Ronni Ancona is a Scottish actress, impressionist and author best known for her work in the comedy sketch show The Big Impression, for which she won a British Comedy Award and a Variety Club Award.
Ancona's TV success began with small roles in BBC sketch shows including The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show and Lee and Herring vehicle Fist of Fun. Her rise to fame can be put down most directly, however, to her work with Alistair McGowan on The Big Impression.
Hired to provide the female characters on McGowan's BBC One show in 1999, her ability to mimic the likes of Victoria Beckham, Barbara Windsor, Audrey Hepburn and Ruby Wax meant that her role grew increasingly prominent and eventually McGowan's name was dropped from the show's title, reflecting the more equal nature of their partnership.
In 2003 Ancona's success was crowned when she won a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actress and weeks later a Christmas special Posh and Becks' Big Impression took a high-profile slot at the centre of BBC One's Christmas Day schedule.
In 2007, following a successfully received pilot, the BBC commissioned a new comedy sketch series titled Ronni Ancona & Co consisting of her own material and co-starring Phil Cornwell, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.
She later had a starring role as Judith, a frustrated, alcoholic, wannabe writer who clings onto relationships, in the romantic drama series Last Tango in Halifax.