Diona Doherty

From Derry Girls, Have a Word & series regular on The Blame Game & The News Quiz

As a comedian, actress, writer, theatre producer and voice over artist, Diona Doherty is making waves in the entertainment world from all angles. 

In September 2023, Diona announced her stand up debut tour, Got MILF, and after being on sale for just 5 days, due to phenomenal demand had to add extra dates and release more tickets has now extended the tour into Autumn – Available here.

Diona joined the long running BBC panel show The Blame Game on BBC One N.I as a series regular and the only female permanent panelist. She has performed on and hosted Secrets of the Circuit (itvX), and returned to the BBC New Comedy Awards competition as a judge 2 years after being shortlisted to the N.I final of The BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC3). She has also guested on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News, The United Thingdom and is a regular on the Hugo Rifkind Times radio show.

She guest led an episode of Derry Girls for Ch4/Netflix as KATYA, played one of the leads in three series of BBC improvised comedy Soft Border Patrol and is a reoccurring character Grainne in BBC’s Give My Head Peace. Diona also played the lead in BBC Sounds series What Happens In Ulster, lead cast in 9 seasons of radio series A Perforated Ulster, as well as appearing in Penance for Ch5, and new comedy pilot Dry Your Eyes for BBC. Diona has written short BBC film Sh*t Stepmum, a thirty minute radio episode of What Happens In Ulster and audio play Dani Dives In for The Mac Theatre Belfast.

Diona has had several theatre commissions. Her debut play Bridesmaids Of Northern Ireland sold out 21 dates in theatres around N.I including a week at the Grand Opera House Belfast and is the first debut play to open on the main stage. Brisdesmaids was adapted for UK audiences and toured across summer 2023 hitting 70 dates. Diona’s second play, The Hen Do toured NI in autumn 2023, including a week at the GOH on the main stage. She has also co-written the adult Christmas shows, Home Malone, for the Waterfront Hall Belfast in 2021. Her one woman dark comedy play ‘Sunny Side Up’ (written by and starring her) will open at the Lyric Belfast in 2024.

As a voice over artist, Diona can be heard guiding tourists around The Giant’s Causeway, on BBC holiday programme Getaways and True North Documentary, The Formal.

She also appeared on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model in 2005

"As feisty as it is vulnerable, Sunny Side Up also points to her growing ability and confidence as a promising writer of drama alongside her tried-and-tested comedy credentials."

British Theatre Guide

"Doherty delivers a personable performance that tickles the funny bone as much as it touches the heart. Her reflex to rush towards assorted, winningly delivered punchlines is mitigated by achingly delivered moments of pathos and pain."

British Theatre Guide
  • We were very pleased with Diona and how she was able to run the event and manage the audience.Receptionist Awards 2023

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