Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig is a comedian, writer, actor, presenter and producer.

She is also a political activist, joint founder of the Women’s Equality Party and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.

Sandi Toksvig took over from Stephen Fry as the host of QI in 2016 and presents The Great British Bake Off with Noel Fielding. She was the host of Radio 4’s News Quiz from 2006-2015.

Sandi began her comedy career at Girton College, Cambridge University, writing and performing in the first all-woman show for the Cambridge Footlights and still finding time to gain a first class degree.  While still at university she performed at the first night of The Comedy Store in London and for many years was part of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational comedy team.

She made her television debut presenting the children’s series No. 73 (1982–1986) and went on to do other children’s television including The Saturday Starship, Motormouth and her own show Toksvig.  Since then her television work has included factual programmes such as the archaeological Channel 4 series Time Team, Island Race (in which she sailed around Britain with John McCarthy), The Talking ShowGreat Journeys (in which she canoed across Africa) and a six part documentary series about Sudan for Al-Jazeera English.   She has also acted in sit-coms such as The Big One (which she co-wrote) and more recently BBC’s Up the Women. For many years she was team captain on Call My Bluff.  Other panel shows include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mock the Week, and QI.  She was the host of What the Dickens,Antiques Master and currently presents Channel 4’s 1001 Things You Should Know.

Sandi has written many books including fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. She has been a columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine for more than twenty years and for seven years wrote every week in The Sunday Telegraph.  In 2009 a collection of her Telegraph articles were published in book form as The Chain of Curiosity. Her latest novel Valentine Grey was published in the autumn of 2012 and her book on manners was published in the autumn of 2013.