Susan Calman

Susan Grace Calman is a Scottish comedian, television presenter and panellist on a number of BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. She has written and starred in two series of her radio sitcom Sisters, two series of stand-up show Susan Calman is Convicted and a series of stand-up show Keep Calman Carry On, all on BBC Radio 4, she was one of the relief presenters for Fred MacAulay on his BBC Radio Scotland show MacAulay and Co which ran until March 2015. Other television work includes presenting the CBBC programme Extreme School and providing the comic voiceover on the CBBC series Disaster Chefs, she is a team captain on the BBC Northern Ireland comedy panel show Bad Language. She has presented the children's game show on CBBC, Top Class, quiz show The Lie on STV, the BBC One shows The Boss and Armchair Detectives. In 2017 Calman was a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in 7th place. Calman went to a fee-paying independent school, the High School of Glasgow, went on to study law at the University of Glasgow, winning a Judge Brennan scholarship and a three-month stint in North Carolina working with criminals on death row.

During her seven-year career in corporate law, she became dissatisfied with working as a specialist in freedom of information and data protection and developed her stand-up comedy during evenings giving up her job with Dundas & Wilson to develop her career in comedy. Calman was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow. Calman reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2005 and was a finalist in the Funny Women competition in 2006; the Channel 4 sketch show Blowout won a Scottish BAFTA in 2007, with Calman amongst the cast. In 2009, she won Best New Scottish Comedian at the Real Radio Variety Awards. Between 2011 and 2013, Calman played therapist Nadine in the comedy Fresh Meat, her debut Radio 4 solo series, Susan Calman is Convicted won the 2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for'Best Radio Comedy'. She featured in the 2012 sitcom Dead Boss for BBC Three. In 2013, Calman wrote about receiving online abuse after joking about the Scottish independence referendum on the Radio 4 satirical comedy programme The News Quiz, including accusations of betraying her country, of being "racist" towards other Scots.

Since 2014, Calman has been a regular panellist on the CBBC panel show The Dog Ate My Homework, Calman appears in 10 episodes of the show. In July 2014, Calman appeared in the BBC Scotland one-off stand-up/sketch show Don't Drop the Baton which featured sketches about the 2014 Commonwealth Games and narrated the BBC Three dating show Sexy Beasts, she is a frequent guest panellist on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz. In September 2017, she became. Calman presented Armchair Detectives, a BBC One daytime show first broadcast in November 2017. In December 2017 Calman was voted TV Star of the Year by readers of the Radio Times. Calman fronted the Channel 5 travel show Secret Scotland in February 2019 and again in January 2020. In 2018, Calman's podcast Mrs Brightside - A cheerful look at depression was first broadcast on BBC Sounds. On 1 October 2019, Calman was announced as the new presenter for series 15 of Great British Menu on BBC Two. Filming took place in Stratford-upon-Avon and was completed in November 2019.

The show will be broadcast in Spring 2020. Her 2019 show Susan Calman Makes Me Happy premiered on BBC Radio 4 on 20 November 2019; the show featured her wife, Lee. In May 2016, Calman published her first book, entitled Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate, her second book Sunny Side Up: a story of kindness and joy followed in September 2018. A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Calman was a contributor to the YA anthology The Day She Saved the Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS, published in March 2018; the title of Calman's story is The Maze of Cui Palta. On 15 August 2017, Calman was announced as the ninth contestant on series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing, she was partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton. They were the ninth pair to be eliminated, in week 10 of the competition. In a 2018 interview, Calman said she felt happiest "dancing with Kevin Clifton on Strictly." Calman is the daughter of Ann Wilkie, a former primary school deputy head, Sir Kenneth Calman, an oncologist.

Her father was chancellor of the University of Glasgow and former chief medical officer for Scotland England and Wales. She has sister. Calman came out as a lesbian in 1993 at the age of 19 and has spoken of her difficulties growing up gay in Glasgow. "It wasn't easy, not at all. Glasgow is a lovely city, but when I was growing up there was one lesbian bar, there was a club for men, but there was no internet, there was no way of finding out." The Times commented in 2009 that Calman's "status as a diminutive lesbian — she is 4ft 11in — gives a certain grist to her mill but, her Hobbit-like stature aside, what strikes you about her is her chirpy, optimistic level-headedness."After nine years together and her partner Lee, a lawyer, had a civil partnership ceremony in 2012. They married in 2016, they keep cats, in 2018 had five. They live in Glasgow. Calman was criticised for not insisting on a same-sex dance partner for Strictly Come Dancing, but she rejected the comments as being unfair, saying: "No one is holding me hostage in this room, making me wear a dress and dance with a man.

I want to learn how to dance... I have protested, I have picketed, I have fought, I have been spat on, I have been punched — and I want


Arghutyan-Yerkaynabazuk, Mkhargrdzeli-Arghutashvili known as Argutinsky-Dolgorukov was a Georgian and Russian noble family of Armenian descent whose double surname indicates their descent from Arghut and the family's purported origin from the medieval house of Mkhargrdzeli. "Dolgorukov" is a direct Russian translation of "Mkhargdzeli" or "Yerkaynabazuk" respectively meaning in Georgian and Armenian "a long-arm". The founder of the family, established himself in Lori, northern Armenia under Georgian control, at the end of the 15th century, his descendants were received among the lower-class nobility of Georgia, enfeoffed of Sanahin, where the family's dynastic abbey was located. Under King Heraclius II of Georgia, the Arghutashvili family was recognized as descended from the Mkhargrdzeli and elevated to a princely rank, a title, confirmed by the Imperial Russian government on March 6, 1819, December 15, 1838 and November 14, 1857. In contrast to the accepted view, the Russian historian Pyotr Dolgorukov advanced a hypothesis of the family's Rurikid origin and attempted to trace the common ancestry of Argutinsky-Dolgorukov and the Rurikid house of Dolgorukov to the 12th-century prince Yuri Dolgoruki