Morwenna Banks is best known for her oddball character portrayals in British and American TV comedy programs. These programs include situation comedies such as Baddiel's Syndrome, a 2001 British series about thirtysomethings who sit around engaging in trivial conversation reminiscent of Seinfeld discourse; The Strangerers, a 2000 British series in which Banks plays the "supersupervisor" of bumbling aliens who visit earth; and [[Feature~V175321~Saturday Night Live~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]], the weekly American comedy program specializing in satire and parody (Banks appeared in episodes airing in 1994 and 1995). Banks has also served as a writer and producer, acted in several motion pictures, and performed numerous voice-over roles. For example, in 2000, Banks was the voice of Britain's Prince William in a Channel 4 production entitled Will's World, an animated feature directed by Oscar winner [[Performer~P286094~Bob Godfrey~bobgodfrey]] that pokes fun at the young royal on the occasion of his 18th birthday. In 1999, she lent her voice to a well-received animated production entitled [[Feature~V260794~The Big Knights~thebigknights]], about two dimwitted paladins called Sir Boris and Sir Morris who keep a dog and a hamster known as Sir Horace and Sir Doris. In 1998, Banks was the voice of two animated characters, Claire Feeble and Heather Perfect, in Stressed Eric, a [[Feature~V175345~Simpsons-esque~thesimpsons[animatedtvseries]]] BBC2 production about a family tested to the limits by the pressures of everyday life.
Banks has also appeared in motion pictures -- all flops or near-flops (examples: The Announcement and [[Feature~V256977~Large~large]], both 2000), but she succeeded magnificently in 2001 when she gave birth to a daughter, Dolly. The father was boyfriend David Baddiel (the star of Baddiel's Syndrome). Banks, who was born in 1964, has a first name that puzzles non-Brits. "Morwenna" is an old name of Cornish-Welsh-Celtic origin; there is a 5th century saint named Morwenna, as well as many English churches that bear the name. ~ Mike Cummings, Rovi