Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea
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Bea on stage during the Wikimania 2014
(1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 33)
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 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.[4][6]


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.[7]

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.[8]

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), 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.

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]


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. ^ Jarlath Regan (19 September 2015). "Aisling Bea". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (105 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "Aisling Bea wins So You Think You're Funny". BBC News. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ Duffy, Claire. "Aisling Bea is nominated for Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Award". Retrieved 2014. 

External links

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