[3][5], Ellie's career started in comedy stand-up, appearing in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where the comedy line up also included Aisling Bea and Romesh Ranganathan. “I love Tash’s unique ability to find the more weird aspects of life very funny,” White says. “I feel very lucky that we can write together and work together, because comedy is a very hard thing to do,” Demetriou says. The series airs on BBC One from early summer 2020. “If we tried to do something zeitgeisty and political it would be absolute shit,” she adds (though confesses an early desire to have John Bercow shouting “Order” between each sketch). ‘Ellie & Natasia’ is available on BBC3 and BBC iPlayer from 10am on Monday 10 June, and on BBC1 at 11pm on Monday 17 June. “If I see a mad pair of shoes I get a photo, send it to Tash. Ellie & Natasia feels special, and too rare: sketch comedy on TV has long been in decline. Ellie White is an English actor, writer and comedian. I’ll be very hyper, then I’ll crash and almost fall asleep and then fart.” “There’s a lot of gas before we go on stage,” Demetriou confirms. “Whenever we don’t know how to finish a sketch we always say, ‘Catch us afterwards, we’ll be at the back selling pints of prawns’.”. Ellie and Natasia are now working on a full series of the show. - Whats on Stage, 'Fringe favourite Ellie White is memorable, too, as the super-privileged Marianne, poshly-spoken to the point of incomprehension.' Ellie White is an actress and writer, known for The Other One (2017), Ellie & Natasia (2019) and Stath Lets Flats (2018). “You see each other at the saddest, bleakest times, you have to look that person in the face and then see them at a social event the next day and you’re like, ‘Wow, that was hard’. Ellie White is a hugely in-demand writer, comedian and actor. [8], In 2019, White teamed up with long-time stand-up comedy partner Natasia Demetriou[9][3] to make critically acclaimed comedy sketch pilot Ellie & Natasia for the BBC. The pilot was released in June to critical acclaim: “This fearless new sketch show from comedians Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou is French and Saunders for the Fleabag generation.” The Sun, “Inventive, silly sketch show, featuring mummy bloggers, eastern European nail technicians and one sketch so sinister it puts David Lynch to shame.” The Guardian, “Their creations are fuelled by the fluent silliness of natural comic performers.” Radio Times. Some of their best work is on YouTube – my favourite is their superb, savage Revived, a mini-mockumentary about a reforming pop duo, so acutely observed it could have been a pilot for last year’s Bros: After the Screaming Stops (it was actually inspired by MTV’s Totally Scott-Lee – “the best show ever made”, they say). “Together, everything is nicer – apart from Ellie gets very hyper before a show and I have to watch her run around the venue about 65 times.” White nods, bewildered. “We once did a show […] By Sarah Carson. “It must be nerves. In 2017, she played the role of Marianne in Sean Foley's production of THE MISER alongside Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Matthew Horne at The Garrick Theatre in London's West End. Read more: Daniel Lawrence Taylor: ‘We’re going through a black renaissance’, In Ellie & Natasia, they send up Mumsnet evangelists, privileged faux-hipsters, intrusive daytime TV hosts and shambolic nail technicians. In late 2019, Ellie filmed the lead role of Cathy, alongside co-leads Siobhan Finneran, Lauren Socha and Rebecca Front, in Holly Walsh’s THE OTHER ONE, which received a series commission after a successful pilot in 2018. “I just think, ‘where did that come from?’” “My arsehole,” says Demetriou, deadpan. They share ideas on a “stunning” WhatsApp thread – “If it makes Els laugh, it makes me laugh,” says Demtriou – and improvise characters for ages before writing a script. Ellie White, Actress: The Other One. I was the only one crying a lot.” Demetriou is from north London and her sense of humour comes from her half-Cypriot upbringing, her bonkers father, and her brother. “We once did a show after someone who was fire juggling and bombed. But there’s an aspirational sense to them, mums, or posh women trying to do themselves down.”, “There’s comedy and jeopardy in [aspiration]. What the new Covid restrictions mean, Tier 2 and Tier 3 'childcare bubble' rules explained - and if grandparents can look after child. Ellie & Natasia is begging for a full series, but they won’t relax until it’s out and the TV hasn’t blown up. [4] She attended the University of Bristol, and was a member of the Bristol Revunions, graduating in 2010. She had a regular role in ITV2’s GLITCHY, and has a key guest role alongside Steve Pemberton and Reese Shearsmith in Series 3 of INSIDE NO. “You can try stuff without the pressure of coming up with a world that’s gonna sustain six episodes. [2] After the festival, White landed her first TV appearance on the Channel 4 TV series Jamie Demetriou's Comedy Blaps and on BBC3's Live at the Electric as well as BBC Radio 4 Show Fresh From the Fringe. In 2018, Ellie and Natasia had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre and appeared in Dictionary Corner in character as “Mum’s the Word” on Channel 4’s 8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN. Ellie and comedy partner, Natasia Demetriou, recently filmed their sketch pilot, ELLIE & NATASIA, for the BBC, which they made with CPL and Harry Hill. The women are best friends and first met in Edinburgh through Jamie, who was at university with White. I’m a 50-year-old guy’. “They’re an amazing indicator of what a person’s like,” says White. June 10, 2019 7:00 am. Both women are impeccable actors: Demetriou stars as Nadja in the excellent US mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, about a group of vampires living in New York, (currently showing on BBC2) and as the lovably gormless Sophie in Channel 4’s Bafta-nominated Stath Lets Flats, (now filming its second series), which is written by and stars her younger brother, Jamie. [11][1], "Get to know Ellie White: The Windsors' Beatrice has fans in hysterics! If you’re putting your work out there, which is a bit of yourself…, “There’s a clip of us on Eight out of Ten Cats Does Countdown and the comments underneath are horrendous, honestly, some of the worst stuff I’ve ever seen. Ellie and Natasia are now working on a full series of the show. Jamie and Natasia Demetriou: ‘Our spirit animal is a Muppet with its mouth open’, Daniel Lawrence Taylor: ‘We’re going through a black renaissance’, Julia Davis: ‘It’s a bit annoying when you’re simulating violent lesbian sex and shouting over your shoulder, ‘don’t forget milk”, Covid tier map shows the areas of England subject to each level of lockdown restrictions, Covid risk tool can predict person's chance of being admitted to hospital and dying from virus, Boiling a litre of water in a plastic kettle 'releases 10m microplastics into tea and coffee', Can you have a support bubble in Tier 2 and Tier 3? Her comedy credits include The Other … You hopefully get better at learning it’s noise, block it out.”, Read more: Julia Davis: ‘It’s a bit annoying when you’re simulating violent lesbian sex and shouting over your shoulder, ‘don’t forget milk”. Demetriou darts between characters with almost alarming ease, slipping into accents and personae, each one visibly pulls her mouth in a slightly different direction. Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are comedians with “a lot of desperation and no ego”. A lot of the Greek women in my family are larger than life,” Demetriou adds. Meanwhile, her portrayal of Princess Beatrice in the smash hit Channel 4 show THE WINDSORS, which has run for two seasons and had two specials, has garnered acclaim from critics and the show's viewing numbers have been fantastic. The pair share a sense of the inexplicably, purely, funny: one of the earliest things White did as a child – to make her brothers laugh and “assert my place as the girl in the house” – was pretend to be a woman who put on gloves really elegantly and then pointed at things on a map. Updated October 8, 2020 2:10 pm.

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