Tessa
Coates

Writer, performer and comedian

Tessa is a writer, performer, journalist, comedian and one third of critically acclaimed sketch group Massive Dad.

Her debut solo show Primates sold out the entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ran at the Soho Theatre to more sell out audiences. She also performed her show in LA at the Lyric Theatre and Improv Lab following which there was a competitive situation to produce her first comedy series for TV in the US. The project landed at ABC Studios with Greg Daniels (The Office) and Howard Klein (3 Arts) attached to exec produce alongside Tessa.

As a performer, recent credits include Birds of a Feather, Damned, NewsjackComic Relief, @elevenish and numerous sketches for BBC Three.

She hosts a number of successful podcasts including hugely popular Nobody Panic, as well as making Will You Read to Me, and Badass Women from History.

a delightfully funny, smart show

Julia Chamberlain
Chortle on Primates

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Sharing and revealing a lot, Tessa Coates is a revelation on the comedy scene

Rona Kelly
Broadway World on Primates

CV

Television

Writer & Performer & Creator & Executive Producer

Tessa will create, star in and executive produce a comedy series project, executive produced by The Office’s Greg Daniels. In a competitive situation, the project has been set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment. ABC Studios is producing.

Performer

Camilla 
Director Martin Dennis
Retort for ITV
Lauren 
Director Natalie Bailey
What Larks for Channel 4
Lucy 
Director Mustapha Kseibati
BBC3
Performer/Massive Dad 
Director Tommy Forbes
Talkback for ITV2
Vix 
Director Lucy Lumsden
Sky Arts
Alice 
Director Richard Curtis
Comic Relief for BBC

Theatre

Writer & Performer

Tessa's second solo show performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018

Pleasance Courtyard

Sell-out Edinburgh debut solo show

Pleasance, Edinburgh

Durham University Sketch Group 

The Underbelly, Edinburgh

Performer

Olivia 
Director Liam William
Fight in the Dog
Performer 
Edinburgh Pleasance Jackdome/SOHO Theatre
Performer 
Edinburgh Pleasance Below
Performer 
PBH Free Fringe, Edinburgh
Lynndie England 
Assembly Rooms Theatre
Lina Lamont 
Caedmon Theatre
Annie 
Assembly Rooms Theatre

Radio

Performer

Various 
Director Charlie Perkins
Production Company BBC Radio 4
Performer/Massive Dad 
Director Gus Beattie
Production Company The Comedy Unit for BBC Radio 4
Various 
Director David Tyler
Production Company Pozzitive for BBC Radio 4
Janine 
Director Jamie Anderson
Production Company Big Finnish Productions

Other

Writer & Performer

New online sketch show for Beano