Inside Jo Brands life – famous daughter, Princess Diana link and brainy career

Inside Jo Brands life – famous daughter, Princess Diana link and brainy career

Jo Brand has carved herself out as one of the best comedians that Britain has to offer thanks to her lengthy career on the circuits.

Since first taking to the stage in the mid-80s, Jo has gone on to feature as a regular on BBC panel shows like QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown, while she's currently hosting The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice and Britain's Best Junior Doctors.

That latter show might sound like a strange one for a comedian to be the main personality, but not if you know about Jo's background.

So come with us as we do a deep dive into the personal life of one of the funniest women in Britain.

Brainy beginnings

Jo looked back on her school days while talking to Tom Read Wilson on his podcast Tom Read Wilson has words with…

As the name suggests, the podcast has a key focus on words.

When she was a gust, Jo recalled an anecdote from her Kent student days, specifically some spelling tests. She said: "I'm very attached to the word portmanteau itself because when I was at primary school, and I remember this really well, I must have been seven or eight, we had a spelling test and I got 19 out of 20.

"The teacher was fairly gobsmacked because we were a Kent village school and we were actually all a bit thick most of us. The only word I got wrong was portmanteau, I put an 'o' on the end instead of an 'eau', and so from that point onward I always knew what that word meant."

She went on to say: "This is going to sound like a humble brag but I went to the local comprehensive and after six months they got my parents in and said I'd have to go up two years as I was too intelligent for my year."

Psychiatry and barwork

Her school success led her to Brunel University, where she undertook a joint social science degree with a Registered Mental Nurse qualification.

Before that, she had worked as a cleaner and bartender in various pubs around Kent.

She has previously said: "Those bars were a big part of my social life – but that's usually what happens when you're a student"

After getting her degree, she then worked as a psychiatric nurse for a decade at the South London Bethlem hospital, Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea and Maudsley Hospital in south London.

Daughter's viral success

Jo is a mother of two daughters with Bernie Bourke and her eldest Maisie is starting to make waves of her own in the entertainment industry.

Currently amassing over 70,000 followers on TikTok, the 20-year-old has also dipped her toes into the world of music.

Under the performing name of Maisi, she has released two singles to Spotify and has 10,000 monthly listeners.

Princess Diana was a famous fan

Jo was once complimented by Princess Diana after she made an explicit joke about oral sex on a TV show, it has been revealed.

The Princess came to find her backstage to speak to her about the gag.

Brand said she was "quite surprised" when the royal expressed her enjoyment of the joke she made about a brand of chewing gum called Spunk.

The comedian admitted she used to think members of the Brit nobility were just "wheeled around on trolleys parroting phrases".

But following the encounter with Princess Diana backstage the stand-up concluded she was "cheeky".

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