Natalie Louise Haynes (born 1974 in Birmingham) is an English writer and broadcaster and a former comedian. She attended King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham then read Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge, and was also a member of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. She was made a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association in April 2010.
Haynes has been a panellist on Wordaholics, We've Been Here Before, Banter, Quote... Unquote, Personality Test, and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive on BBC Radio 4. She has contributed to BBC 7 comedy review show Serious About Comedy and reviews films for Front Row.
Her stand-up featured on Front Row and Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4, and on BBC 7's Spanking New. She has also appeared in the BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Fringe in 2004 and 2005. She has also appeared on Radio Five Live's Anita Anand Show, and MacAulay and Co. on BBC Scotland.
Haynes was a regular panellist on BBC's The Review Show and was the most-booked guest on More4's The Last Word. She appeared as a panellist on BBC 4's The Book Quiz, and on their Poetry Special alongside Andrew Motion and George Szirtes. She also appeared on Backlash, a BBC2 documentary on voluntary childlessness, wrote and performed in the STV/Assembly Television Best of the Fest in August 2005. Haynes has been a panellist on BBC Four's quiz show Mindgames, featured on Must Try Harder on BBC Two in 2006 and was the art and literature expert on the BBC Two quiz show Knowitalls.
In April 2008 Haynes was a member of stand-up comedians team on University Challenge: The Professionals. Her team lost to the Ministry of Justice by 100 points to 215. In November 2009 she appeared on BBC One's Question Time.
Haynes has been a Guest Contributor for The Times since October 2006, and a regular contributor to New Humanist. She has also written for The Sunday Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, The Big Issue, Loaded, and The Independent.
Haynes has toured from Dublin and Berlin to Manhattan - and has performed five Edinburgh Fringe sell-out runs and national tours. She was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 2002 Perrier Comedy Awards, the first woman to receive this nomination.
Haynes is the only comedian to have appeared at every Newbury Comedy Festival.
Haynes has written a non-fiction book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life, on the subject of how living well in the present requires some recourse to the ancient world. It was published by Profile Books in November 2010.
Haynes' contributed an essay to Serenity Found, a book about Joss Whedon's television show Firefly, edited by Jane Espenson, which was published in 2007 by BenBella Books. Her entries on subjects from Agatha Christie to E.F. Benson can be found in Cassell's Little Black Book of Books, published in 2007.