Arabella is an actor and writer. She is best known for starring in The Fast Show and as Beth in the current hit BBC sitcom Two Doors Down. Her numerous television credits also include Harry Enfield and Chums, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, Spooks, Posh Nosh, the first two series of Skins and, more recently, Drifters and Pure.
Arabella’s first two novels – Does My Bum Look Big In This? and Onwards and Upwards (published by Hodder & Stoughton and Penguin respectively) – were both international best sellers. She adapted her next novel Stupid Cupid for the screen. More recently, Arabella wrote a trilogy of Young Adult novels featuring the character Tabitha Baird. Her memoir The Real Me Is Thin was published in 2011.
Posh Nosh, which Arabella co-wrote with Jon Canter and starred in alongside Richard E. Grant, was later repeated on BBC2. Arabella was also a main contributor to the hugely successful Grumpy Old Women shows on the BBC.
Arabella sold out her first solo show Does My Mum Loom Big In This? (co-written with Jon Canter) at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 prior to a UK-wide tour in 2020.
Arabella has had weekly columns in, and written regularly for, the Guardian, Independent and the Daily Telegraph.
Arabella is a patron of the single parents’ charity Gingerbread and a regular spokesperson for Cancer UK. She is also a Trustee for the community garden Sunnyside Gardens in North London. She has trained to be a child’s mentor for the early intervention charity Chance UK and is an adult mentor for the charity Bridging the Gap.