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Sandi Toksvig

Writer & Broadcaster

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Sandi Toksvig talks about her childhood, her early aspirations to become a human rights lawyer, and how she became one of Britain's best known writers and comedy performers, and the co-founder of Britain's Women's Equality Party.
Sandi Toksvig was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but grew up traveling the world with her family as they followed her father, Claus Toksvig's work as Danish Television's most famous foreign correspondent. Sandi gave her own first television interview when she was six. After graduating with a first class degree from Cambridge Sandi began her acting career first at Nottingham Playhouse and then the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.   Her first experience of live television was when she hosted the children's Saturday morning show "No 73" which she did for six years. Other TV followed including the improvisation show, Whose Line is it Anyway? and six years as team captain on Call My Bluff. Toksvig is the new host of BBC's entertainment show "QI" and has just concluded the sixth season hosting the game show 15-1 for Channel 4. She has also had recent acting cameos in "Call the Midwife" and "Up the Women." Sandi is well known on BBC Radio 4 for her appearances on "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" as well as hosting "Excess Baggage" and the "News Quiz."   Sandi has also produced television. The current "Playhouse Presents" strand on Sky Arts was conceived by her and she produced and wrote much of the content for the first three years.   Toksvig has written more than twenty books including fact and fiction for both children and adults. Her stage play, "Bully Boy," was the opening production of London’s newest theatre, the St James. The piece also had a successful run in Copenhagen. Her latest novel "A Slice of the Moon" was published in September 2015. Her new play "Silver Linings" will open in February 2017. She has written a column for Good Housekeeping magazine for about twenty years.   In March 2015, along with journalist Catherine Mayer, she co-founded Britain's newest political party The Women's Equality Party (WEP) which in one year of existence now has over 70 branches across the U.K. WEP are standing candidates in the London, Welsh, and Scottish elections of May 2016. Toksvig is the President of the Women of the Year Lunch.