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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On this day (my birthday) many many decades ago the story goes, my mother lay down in a taxi and pushed me out. Who knew that what lay on that humble taxi floor would one day become me? It just goes to doesn't matter where you start from it's where you end up.

When you’re attacking yourself with your own critical thoughts try to imagine that a friend is telling you that someone said those things to her. I’m sure you’d run to her defence. Why don’t we do that for ourselves? There's a new mindfulness exercise at

How have you been? Do you feel things are lightening up or darkening down as we de-lock down? How do you keep yourself feeling hopeful about what’s next?

Did you know I did an Audible original book? It's called No Brainer, a tour of the mind with the world’s experts on what makes us us. in twelve episodes.

@Rubywax - we would love a RT (please!) of Maddy and Marina on our podcast - fittingly all about siblings. (Being adorable , of course.) Thanks, x

Trying to buy insurance from a meerkat

Success doesn't come without its challenges. @Rubywax & @gemcairn join us at #MoneyRally tomorrow to to talk about the mistakes they've made and lessons learned when it comes to money and success.⁠ Tickets are just £9

Tomorrow I'll be talking at @GEN_Ecovillages - mdday BST. Have you booked your ticket?

Ailton Krenak, @ceisenstein,@Rubywax, Karen Downes, @fer_ananda & many more speakers confirmed! See the full lineup:

Join the #EcovillageSummit - Living Solutions for a Regenerative World, 9 - 15 April, 2021. 7 days, 40 speakers & ecovillages!

@SLibraries believes in the transformative power of reading. As part of the @readingagency Read, Talk, Share initiative to promote wellbeing through reading, why not download A Mindfulness Guide For the Frazzled by @Rubywax @


Mindfulness isn't just about marinating in your thoughts and loving yourself. The point of all the internal investigation is to become aware of the state you are in so you don’t infect people around you by unconsciously dumping on them and then blaming them for your unhappiness.

Catch me talking on @warkmalsh’s podcast

Mindfulness is bringing yourself to your senses. Whenever you move the focus from your thoughts to one of your senses, the stress decreases because you can’t think and sense at the same time. There's a new exercise for you over on fb.

Want to de-stress your thoughts around money? Join us on 10 April for expert-led workshops & talks with @gemcairn @Rubywax @smart_purse & more. Book now for just £9

How are you? Have you noticed that maybe you haven’t been present some of the time this week- that your mind was somewhere far away? How did you deal with it? What made you notice that you were lost in thought and what made you snap back to the present? What were your techniques?

🧠 WATCH: One of the most important and timely sessions from #AIUK, as the UK emerges from a year of #lockdown.

@Rubywax, Zoe Kourtzi, @mirandarwolpert, Andy Blackwell, Federica Marinaro and @SarahShenow discuss #AI and #DataScience for #MentalHealth.


After this plague of fear lifts a little, try a little mindfulness. If we want to be able to not sink under the weight of uncertainty, bad news, isolation (which were all there before lockdown) then we need to face them with compassion. Mindfulness can throw you that life raft.

Mindfulness is about noticing; finding novelty in something you usually do on automatic pilot. So next time you’re showering, trying to finish fast, try to slow it down, focus on the sensations with curiosity. There's an exercise over on fb for you