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

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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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