Ventriloquist Nina Conti is the daughter of well-known British actor Tom Conti.Nina always had dreams of following in her father's footsteps and becoming an actress, however she started doing stand-up ventriloquism in 2002 and quickly shot to fame by winning the BBC New Comedy Award that same year.
Famed for her foul-mouthed ‘sidekick' Monkey (Monk), Nina has won numerous comedy awards for her writing, acting and ventriloquism.
Nina regularly headlines at UK and London comedy venues, and has appeared at The Comedy Store and Soho Theatre and has often taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also appeared at both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival.
Nina took her first solo full length show, Complete and Utter Conti to Edinburgh in 2007, which went on to win the prestigious BARRY Award in 2008 at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The following year, Nina took a new show, Evolution, to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival, which proved to be a massive sell out. Nina's 2010 show, Talk to the Hand, which introduced brand new puppets, was a hit show for the full run of the Edinburgh Fringe that year.
Nina Conti's radio work includes four series of Claire in the Community, the BBC Radio 4 Sony-Award winning series, which she featured in from 2005 to 2009. Most recently, Nina starred in Sneekiepeeks, Harry Venning's and Neil Brand's 2010 BBC Radio 4 Comedy about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.
More recently Nina has fronted two documentaries for BBC 4, A Ventriloquists Story: Her Masters Voice, saw her taking the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven. For the second, Make Me Happy: A Monkey's Search for Happiness, Nina took Monk on a journey into the world of new age and alternative therapies.