Ruby Wax (née Wachs; 19 April 1953) is an American-British actress, comedian, writer, mental health campaigner, and lecturer. A classically trained actress, Wax starred in the sitcom Girls on Top (1985–1986), and came to prominence as a comic interviewer, playing up to British perceptions of the strident American style, in shows including The Full Wax (1991–1994), Ruby Wax Meets... (1994–1998), Ruby (1997–2000), and The Ruby Wax Show (2002). She went on to become the script editor for the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012), also appearing in two episodes. Wax studied psychology at the University of California but did not complete her degree. In 2013, she gained a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Kellogg College, Oxford. In 2015, Wax was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Special Honours for services to mental health. Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002) and Sane New World (2013), reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list.