Michelle Bridgman Author Stand Up For YourselfRegularly appearing on television and radio news programmes as well as in print media, Shelley Bridgman has been described as one of the leading authorities on gender identity.

As a means of overcoming her fear of speaking in public she joined a Toastmasters International speaking club and was runner up in the great Britain humorous speech contest in 1997. A chance comment by a judge who said, “you should do stand-up,” inspired a career change. As ‘Shelley Bridgman’ she now performs on the UK’s comedy circuit and has performed five one women shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Shelley took her show Britishness to Edinburgh, Rome, New York and the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

In 2005 Shelley co-wrote and starred in a sitcom which was aired on BBC television. In 2012 she won the Silver Stand-up competition and was voted the UK’s best comic over the age of 55. She has visited over sixty countries and is a regular keynote speaker at conferences inspiring audiences to own their strengths by being why they were born to be. Shelley has been married for 40 years, has two grown up daughters and a grandchild.