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Former Pupil Biographies

Doon Mackichan (1962 - current)

Doon Mackichan was born in London in 1962 and brought up in Wentworth, Surrey until age twelve, when she and her family moved to Upper Largo, Fife. She attended Madras College and says she owes her success to the determination of her Scots drama teacher at high school.

"I owe Mr MacKay everything," she says, laughing. "He was my English teacher at Madras College in St Andrews and he was the one person who encouraged me to open up. "

"When I was at school, I was so quiet and withdrawn I wouldn't even open my mouth. Mr MacKay was the man who encouraged me to get into drama to boost my confidence. "

"In next to no time I started to have a great time and it became clear that drama was the perfect career path for me. Mr MacKay - thank you very much."

She went on to study Drama at Manchester University.

Mackichan lives in Clapham, south London, with her three children from a marriage to actor Anthony Barclay, from whom she was divorced in 2005.

Mackichan swam the English Channel in 1998.

Mackichan was one of the writers and stars of the Channel 4 comedy series Smack the Pony and has appeared in a number of Chris Morris comedy series such as On The Hour, The Day Today and Brass Eye. She also appeared in the sitcoms Beast and Bedtime, and was a regular performer in Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge and The Mary Whitehouse Experience. She appeared in several of The Comic Strip Presents... films in the early 1990s, and appeared in the 1995 comedy Glam Metal Detectives. In 2009, she appeared as Jane Thomason, the news producer for the BBC in Taking the Flak. She portrayed Cherie Blair in the Channel 4 satirical drama A Very Social Secretary, appeared in Channel 4 sitcom Nathan Barley as the "preposterous voice" of a thinly-veiled Annie Lennox parody. She portrayed a nightmarish BBC news presenter, Louise Marlowe, in series 4 of the Sarah Jane Adventures in 2010. In 2013, Mackichan played Flavia, a recurring character, in the ITV comedy Plebs.

In film, Mackichan played Victoria Lender in 1998's The Borrowers and teamed up with her former Smack the Pony co-stars for the 2004 film Gladiatress. Also in 1998 she appeared in the BBC TV mini-series of Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend as Mrs Veneering, social-climber and nouveau-riche who with her equally ambitious husband wears her acquaintances like so much jewellery, to impress others.

On stage, she appeared with Matt Di Angelo and David Haig in the Joe Orton black farce Loot. In July 2011 Mackichan performed alongside Julian Barratt in Nikolai Gogol's comedy The Government Inspector at the Young Vic Theatre, London. Later in 2011 she played the part of Frances in April de Angelis' play Jumpy at the Royal Court Theatre, regularly bringing the house down with her clumsily erotic burlesque solo in Scene Ten. Since 2013, Mackichan has starred in Toast of London as Steven Toast's (Matt Berry) quirky agent Jane Plough.

Mackichan's own BBC Radio show, Doon Your Way, was broadcast in 1996.

She has narrated several TV series including The Honey Trap and Bank of Mum and Dad. She has also voiced characters in several animated series including Bob and Margaret, Stressed Eric, Don't Eat the Neighbours and Bromwell High.

She fronted a TV ad campaign for Hallmark in the UK, and appeared alongside Darren Boyd as a married couple for a series of Direct Line insurance TV ads in 2012.

She was a contestant in the 2003 BBC charity singing contest, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in which she came fourth.

She has appeared twice on the BBC panel show QI:
      Series C episode 2 "Cummingtonite" (2005) and Series E episode 11 "Endings" (2007).