Comic Katherine Ryan to play ‘problematic’ single mother in sitcom debut

Katherine Ryan attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Cent
Katherine Ryan attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

Comedian Katherine Ryan will star in her first self-penned TV series about a “problematic” single mother on Netflix.

The Canadian comic, who is based in the UK, will also return to the streaming service for a second comedy special, Glitter Room.

Ryan’s series The Duchess, which she will also executive produce, follows the “powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mum living in London”.

Her character’s daughter Olive is the love of her life, so she considers having a second child with her ex-partner, her “greatest enemy” to see if two wrongs can make another right.

The Duchess, a six-part series of 30-minute episodes, will premiere in 2019.

Earlier this year, Ryan, 35, told Digital Spy that she was writing her first sitcom and joked: “Comedians just want to tell their story in any way that they can. But who knows?

“I’m a pretty bad actress when I’m playing anyone but myself.”

Ryan, known for her appearances on panel shows including Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats and for hosting the rebooted version of Your Face Or Mine alongside Jimmy Carr, moved to the UK permanently around 10 years ago.

She has a daughter, Violet, from a previous relationship.

Ryan will also bring her sold-out 2018 tour Glitter Room to Netflix, following her first special for the service, 2017’s Katherine Ryan: In Trouble.

The hour-long special will be recorded in December in Los Angeles and will debut next year.

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