Colleen Mae Ballinger is an American YouTube star, comedian, actress, singer and writer best known for her hilarious YouTube character Miranda Sings. In addition, Colleen has created, co-produced and starred in her own Netflix show based off her Miranda character titled “Haters Back Off.” She continues to tour the U.S. and the world doing comedy and singing shows as Miranda. Colleen has millions of followers across her social media channels.
Colleen Mae Ballinger was born on November 21, 1986 in Santa Barbara, California, to parents Tim, an IT manager, and Gwen, a homemaker. She has two older brothers named Christopher and Trent as well as a younger sister, Rachel. Growing up, Colleen was home schooled during middle school and later attended San Marcos High School and Azusa Pacific University. In college, she majored in vocal performance.
As of September 2021, Colleen has more than 8.68 million subscribers on YouTube, 7 million followers on Instagram, 1.7 million followers on Twitter, 8 million followers on TikTok and 336,000 followers on Facebook. On her Miranda Sings YouTube channel, she has more than 10.9 million subscribers.
Colleen started her YouTube channel at a young age in 2006 but it was only in 2008 that she created her famous Internet character Miranda under the alias Miranda Sings. The character makes fun of the many YouTube videos featuring egotistical and bad performers who sing for self promotional purposes. The character, eccentric and infantilized, is home schooled and lives with her mother and uncle.
In the Miranda Sings videos, Colleen, acting as Miranda, will sing hilariously off-key songs and covers and will rant about internet haters as well as delve into the character’s back story. Since launching her YouTube channel, Colleen has posted more than 2,000 videos and counting to her personal YouTube channel and her Miranda Sings YouTube page. She has more than 1.8 billion lifetime views on her personal page.
The year after starting her character Miranda, the videos took off and went viral. Since 2009, Colleen has been performing her one-woman comedy act and show in cabaret spaces and theaters across the world.
In addition to Colleen’s Miranda Sings tours, the singer and actress has toured with her then-husband and fellow YouTube star Joshua David Evans. In 2015 and 2016, the couple toured as “The Colleen and Josh Show.”
Colleen’s success on social media turned into a living. In 2016, she was ranked among the top ten highest-earning YouTube stars by Forbes. Colleen worked with major brands on sponsorships and earned money from advertising as well.
Since starting Miranda Sings, Colleen has appeared on a number of TV shows as Miranda, including “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The View.”
Colleen created, produced, co-wrote and starred as her character Miranda in the Netflix show “Haters Back Off” from 2016 to 2017. The show explored Miranda’s origins and family life. She reprised her role in the Netflix comedy special in 2019.
In addition, Colleen has been nominated for a number of Teen Choice Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards and Streamy Awards for her work online.
In 2019, Colleen appeared in the Broadway musical “Waitress” as the character Dawn.
In 2018, Colleen became pregnant with her first child with her husband Erik Stocklin. The two first met when she cast him as Miranda’s love interest. They began dating in early 2018 and married that same year. Their son, Flynn, was born in late 2018.
You can purchase Miranda Sings merchandise on her official site. https://mirandasings.com/shop.html
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