- East Meets Wax
- Ruby Takes a Trip
- Class of ’69
- Ruby Wax Meets
- Ruby Wax With
- Ruby’s American Pie
On stage, Ruby has been directed by Alan Rickman in her one-woman shows. These range from Wax Acts and Stressed in the late 1990s through to the more recent Losing It, Sane New World (directed by Thea Sharrock) and Frazzled which she has performed around the world.
Her writing and script editor credits include among many others, Not the Nine O’clock News and all series and the film version of Absolutely Fabulous.
Ruby Wax Mental Health Poster Girl
Following her successful career with the BBC as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby focused her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience. As result, Ruby gained a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.
She is the author of the best-selling books ‘Sane New World’, ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled‘ and ‘How to be Human: The Manual’.
Her show of the same name, helps audiences become the masters, not the slaves of their minds. She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering from mental health issues.
She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012 “What’s So Funny about Mental Illness?”.
In 2015, Ruby was awarded an OBE for services to mental health.
In 2017, she launched Frazzled Cafes in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s throughout the UK.
Ruby’s Areas of Expertise:
- Change Explained Through Neuroscience.
- Communication, Engagement and Rapport.
- Stress Management.
- Humour and Leadership.