Sarah Millican used the Edinburgh Fringe Prize to pay off auto loans before she got famous


Actress Sarah Millican says she used the money she earned from her very first Edinburgh Fringe to pay off her car loans.

The 46-year-old is now one of the UK’s biggest comedy stars and has performed in sold-out arenas across the country for the past decade.

However, taking to social media over the weekend, the star shared that her career hadn’t always been so huge, posting a return photo of her first performances at the Edinburgh Festival.

Taken 13 years ago, Sarah had impressed organizers with her stand-up show and won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award in 2008, a title won by a number of comedians who have pursued successful careers.

Her show at the time, ‘Sarah’s Not Nice’ drew a wave of positive attention from critics, with writing that the set was “always funny” as well as “utterly dirty”.

In a tweet, Millican, of South Shealds, also told fans that the money earned from the prize went directly to paying off his car loan.

She wrote: “13 years ago today I won the Newcomer Award on the outskirts of Edinburgh and paid off my car loan with the prize.

“It’s me right after I won. I was stunned. I had just met Clive James too. I still remember my speech.

“I remember feeling like I confirmed that I was on the right track.”

The Edinburgh Fringe for 2021 is set to end on August 30 after a successful but slightly more limited run of performances to comply with coronavirus restrictions.


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