Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax

Arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977, Ruby Wax began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and was Script Editor on all series of Absolutely Fabulous. She has also worked as a stand-up comedian.

She has a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford and spoke at TEDGlobal. Ruby has become the poster girl for mental illness in the UK.

Ruby has been a prolific and prominent television personality, presenting BBC’s Ruby (1997-2002). The Ruby Wax Show (2002) and Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions from Channel 4 in 2012.

Ruby regularly speaks of her keenness to normalize mental health by talking openly about it. She describes her experience of trying to keep anxieties under control, but finding out she simply couldn’t cope after becoming famous. Her show Sane New World revolves around the fact that one in four people suffer a mental health problem at some time in their lives.

Sane New World: Taming The Mind, Ruby’s non-fiction work on mental health and mindfulness, was published by Hodder on June 6th 2013 and is a Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller. The paperback was published in 2014. A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled was published 7th January 2016 by Penguin Life.

In 2017 Ruby appeared on BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?

“Ruby Wax was the latest celebrity to rummage around in her ancestry… what unfolded was a gut-punching story of Jewish persecution and mental illness.” – Michael Hogan for The Telegraph.

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What a brilliant 1st episode! Can we have these 3 on every show from now on please?
@OfficialMelB @EmAtack

#Trailblazers A Rocky Mountain Road Trip. Mondays @BBCTwo 9pm & @BBCiPlayer

For one week only, every single donation to Frazzled Cafe will be DOUBLED as part of the @BigGive Christmas Challenge!

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Our Big Give appeal launches at midday! As a warm-up, see Dame Judi Dench, @DeborahMeaden, @ChrisGPackham @Rubywax and other celebrity supporters talk about this year's #ChristmasChallenge2022:

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A big thank you to the wonderful @ChrisGPackham, @onebiggins, @ClaudiaWinkle, @donnaair, @Rubywax, @joelycett, @MrNickKnowles, @DeborahMeaden and others for supporting this year's campaign!


Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a place where people who feel frazzled can meet, chat & share stories. Meetings are supportive, anonymous and non-judgemental.

Tonight, @Rubywax, @OfficialMelB and @EmAtack embark on an exciting adventure in new BBC series #Trailblazers, following in the footsteps of pioneering explorer Isabella Bird 🏔

Discover the extreme 'dangers' they faced on their whirlwind journey.

This is your reminder that at 9pm on BBC Two and @BBCiPlayer you can watch #Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip starring the amazing @OfficialMelB alongside @Rubywax and @EmAtack 🤠🏔️📺 @spicegirls

Join Ruby Wax, Melanie Brown and Emily Atack as they follow the footsteps of pioneer 19th Century traveler Isabella Bird, exploring the American Wild West in Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip.

Don’t miss it, beginning tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

#trailblazers #comedians

Trailblazers starts today on @BBCiPlayer!

This show had me, @OfficialMelB & @EmAtack mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, off road driving..

I wondered if it was really a reality show about 3 women competing against each other and choosing which one of us we would eat first..

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Thrilled to hear @Rubywax share about @FrazzledCafe at the @suicideandco gala.

The girls have arrived on #TheOneShow 💁‍♀️

Don’t forget to send in your questions for this lovely lot 📩

Catch @EmAtack, @Rubywax and @OfficialMelB now! 👉

🚨 #TheOneShow is on @BBCTwo tonight! 🚨

Join us at 7pm for...

👊 @EmilyAtack, @OfficialMelB & @RubyWax
🤯 @FryRSquared
👩‍🏫 @TeachingAwards
⚽️ @jjenas8 with his #WorldcupQatar2022 updates

7pm on BBC Two and @iplayer 👉

1/2 If you tune in to BBC2 on Monday at 9pm you’ll see Ruby Wax, Mel B and Emily Atack retrace the footsteps of Victorian explorer Isabella Bird through the Rocky Mountains >

(Image from Isabella Bird’s book ‘A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains’)

💅 We're getting a dose of GIRL POWER tonight on #TheOneShow! 👊

@EmAtack, @OfficialMelB and @RubyWax join us to discuss their tour of the American Wild West! 🤠🐎

Got a question for them? Reply down below 👇 or email 📩

Our FREE Cafe Conversations series continues this Friday with Steve! 🙌 🙌

The focus will be on Men's Wellbeing, and celebrating #Movember! 🥸

Join us Friday at 6.30pm!


We run #Mindfulness sessions twice a week, on Tuesday & Thursday.

These 20 minute sessions are an opportunity to focus on you, your breathing, your mind, your body and the present moment.

Register to join in now!

Hands up who feels stressed today? 🙋

Our founder @RubyWax shares how she uses #mindfulness to fight off Winter #Stress.


@Rubywax @PancreaticCanUK @StPancrasInt Hi Ruby. 8 months in the making the World Pancreatic Anthem is released today for World Pancreatic Cancer Day and totally none for profit. From a deeply personal tribute to the voice that champions a cause. Please stream and share to raise awareness.

Thank you to @rubywax for the special station announcements today in St. Pancreas💜

It’s the not the first time @RubyWax has lent her support to raising awareness of #PancreaticCancer📢