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"When I was at school, I was so quiet and withdrawn I wouldn't even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
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
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
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).