Meet Shappi Khorsandi, host of the National Housing Awards 2018

Shappi established herself as one of the country’s finest comedians in 2006 with her sell out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. In typical Shappi style, the show told the story of how her family were forced to flee Iran and gain asylum in the UK.

This show led to the publication of her childhood memoirs, A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English, her bestselling literary debut. Shappi followed this with the novel Nina Is Not Ok; her foray into fiction was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike and tells the story of a teenager with a drinking problem.

In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. That same year, she took her show Carry on Shappi to the Fringe and then on to The Soho Theatre.

Shappi’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe, she has appeared on countless TV & Radio shows including; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute & other flagship radio 4 programmes.

One of her favourite things is pulling on her wellies, trudging through muddy fields, and performing at every music festival which has a comedy tent – from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party.

Shappi has taken part in the iconic television & live show for Amnesty International: The Secret Policeman’s Ball, as well as several series of Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Her screenwriting debut was in the form of Sky’s Little Crackers and she was seen most recently in the 2017 series of the incredibly popular ITV audience hit I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here

She has received an honorary doctorate from Winchester University for her contribution to the arts and recently received the prestigious James Joyce award from Dublin University.