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.

Ruby Wax @Rubywax

Next year I'll be hosting a 6-week course on Mindfulness - and on Monday, I'll be doing a 30-minute taster, which you can join for free! Hope to see you there - click here to sign up:

Join me and @Konnie_Huq today at 1pm – we are chatting as part of #CreativeCoalition20 with @Creative_fed & @Creativeengland, and tickets are free!

Hello! I am back online – I’m still hiding in the Highlands (I have been swimming in ice cold water so I’m either very happy or I’ve lost my mind - don’t mind which), but I missed you so I am back.

I love @Dawn_French and even more than her her new book which I was forced to read by her and then loved it anyway. "Because of You" deep and gorgeous like Dawn

I’m now walking the talk, and practicing what I preach in #AndNowForTheGoodNews: I’m at an eco-community, and I’m coming offline for three weeks. I’m picking vegetables to send to a food bank (can you believe this from the woman who’s never touched dirt?). But I’ll be back…

If you missed @rubywax online last night☹️worry not! there's still time to watch a recording of the whole event😃including Ruby's live intro and excellent after-show Q&A. #HowToBeHuman On sale until Sun. 18th Oct; watch before midnight Tues. 20th October 🎟️

Oh, you want my answer to world peace? You’ll have to tune in to #HowToBeHuman tonight from 7:30pm. You can get your tickets here!

Now folks, please pay attention to this special announcement by @rubywax, otherwise you might miss what time it's on... 😜Livestream of #HowToBeHuman (recorded 2019) with LIVE intro and after-show Q&A, Tuesday 13th October🎟️ (p.s. it's on at 7.30pm!) 🤣

The very sweet @EmmaKennedy said that #AndNowForTheGoodNews is “filled with love and actionable tips”, which it is! But why believe me, when you could hear her say it (and revisit our Waterstones event) here

My government career assessment said ‘dancer’.. I don’t think that’s a good idea.. but if that’s what they really want..

If you’re missing shows and the theatre, or if you miss me, or if you want to know how to be human, I will be joining live before and after How To Be Human on Tuesday at 7:30pm – here’s a clip, and click here for tickets!

Some of you have asked if #AndNowForTheGoodNews is available as an audio book - it is! And it's out now where you buy your audio books. Your ears will not believe how stimulating my voice is.
P.S. my cat really likes it.

5 speakers speak for 15 minutes, and I’m one of them!

About time for some good news, wouldn’t you agree?

That’s why we’ve got comedian and mental health campaigner @Rubywax coming to our virtual newsroom to give us all a dose of hope for the future, humanity and our planet. Join us:

Socialising (at a distance) with my friends on @SundayBrunchC4

See you tomorrow @SundayBrunchC4!

A midweek thought I wanted to share you: we have to have community or we don't survive - humans were born to bond and compassion is the glue.

Thank you for all your kind messages after Friday’s Good Morning Britain - I’m heartened to know I’m not alone when it comes to how the bad news cycle makes us feel. ⬇️

Chatting with @howtoacademy shortly - link below if you'd like to join!

In a world of relentlessly worrying news, finally a moment of good. I adored reading @rubywax #AndNowForTheGoodNews - truly there is hope.