Aisling Bea is a classically trained actor, stand-up comic and writer who is part of the new wave of Irish female comics. In 2013 she was nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and won the prestigious comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? In 2012, Aisling became one of the most in-demand performers in UK and Irish comedy. In 2014 she won the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic in 2014.
Aisling Bea holds a degree in French and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin. She attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She had already been a working writer and actress for years before deciding to try stand-up comedy in 2011. A year later she beat eight other comedians to win the "So You Think You're Funny?" award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, making her only the second woman to have won in the 25 years that the award has been running.
In 2013, her debut solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, C’est La Bea sold out, received four and five star reviews across the board. Aisling was nominated for the Foster’s Best Newcomer Award. In 2014, she won the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian.
Clearly a brilliant and accomplished comedian, Aisling is a wonderful awards host; her sharp wit, charm and comedic timing makes her an ideal choice for any after dinner event.
Aisling has quickly established herself as a regular face on TV with appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.
She has appeared on virtually every panel show available and was part of the 2017 cast of hit Dave show Taskmaster and has regularly appeared on Qi with Stephen Fry, James Corden’s A League of Their Own, The Big Fat Quiz of Everything and The Last Leg.
Other appearances have included Travel Man with Richard Ayoyade, The Jonathan Ross Show, Would I Lie To You?, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s Alternative Live Election Show.
Returning to live appearances, Aisling has performed across the world from Los Angeles to Malaysia. She was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival in 2012 and 2017 and has appeared at a range of other festivals including Riot LA, Latitude and Electric Picnic.
In 2016 she also starred alongside Gillian Anderson in Series 3 of Channel 4’s award-winning BBC2 crime drama The Fall.
A talented writer, Aisling has also developed a Channel 4 project with Sharon Horgan and Merman Films.
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