Constance, Lady Crabtree is a comedy character created by the author and broadcaster Paul James in April 1978. Intended only as a single cabaret performance, Lady Crabtree proved to be so popular with audiences in the UK that he has now been performing her on stage, radio and television for over forty years. The first radio broadcast was as a celebrity panellist on a BBC Radio 2 quiz show Funny Peculiar (1982) with Gyles Brandreth, Sandra Dickinson, Barry Cryer, Clement Freud, Roger Cook, Magnus Pyke and June Whitfield. Early television appearances included BBC 1's Pebble Mill at One and Daytime Live (1988) and ITV's The James Whale Show (1990); Lady Crabtree has broadcast on radio and television worldwide, most recently in February 2008 when she was one of Dame Margot Hamilton's guests on BBC Three's Upstaged series and in 2013 when interviewed on the Scott Spears Now show for American television following the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. 2018 marked Lady Crabtree's 40th anniversary in public life.
Lady Crabtree is the author of two books:The Secret Journals of Queen Elizabeth II (Columbus 1988 and Virgin Books 1990) and The Secret Royal Love Letters (Virgin Books 1990).
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