Arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977, Ruby Wax began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to a hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, and has written, and edited numerous scripts for TV and film including Absolutely Fabulous. Ruby then turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
She is the author of two best-selling books, Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy. The hardback copy of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled sold over 100,000 copies and is distributed in over 20 countries. Her one-woman shows Sane New World and Frazzled have toured both internationally and in London’s West End. She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012, What’s So Funny about Mental Illness?
Her latest book How to Be Human was published in January 2018. Written with the help of a monk and a neuroscientist, the book asks the controversial question: in a world that is increasingly online and beholden to technology, what is it that makes us truly human? The show of the same name began touring in September 2018 and will run throughout 2019.
Ruby also speaks widely to businesses and corporate leaders on how to communicate on a deep and effective level with clients and colleagues as well as explaining how to enjoy good mental health.
In 2015 Ruby was awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.