Victoria Cook is a comedian, actor and writer.
As an obese, Geordie child with a mullet, Victoria found comedy difficult to relate to. Staying up late to watch Not the Nine O'Clock News was inspiring, if slightly inappropriate for an eight-year-old, on reflection.
Victoria trained at the internally famous Salford University, now known for producing fine comedy talent such as Jason Manford and Peter Kay.
In her evenings, weekends and holidays, Cook performed stand-up comedy and compered live family shows and large events across the UK. She even did a stint in futuristically named girlband EMAIL! But that's another story.
After university Cook toured the country with critically acclaimed improvisation group Four Blondes and a Blackhead, which harked the beginning of a seven-year stint directing, performing and writing for a variety of comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival.
As a stand-up, Victoria reached the finals of Funny Women, before packing up her guitar and heading off to perform down the coast of Portugal, trained as a clown and then travelled to India to study Laughter Yoga with its creator Dr Kataria, for no other reason but fun.
Upon her return, Cook founded sketch group Kooky Baboosha, writing, performing and directing. The group went on to win Embryo's Best New Comedy award and performed at Edinburgh to critical acclaim.
In 2011 Victoria won BBC's Jesting About 2 competition as a sketch writer, which led to performing in the BBC radio sketch show of the same name.
As well as appearing in Hebburn, BBC's Jesting About CBBC's Jedward's Big Adventure, Inside Out,The Dog Ate My Homework and All Over The Place Victoria appears as a regular sketch artist and the character Davina Wave on CBBC's BAFTA nominated news spoof sketch show DNN.
She no longer has a mullet.