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Leila Hackett


Leila Hackett started as a comedy sketch writer with credits including SMACK THE PONY (Channel 4), BRUISER (BBC2), and TV TO GO (BBC1), and a solo episode of AUDIODIARIES (Radio 4). With Charlotte Hudson she formed ‘Two Left Hands’, writing comedy for themselves and others. Credits included WATSON & OLIVER (BBC2) and RECORDED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES (Radio 4). A move into drama led to feature commissions by Moonspun Films and Bird Flight Films, and TV development deals with Kudos, Carnival Films and Working Title TV, amongst others. Original dramas in active development are with Paramount+ and Happy Prince.

As the comedy double-act Two Left Hands, Leila and Charlotte wrote and performed their own sketch shows, selling out twice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also a three-week run at the Etcetera Theatre, London.  They supported Lucy Porter on her national tour and were voted Best Fringe Debut by The Observer. Reviews for Charlotte Hudson and Leila Hackett, writing and performing as Two Left Hands: “Well-observed characters…the most accomplished sketch comedy I have seen in years” – Sunday Telegraph **** “Intelligently devised… strong, very English personalities…sharp dialogue and clever observations…Scintillating writing” – The List **** “A masterclass… deftly assembled… quirky and well-drawn” – The Times **** “Original, intelligent and nicely pitched … great writing, sharp humour – a left-field hit” – Chortle**** “Cleverly written, with excellent character work and sharp observation… their excellent script is complemented by immaculate comic timing …Definitely a duo to watch” – EdFestMag **** “Effervescent…clever and erudite in places, but never at the expense of the laughs” – Scotland on Sunday **** “In a venue as cramped as the Baby Grand, it is hard to imagine a comedy duo producing a sketch show worthy of being televised. It can be done though, as Two Left Hands proves” – Three Weeks ****