Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax , OBE (born Ruby Wachs ; [1] 19 April 1953) [2] is an American actress, mental health campaigner, Lecturer, and author who holds zowel American and British citizenship.

A classically Trained actress, Wax starred in the sitcom Girls On Top (1985-86), and cameramen to Prominence as a comic interviewer, playing up to British Perceptions of the strident American style in shows waaronder The Full Wax (1991-94) and Ruby Wax Meets … (1994-98). She was the script editor for the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), ook Appearing in two episodes. Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002), reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Wax pursued a distinguished academic career, graduating in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley , and in 2013 she gained a master’s degree in mindfulness -based cognitive therapy from Oxford University . In 2015, she was appointed a Visiting Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey .

Early life

Wax was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois , the daughter of Jewish Austrians who left Austria in 1939 Because of the Looming Nazi threat. [3] Her Father became wealthy as a sausage manufacturer [4] and re mother qualified as an accountant. She majored in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley . [5]


Wax at the 2007 BAFTA awards

Early career

Wax moved to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama . She started re 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 musts or re sophomore comedy shows. [6] In 1978, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company , working alongside Juliet Stevenson in Measure for Measure , as Jaquenetta Opposite Michael Hordern in Love’s Labours Lost , Replacing Zoe Wanamaker as Jane in The Way of the World [6] and Appearing in the Howard Brenton three-hander Sore Throats . [7] While at the RSC, Wax’ll be with and befriended Ian Charleson , and later Contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute . [8]

Wax made a one-off appearance in a 1980 episode of The Professionals , Bloodsports , playing Lonnie, an American student. In 1981, she Appeared in the follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show , called Shock Treatment . In the film, Wax portrays Betty Hapschatt, who got married to Ralph Hapschatt in the first film. Wax ook Appeared briefly as a secretary in Omen III: The Final Conflict .

Comedy work

In 1985, she starred as loud-mouthed American actress Shelley DuPont on the British sitcom Girls on Top .

In 1987, Wax was bepaald re own comedy chat show Do not Miss Wax , on Channel 4 . She was ook hired as a radio presenter at the Superstation , an overnight sustaining service for commercial radio in the UK. [9] In January 1989, she Appeared in the Red Dwarf episode ” Timeslides ” as an American reporter.

Wax Began working with the BBC in 1991, with the show The Full Wax (1991-94). In 1994, Ruby Wax Meets Madonna Aired on the BBC , Followed by the series Ruby Wax Meets … (1996-98) in welke she interviewed public figures zoals Imelda Marcos and Pamela Anderson . [10] Ruby Wax Meets … was nominated for a 1997 BAFTA Award (credited to Clive Tulloh and Don Boyd), for an interview with Sarah, Duchess of York , an interview welke attracted an audience of over 14 million viewers. [11] She’ll be made two guest appearances in Absolutely Fabulous , a program on welke she served as script editor gehele run of the series. [5]

From November 2001 to June 2002 Wax Presented a TV quiz show broadcast on BBC1 called The Waiting Game . [10] Her final BBC interview series Aired in 2003. In 2005 Wax Appeared as a cleaner in the music video to McFly ‘s Comic Relief song All About You .

Writing, academia, corporate training and returns to television and stage

In 2002 Wax Become the host or Commercial Breakdown . Wax ook wrote re memoir, How Do You Want Me? , Which became a best-seller volgens to the Sunday Times best-seller list.

In March 2003, Wax was one of the celebrity Contestants on Comic Relief does Fame Academy , welke was a spin-off from the BBC ‘s Fame Academy with all Proceeds donated to Comic Relief . Hoewel de not a good singer, Wax made it to the final, taking runner-up position to Will Mellor . [12]

Wax Appeared in a Supporting Role Opposite Olivia Williams and Andie MacDowell in the 2005 movie Tara Road . In September and October 2005, she Appeared as a celebrity contestant on Ant & Dec’s Gameshow Marathon , Progressing through to Sale of the Century voordat getting knocked out. In summer 2006, she was a celebrity showjumper in the BBC’s Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses . She Presented Cirque de Celebrité on Sky One in 2006. Wax ook Appeared in an episode of Jackass where she participated in the Gumball 3000 . While the race was stopped at the Latvian border she was wrestled to Jackass Personality Chris Pontius .

In March 2009, Wax Returned to Comic Relief to take part in Comic Relief Does The Apprentice . Wax Appeared in the 2011 Comic Relief in Comic Relief Does Master Chef in welke Wax Prepared an appetiser for the Prime Minister, David Cameron .

On 1 April 2009 Ruby Wax Goes Dutch premiered on Dutch television network NET 5 . [ Citation needed ]

Wax’s 2010 stand-up show Losing It deals with re experience or clinical depression . [13] The show played will in London at the Duchess Theatre in 2011. Wax founded the mental health website (welke is now part of the Sane mental health charity) ( ) in response in 2011 to the audience reaction from re theater show. [14]

In June 2015 Ruby Wax was appointed Visiting Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey . [15]

Other work

Wax teaches business communication in zowel the public and private sectors. Clients include Deutsche Bank , the UK Home Office and Skype . [16]

In September 2013 Wax graduated from Kellogg College at Oxford University with a master’s degree in mindfulness -based cognitive therapy. [17] She earned a post with Postgraduate certificate in psychotherapy and counseling from Regents College in London. [18]

In 2013, Ruby Wax published a book called “Sane New World”, which became a number one best-seller Followed by “A Mindfulness Guide for the frazzled” published in January 2016. [19] In 2015 it was announced dat she mention anything be Awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to re mental health. [20]



In 2004, the BBC Planned to show a cartoon series called Popetown , welke poked fun at the Roman Catholic Church . In it, Wax portrayed the Pope as a spoiled child. After protests, the BBC Chose not to show the series. [21]

Slander case

In February 2004, Irish broadcaster Patricia Danaher reached an out-of-court settlement with Wax, who had falsely claimed therein Danaher had made “racist” and “anti-Semitic” remarks about re in an interview for Ulster Television . Wax’s legal team apologised in court, accepted dat Danaher had not made ANY racist or anti-Semitic statements and bekend dat there had leg a financial settlement. [22]

Opposition to disabled-access disaster

In November 2005, Wax was criticised by the Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay for Opposing a Proposed disabled-access disaster for the nearby [ clarification needed ] Couper Collection Charitable art gallery. The UK Sunday newspaper The Observer ook Reported the controversy, [23] as did I, Ludicrous in “The Ruby Wax Song” from hun Dirty Washing 2008 EP.

Personal life

Wax is married to television producer and director Ed Bye . Way Down harbor three children: Max (born 1988), Madeleine (born 1990) and Marina (born 1993). [24]

Wax has ook leg very open about re own struggle with depression. She made an online series on mental health issues for the BBC and has worked with mental health charities. This was Recognised in 2015-when she RECEIVED an OBE in the Special Honours for services to Mental Health. [25]

Interview programs and documentaries

  • Do not Miss Wax , Channel 4, 1987-1988
  • Miami Memoirs , Channel 4, 1988
  • East Meets Wax , Channel 4, 1988
  • Class of ’69 , Channel 4 in 1989
  • Wax on Wheels , Channel 4, 1988-1989
  • Ruby Takes a Trip , BBC, 1991
  • The Full Wax , BBC, 1991-1994
  • Ruby Wax Meets … , BBC, 1994-1998
  • Ruby’s American Pie , BBC, 1999
  • Ruby Gets Streetwise , BBC, 2000
  • Ruby , BBC 1997-2002
  • The Ruby Wax Show , BBC, 2002
  • Ruby Wax With … , BBC, 2003
  • Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions , Channel 4, 2012


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  12. Jump up^; CBBC Newsround TV FILM; Will beats Ruby in Celeb Fame Academy
  13. Jump up^ VideoonYouTube
  14. Jump up^ “Home – SANE, mental health charity – emotional support, research and campaigning” .
  15. Jump up^ “Ruby Wax appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey” . University of Surrey – Guildford .
  16. Jump up^ “Comic Ruby Wax runs workshops for Home Office staff” . The Guardian . London. 22 March 2010.
  17. Jump up^ “Hats off to comic Ruby” . Oxford Mail . Retrieved 27 January 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ “Training and Education” . Retrieved 27 January 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ “An Announcement …” . .
  20. Jump up^ “Ruby Wax to be Awarded OBE for mental health work” . BBC News . Retrieved 27 April 2015 .
  21. Jump up^ BBC’s banned satire on Vatican releasedGuardian Online
  22. Jump up^ Staff (13 February 2004). “Ruby Wax Apology over ‘racist’ claims” . The Stage . Retrieved 16 January 2008 .
  23. Jump up^ It’s Wax vs. Max in battle of the art barges | UK newsThe Observer
  24. Jump up^ “How we met: Ruby Wax and Ed Bye – Arts and Entertainment – The Independent” . Retrieved 10 August 2015 .
  25. Jump up^ “Honorary Awards” (PDF) . Retrieved 10 August 2015.