As well as being a multi-BAFTA award-winning actress, writer, producer, and director, Sharon Horgan is a co-founder of Merman, with Clelia Mountford.
Executive producer, co-writer and star of the widely acclaimed and multiple BAFTA award winning dark comedy thriller BAD SISTERS (Apple TV+), which has so far received two BAFTA Awards, four IFTA Awards and the Peabody Award for Entertainment, alongside further BAFTA nominations, and nominations at the Edinburgh TV Awards, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, C21’s International Drama Awards, Writers Guild of America, Broadcast Awards, Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards and RTS Craft & Design Awards. The highly anticipated second series is currently in the early stages of production.
Sharon is also co-creator of SHINING VALE, an eight-part horror comedy series starring Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear, which premiered on Starz in 2022 and she is also executive producing the upcoming second season. Sharon recently starred in critically acclaimed BBC Drama BEST INTERESTS alongside Michael Sheen.
This year, Sharon received the IFTA award for Actress in a Lead Role (Drama) for BAD SISTERS. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards, Outstanding Comedy Actress for this year’s Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards, and Best Writer (Drama) for the RTS Awards for BAD SISTERS. She was also nominated for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for MOTHERLAND at this years’ BAFTA TV Craft Awards. Sharon received the Award of Excellence at Banff World Media Festival.
Further accolades include the BAFTA for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for CATASTROPHE in 2016 which gained three BAFTA nominations for her extraordinary performance in the show, alongside a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Further recognition includes the BAFTA TV Award for Best Short Form Programme (2018) for MORGANA ROBINSON’S SUMMER: DREAMLAND and Outstanding Achievement Award for her debut short film THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS. At the National Comedy Awards Sharon was awarded the Caroline Aherne Outstanding Achievement Award, she has also received two BAFTA Award nominations and two British Comedy Awards for her iconic BBC show PULLING which she co-wrote and starred in.
Further recent credits for Merman include: executive producing Sky’s recently aired DREAMLAND which stars Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman; executive producing BBC Sounds audio drama People Who Knew Me, starring Rosamund Pike and Hugh Laurie; executive producing and starring in the animated comedy HOUSEBROKEN (Fox), which was co-created by Clea Duvall, Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan, and the second series is currently airing; executive producing FRANK OF IRELAND (Channel 4/Amazon), which was created by Brian and Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Moloney; co-writing and executive producing the BAFTA nominated MOTHERLAND (BBC Two), including MOTHERLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (BBC Two) and MOTHERLAND: LAST CHRISTMAS (BBC One); executive producing two series of FRAYED (Sky/ABC), created by and starring Sarah Kendall; THERE SHE GOES (BBC/Britbox), including the recent critically acclaimed special; DISABILITY BENEFITS (Channel 4), written and created by Rosie Jones, and THIS WAY UP (Channel 4/Hulu), in which she also starred in alongside creator Aisling Bea.
On screen, Sharon has starred alongside Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Kyle Chandler in the critical and commercial hit feature film GAME NIGHT. In 2020, she starred in MILITARY WIVES opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and the Irish comedy-drama film DATING AMBER, for which she won an IFTA for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, Sharon wrote and directed an episode of Amazon’s anthology MODERN LOVE, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive” which stars Tina Fey and John Slattery.
Sharon starred opposite James McAvoy in the Stephen Daldry directed film TOGETHER for BBC Two and BBC Film. Later that year, she took on the role of Miss Hedge in the BAFTA nominated feature film adaptation of the West End musical EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. Sharon also appeared in THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT opposite Nicolas Cage.
Sharon’s further acting credits include CRIMINAL UK (Netflix), BOB’S BURGERS (Fox), BOJACK HORSEMAN (Netflix), THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET (IFC), ADVENTURE TIME (CARTOON NETWORK), PSYCHOBITCHES (Sky Arts), THE BORROWERS (BBC), FREE AGENTS (Channel 4), DEAD BOSS (BBC) and BAD SUGAR (Channel 4), as well as the films RUN AND JUMP, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO, and MAN UP. Sharon also voices Queen Dagmar in the Matt Groening Netflix series DISENCHANTMENT.