Camilla Cleese,39, is a British-American comedian, actress, and writer. Through her entertainment career, she acted in movies like Daddy Daughter Trip(2022) as well as cracked people with her comic performance in The One Show and Camilla Cleese Stand Up. Prior to her rise as a sought-after comedian in her own right, Camilla was a model and equestrian.
While she may be a successful entertainer in the industry, her popularity is always linked to being the daughter of famous comedian John Cleese renowned for his work with the comedy group, Monty Python. Away from this, here are other details to know about her.
The 39-year-old was Born in England and Raised in Chicago
Camilla Cleese was born on January 24, 1984, in London to John Cleese and the late American actress, Barbara Trentham who died in 2013. She lived with both parents till they separated in 1987. Three years later they finalized their divorce. As a result, Camilla moved back to the US with her mother and they settled in Chicago where she spent most of her earlier years.
Aside from being the only child born to her parents, she has an older sibling named Cynthia Cleese who was born during her father’s first marriage with Connie Booth.
Focusing on Camilla’s educational pursuits, she attended Lake Forest Academy as a boarding student after which she proceeded to college at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Camilla Cleese’s Career and How She Rose to Fame
She Started as a Model and Equestrian
Per Camilla’s Twitter profile, she is a comedian, writer, and actor, long legs and smart a$s. But a look at her career path reveals that she was not always all of these descriptions. The Uk-born started her career as a model and equestrian. Standing at a height of 6ft 1inch, Camilla did not take long before launching herself in the modeling industry.
Her early entry into modeling may have been influenced by her mother who was also a model besides her acting career. While her mother is known to have made appearances in glossy magazines like British Vogue, Camilla’s gigs are not well known.
As for being an equestrian, Camilla took this up when her father bought a 16-acre ranch for her horses back in the day. Reportedly, she was quite good that she was able to compete at the highest level of the sport which is the Grandprix level. Yet, this did not launch her into the spotlight due to a series of bad results at competitions. It is no wonder that by the time she was 18, Camilla quit this line of business to concentrate on other aspects of her life.
The Famous Daughter Had a Troubled Life That Led to Rehab 5 Times
Camilla’s first rehab visit was at the age of four when her parent’s marriage broke down. For the next couple of years, she would make four more visits before she lands on her feet. In her teens, she started to experiment with many drugs including cocaine. According to her, she did this because she was insecure and wanted to be cool. As she admits, things got so bad that she was never sober at the time.
These led to several brushes with the law which included two drink-driving convictions. Thusly, her father was forced to sell off her horses and the ranch. In 2006, she became estranged from her father for one year because he cut off her allowance and refused to pick up her calls.
Thankfully, she realized how much her family cared about her and this made her call him in April 2007 to make things right. Following this call, she was checked into rehab for the last time.
Camilla Cleese Launched Her Comedy Career in 2014
Considering her past with drug use and several brushes with the law, Camilla took a career path in her father’s footsteps. In 2014, she became a known face as a stand-up comedian and has since made appearances at the Edinburg Fringe Festivals, with other comic acts as well as with her father.
She has a Youtube channel where she shares her comedy skits and stand-up acts with her thousands of subscribers.
In February 2023, it was announced that she would team with her 83-year-old legendary father in the reboot of his renowned sitcom Fawlty Towers. According to reports, she will take the role of an unknown daughter that Basil Towers(acted by her father) just discovered.
John Cleese’s Adult Daughter also has Acting and Writing Credits
Aside from her comedy gigs, Camilla has acted in movies as well as written the plots for some theatre productions. Per IMDB, her first credited role was in the 2013 movie, Gratitude 2 which she wrote and also acted in. Also, she was instrumental in the writing of John Cleese: The Alimony Tour and A Fish Called Wanda. She has since translated screen roles in;
- Daddy Daughter Trip(2022)- as pilot
- Mama’s Boys(2018)- as Stacey
- High & Outside: A Baseball Noir(2017)- as Natalie
- The Manny(2016)- as Crystal
- TMI Hollywood(2013-2014)
- Bad Weather Films(2013)
Is Camilla Cleese Married?
From our findings, the Chicago-raised multi-hyphenated entertainer has not revealed the details about her marital status. Her online activities only put light on her career and the different appearances she makes. As you would easily find, she loves to share cheerful moments with friends, colleagues, and her father whom she regularly sends birthday and Father’s Day shout-outs.
Despite choosing to keep her love life quiet, she had a popularized relationship with the American actor, Jeremy Piven. Their relationship was a short one that lasted for a few months back in 2008.
At the time she was 24 while Piven was 43 making many curious about the pair. Nonetheless, it did not stop them from making public appearances at BAFTA and IFC special awards. Though it is unclear why they broke up, Camilla and Piven maintained a cordial relationship afterward. Remarkably, she sent him a Twitter birthday shoutout in July 2014.
John Cleese’s Daughter’s Net Worth
Camilla Cleese has an estimated net worth of over $2.5 million dollars which she made from her career of many years. Though she has not verified this amount, her online activities and performances through stand-up comedy give credence to this.
Moreso, she is one of the heiresses to her father’s impressive wealth valued at a net worth of $20 million.