Bea on stage during the Wikimania 2014
16 March 1984
County Kildare, Ireland
|Occupation||Actress, writer, comedian|
Aisling Bea (; born Aisling Cliodhnadh O'Sullivan; 16 March 1984) is an Irish actress, comedian and writer. She won The Gilded Balloon's So You Think You're Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012.
Bea's grandfather is Irish language novelist and poet Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. Bea attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has a degree in French and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin.
In 2012, Bea beat eight other comedians to win the Gilded Balloon So You Think You're Funny award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, making her the second woman to have won it in the award's 25-year history.
In 2013, Bea was nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, latterly the Perrier awards, for her show C'est La Bea.
She has appeared as a guest on a number of panel comedy shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats (latterly as a team captain), Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Celebrity Squares, Would I Lie to You?, QI, A League of Their Own, Duck Quacks Don't Echo, Room 101, Insert Name Here, The Big Fat Quiz of Everything and The Jonathan Ross Show. She has also appeared performing stand-up on Russell Howard's Good News Extra, Channel 4's Comedy Gala and Live at the Apollo.