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Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea
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Bea on stage during the Wikimania 2014
(1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 34)
County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actress, writer, comedian
Years active 2002-present
Website Official website

Aisling Bea (; born Aisling Cliodhnadh O'Sullivan ; 16 March 1984)[1][2] is an Irish actress, comedian and writer.[3][4] She won The Gilded Balloon's So You Think You're Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012.

Early life and education

Bea was born in County Kildare, Ireland, to Brian and Helen O'Sullivan (née Moloney), the latter a retired professional flat race jockey.[1] She has a sister, Sinead.[5] Bea's father died by suicide when she was three years old. Her mother initially told her that he died of an illness and Bea did not know the truth until she was 13 years old. She says this took a long time for her to get over, but she says her father is one of her biggest inspirations.[6]

Bea's grandfather is the Irish language novelist and poet Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. Bea attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has a degree in French and philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin.[4][7]


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.[8]

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.[9]

She is a frequent guest on the Channel 4 comedy and late night talk show The Last Leg.

In March 2017, she appeared in an episode of the British travel documentary Travel Man on Channel 4.

In 2017, she competed in series 5 of Taskmaster against Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Nish Kumar and Mark Watson.

She has appeared as a guest on a number of panel comedy shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats (latterly as a team captain), Don't Sit in the Front Row, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, 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, The Jonathan Ross Show and Taskmaster. She has also appeared performing stand-up on Russell Howard's Good News Extra, Channel 4's Comedy Gala and Live at the Apollo.

In November 2017, she wrote an article for the British newspaper The Guardian. In the article she told how her late father had committed suicide when she was a young child to highlight such social issues as depression and suicide.[10]

Personal life

Bea's professional name is a homage to her father, Brian, who died when she was young.[1] She chose the name during drama school, as another actress already used her birth name in the industry.[5] She is a frequent user of social media sites including Twitter and Instagram. She is an outspoken feminist. She often voices her support for ethically produced clothing and jewellery both on television and in social media. She is a pescatarian.


Bea on stage

See also


  1. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Richard (18 July 2014). "Funny woman, Aisling Bea, is of good stock". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "Aisling Bea on Instagram: "Wow. I feel like a turd."". 16 March 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ "Five Essentials: Actor". Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Aisling Bea Official Site". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Alice (12 August 2015). "Aisling Bea interview: The prize-winning comedian with the CV of a veteran on bringing her second stand-up show to the Fringe". The Independent. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "My father's death has given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness". 
  7. ^ Jarlath Regan (19 September 2015). "Aisling Bea". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (105 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Aisling Bea wins So You Think You're Funny". BBC News. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ Duffy, Claire. "Aisling Bea is nominated for Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Award". Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Aisling Bea: 'My father's death has given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness'". the Guardian. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2018. 

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