July 4, 1968
Impressionist and comedian Ronni Ancona made her first television appearance in 1986 when she was still a teen, uncredited on an episode of "Blue Peter," the world's longest running children's show. In the early '90s, she performed on the comedy club circuit and made more appearances on television. 1994 saw her in a regular role on the sketch comedy program "The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show." Her next regular gig was from 1995-1996 on the program "Fist of Fun." She made her first big impression in 1999 however, with her work on the program "Big Impression," which was helmed by Alistair McGowan. Her performance on that show earned her two British Comedy Award nominations and a win for Best TV Comedy Actress. She became a fixture on British comedy series such as "Sketch Show" in 2001 and "Monkey Trousers" in 2005, when she also performed in a dramatic role as Barbara, the title character's girlfriend in the critically acclaimed drama "Gideon's Daughter." In 2007, she was handed the reins to her very own sketch comedy program, "Ronni Ancona & Co.," which featured spoofs and celebrity impressions. Her first film appearance came with a small role in 1999 in the gritty action thriller "The Debt Collector." She had a much more significant role in the 2004 spoof "Stella Street," playing several different characters including Penelope Cruz, Posh Spice, Jerry Hall and Madonna.