Katherine Frances "Katy"Brand (born 13 January 1979) is an English actress, comedian and writer, known for her ITV2 series Katy Brand's Big Ass Show and for Comedy LabSlap on Channel 4.
Brand was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. She is an alumna of St. Clement Danes School, where she was in the house of Clement. Following a summer holiday in Cornwall at 13 with friends who were Evangelical Christians she embraced their faith and attended church five times a week. Motivated to read theology at Keble College, Oxford, she then lost her religious beliefs while a student. Interviewed for the Evening Standard in 2007, she commented: "After about a year, I realised it was mostly rubbish and that things are never as simple as they seem when you are 13".
After graduation, Brand did not work as a performer, gaining employment in television production instead, but her social encounters with university contemporaries ultimately convinced her to try working as a comedian.
In 2008, she collaborated with Katherine Parkinson, one of her friends from university, on a BBC Radio 4 series called Mouth Trap.
Brand performed in Katy Brand's Big Ass Tour 2010. She also competed on Let's Dance for Sport Relief in 2010, in which she danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Also in 2010, she made a guest appearance on the song "Stop Giving Me Verses" by The Hoosiers, which was an attempt to break the world record for longest single ever released.