For one whole year 2012-2013 Leanne set out on a personal quest to abolish her risk averse nature by moving house every six weeks to live with strangers she'd found on Twitter. She also signed up to every adventure offered including a stint with the Hare Krishna's, internet dating, clown camp and ending up at a group masturbation session (genuine mistake but being English, was too polite to leave). Leanne's journey was documented through the Huffington Post and culminated in a sell-out one woman show at The Edinburgh Festival 2013.
Companies also seem to like putting her face on things. Commercials in the last 2 years include Santander, McDonalds, A2 Milk, Wowcher, Cancer Research and Confused.com. Leanne is also a writer for The Telegraph and blogger for The Huffington Post and has even done some well intelligent writing for The Lancet.
She's done her fair share of stand up on the circuit both as characters Wendy and Lydia, as well as just herself, culminating in a one woman sell-out show at Edinburgh 2013 called Miss Adventure. She recently brought together some of the funniest women ever to have existed in the form of sketch group Dude Looks Like A Lady. They won rave reviews including Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut Act and in 2016 had a run of sell out shows and four star reviews at Edinburgh Festival.
Most recently Sarah Millican's podzine Standard Issue asked Leanne to speak about losing her Mum to early onset Alzheimer's, finding LOL's in the darkness and holding on to your noddle through grief. This can be heard by your own ears here. She is turning her current Huffington Post series called ‘Keeping My Head Whilst Mum Loses Hers’ into a one woman show for Edinburgh Festival 2018. And last month You Tube asked her to deliver a workshop on how to be well funny.
Leanne is also soon to debut her one woman show The Luggage Thiefat Nottingham Playhouse. The play is a fast paced adventure story for grownups, focussing on themes of trauma, anxiety and shame, told through Rose and her adventures under the sea. Inspired by my own experiences, the piece aims to be engaging, darkly comic and at times provocative but ultimately uplifting and inspiring, showing that there are ways to take back control.
The big news today is that she has just had her first TV script optioned by Leopard. Generally life is pretty aces.