Charlotte and Leila met while performing in an open-air student production about the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and bonded over having to wear nighties in a damp garden while reciting poetry. Their paths crossed again on a Rupert Goold-directed tour of the USA with Twelfth Night, but after graduating Charlotte took up TV presenting and acting (Watchdog, Brainiac, Big Brother’s Little Brother) while Leila pursued writing with partner Bathsheba Doran (commissioned for C4’s Smack the Pony, and Radio 4’s Yes Sir, I Can Boogie). When Charlotte was cast in BBC2’s cult sketch-comedy Bruiser and Leila was commissioned to write for it, they re-discovered the shared sense of humour that finally led – once Bash had emigrated – to the decision to team up as a comedy double act.
Critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows followed in 2007 and 2009, and sell-out London shows at the Etcetera, Hen and Chickens, and Tristan Bates theatres.
After having children (by handy coincidence, in the same year) they decided to combine going up for ‘harassed mum’ parts in adverts with a focus on writing, and now have a varied and exciting slate of TV and film projects in development.
Charlotte and Leila’s writing leans towards telling female led stories, affording them the gravitas they deserve (and have often not been given) while packing them with humour and heart.
photo © Magnus Hastings