Liz Carr is a British actor, stand-up comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist, who studied law at Nottingham University.
Carr uses a wheelchair and frequently refers to her condition in her stand-up as “meus thronus kaputus”. She is frank about her life as a disabled person and the inherent comedy that brings - "I've had some tuts, which is fantastic... I look quite frail to some people, so it's like, 'She's talking about sex, she's swearing.' Every stereotype you didn't expect. People generally look terrified. 'Oh my God, is she going to be funny? Can we laugh at this?'".
Carr has co-hosted the BBC's Royal Television Society award winning Ouch! Podcast with Mat Fraser since 2006, and in 2011 worked as a researcher for the long running BBC panel show and British TV comedy series, Have I Got News for You.
She has been part of a number of comedy groups, including "Abnormally Funny People" with Chris McCausland, Tanyalee Davis, Steve Day, Steve Best and Simon Minty.
In 2007 she was runner up in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition.
For the past 20 years, Carr has been a disability rights campaigner in the UK and has spoken at many rallies. In May 2008 she joined with ADAPT, a prominent disability rights group in the United States, to raise money for ADAPT and to protest presidential candidate John McCain's refusal to support the right of people with disabilities to live in their own homes.
In 2011, Carr was part of a Newsnight debate on the controversial issue of assisted suicide, following the screening on the BBC of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, that included Jeremy Paxman and David Aaronovitch.
In 2013, she joins the long running BBC crime thriller series, Silent Witness, as regular character, Clarissa Mullery.
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“It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.”
—Emily Carr (18711945)