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Ariane Sherine

Ariane Sherine
Ariane Sherine speaking at TAM London in October 2009
Born (1980-07-03) 3 July 1980
London, UK
Occupation Comedy writer, journalist
Nationality British

Ariane Sherine (born 3 July 1980) is a British comedy writer and journalist. She created the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in 13 countries during January 2009.


Sherine writes regularly for The Guardian's Comment & Debate section,[1] and has also written for The Sunday Times[2] and The Independent.[3] She started in journalism aged 21, reviewing albums for NME,[4] before coming runner-up in the BBC Talent New Sitcom Writers' Award 2002.[5] She then wrote comedy for British TV shows including the BBC sitcoms My Family[6] and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps,[7] and links for the Channel 4 quiz show Countdown after appearing on the show in 2003.[8] In addition, Sherine wrote episodes of several CBBC and CITV shows, including The Story of Tracy Beaker,[9] The New Worst Witch[10] and Space Pirates,[11] before returning to journalism in early 2008.


Sherine and Richard Dawkins at the Atheist Bus Campaign launch in London

Sherine started the Atheist Bus Campaign in response to an evangelical Christian bus advertisement which gave the URL of a website "telling non-Christians they would spend 'all eternity in torment in hell', burning in 'a lake of fire'".[12] She was brought up Christian; although her father is currently a Unitarian Universalist, while her mother's side of the family are Parsi Zoroastrians (though both parents are non-practising).[13] In 2009, Sherine was nominated for Secularist of the Year 2009 (The Irwin Prize),[14] a title awarded by the National Secular Society.

In January 2009, Sherine gave a non-religious equivalent of Thought for the Day on Radio 4's iPM programme.[15][16] She spoke about accepting the beliefs of others as long as they are expressed peacefully, and how the freedom to hold them is more important than the beliefs themselves. Sherine's broadcast follows a similar one made by Richard Dawkins in 2002.[17] Thought for the Day continues to be reserved for religious speakers in its usual slot on Radio 4's Today Programme, on weekday mornings.

In October 2009 the first atheist charity book, The Atheist's Guide to Christmas was released, which Sherine had been editing for the prior six months. The full advance and royalties from the book were donated to the UK HIV charity, Terrence Higgins Trust.[18]

In late 2009, Sherine announced that she was ceasing atheist campaigning and returning to journalism and writing a novel.[19][20] She remains a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association.[21]


In December 2013, Sherine launched a new campaign in The Guardian called Give Just One Thing,[22] linked to a free e-book she had written called Give: How to Be Happy, available from the website The campaign encouraged people to do just one of ten practical actions to improve the world, from signing the Organ Donor register to organising a charity initiative. As part of the campaign, Sherine sold 50% of her possessions in aid of the humanitarian charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.[23]

Personal life

Sherine is a single mother.[24]


  1. ^ "Ariane Sherine's Guardian profile". London: Guardian. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Ariane Sherine My Week Sunday Times 11 January 2008
  3. ^ The Independent The Trouble With Fairytales 19 September 2008
  4. ^ Early NME review 31 May 2002
  5. ^ Ariane Sherine interview 1 June 2007
  6. ^ "Official Ariane Sherine website". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Ariane Sherine Two Pints IMDB
  8. ^ "Ariane Sherine Countdown appearance, YouTube". 21 September 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Ariane Sherine Tracy Beaker IMDB
  10. ^ Ariane Sherine Worst Witch IMDB
  11. ^ Ariane Sherine IMDB
  12. ^ Atheist Bus Campaign launch article, 21 October 2008
  13. ^ Ariane Sherine official website Atheist Bus Campaign page
  14. ^ Secularist of the Year 2009 Nominees 21 November 2008
  15. ^ BBC Radio 4's first Thought for the Afternoon, The Guardian 9 January 2009
  16. ^ First Humanist Thought For The Day, YouTube 10 January 2009
  17. ^ "Atheist gives Thought for the Day".  
  18. ^ Sherine, Ariane (1 October 2009). The Atheist's Guide to Christmas. Harper Collins.  
  19. ^ The final phase of the atheist campaign, The Guardian 18 November 2009
  20. ^ "Twitter / ArianeSherine: Am disappearing again to finish". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  21. ^ British Humanist Association Distinguished Supporters List Accessed 17 June 2010
  22. ^ [1] 3 December 2013
  23. ^ [2] 31 March 2014
  24. ^ [3] 31 March 2014

External links

  • Ariane Sherine's official website
  • Ariane Sherine's Guardian profile
  •, the Atheist Bus Campaign
  • Ariane Sherine's Blog
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