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Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins 2016 Groucho Club Maverick award for Fleabag

hoebe Waller-Bridge in BBC3’s Fleabag, which she both writes and stars in, and which started life as a one-woman fringe show. Photo: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures Ltd Phoebe Waller-Bridge in BBC3’s Fleabag. Photo: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures Ltd
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Writer and performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the 2016 Groucho Club Maverick award.

Waller-Bridge beat nominees including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Calais theatre Good Chance, which was given a special commendation.

The award, which is run by London members’ club the Groucho, celebrates people from across arts and culture and the impact they have made over the past year.

The judges’ citation praised Waller-Bridge for her one-woman show Fleabag, which aired on the BBC earlier this year, hailing it as a “cultural phenomenon”.

“Entertaining and challenging, Fleabag holds a mirror up to the modern female condition; Waller-Bridge is an exciting new voice in British drama.”

Fleabag is set to return to the Soho Theatre in December.

Waller-Bridge receives £10,000, a lifetime membership to the Groucho Club and a bronze sculpture by artist Gavin Turk.

The other nominees were Damon Albarn for his project to reunite members of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music who have been displaced by conflict, and comedian Eddie Izzard for running 27 marathons in as many days for the charity Sport Relief.

Young Vic artistic director David Lan was nominated alongside Good Chance for their work together, while musician Pharrell Williams completed the list of nominees for his philanthropic work.

Groucho Club managing director Matt Hobbs said: “This year, our mavericks have made a tangible difference on a human level through their crafts, and once again have demonstrated that, diverse as the work they do is, they are united in representing art and culture in ways that are maverick.”

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