Aisling Bea is an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actor.
Since winning prestigious comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? in 2012, Aisling has become one of the most in-demand performers in UK and Irish comedy.
In 2013 she was nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award for Best Newcomer for her debut Edinburgh show C’est La Bea, which received a plethora of 4 and 5 star reviews in its sold out run. Her second Edinburgh hour, 2015’s Plan Bea, was also a major hit, selling out its entire run before the festival had even started.
As well as her live work, Aisling has fast established herself as a frequent face on television. She has performed stand-up on BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. Aisling also appears regularly on panel shows such as Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC1’s Would I Lie To You and BBC2’s QI and in 2016 she became a team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats. In 2017 Aisling competed on Dave’s hit series Taskmaster.
Aisling is an accomplished LAMDA trained actor with recurring lead roles in both dramas and comedies such as Sky 1’s sitcom Trollied, ITV1’s The Delivery Man (currently on Netflix), Channel 4’s sketch show Cardinal Burns and BBC3’s Dead Boss. Aisling starred alongside Gillian Anderson in Series 3 of award-winning BBC2 crime drama The Fall in 2016 and in 2017 she appeared in new Channel 4 sitcom Gap Year. In 2018 she played Amelia in Finding Joy which aired on RTE One. Aisling recently took on the role of Rebecca in Love, Wedding, Repeat, a feature film for Notorious Pictures and Tempo Productions to which Netflix have taken worldwide rights.
Aisling frequently works in the US, where her profile is rapidly rising. Aisling had a 15-minute special land on Netflix in 2018, as part of The Comedy Line-Up and she will also be seen in the new Netflix series Living With Yourself, starring opposite Paul Rudd.
In 2019, Aisling recorded her own comedy drama, This Way Up, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK and Hulu in the US, to critical acclaim. Aisling wrote the six-part series in addition to playing the lead role of Aine.
- Winner: British Comedy Awards: Best Female TV Comic 2015
- Nominee: Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
- Winner: So You Think You’re Funny 2012
- This Way Up, Channel 4, 2019 (Creator, Writer and role of Aine – 6 eps)
- Living With Yourself, Netflix, 2019 (8 eps)
- 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Channel 4, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 (Guest)
- QI, BBC2, 2014 – 2019 (Guest)
- The Last Leg, Channel 4, 2017 – 2019 (Guest)
- 8 Out Of 10 Cats, More4 & E4, 2016-2017, 2019 (Team Captain)
- The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan, Channel 4, 2019 (Guest)
- Word of the Year, Channel 4, 2017 (Herself)
- Plebs, ITV2, 2017 (Role of Minerva – 1 ep)
- An Extra Slice, BBC2, 2017 (Herself)
- SU2C Bake Off, Channel 4, 2017 (Herself)
- Taskmaster, Dave, 2017 (Contestant)
- Gap Year, Channel 4, 2017 (Role of Kendra – 2 eps)
- Travel Man: 48 Hours in…, Channel 4, 2017 (Guest)
- Hard Sun, BBC1/HULU, 2017 (Role of Mari Butler – 5 eps)
- The Fall, Channel 4, 2016-2017 (Role of Nurse Sheridan – 4 eps)
- Damned, Channel 4, 2016 (Role of Anne-Marie – 1 ep)
- Frank Skinner On Demand, BBC iPlayer, 2016 (Guest)
- Big Fat Quiz Of Everything, Channel 4, 2016 (Guest)
- Very British Problems, Channel 4, 2016 (Guest)
- Child Genius, Channel 4, 2016 (Guest)
- Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, Sky 1, 2016 (Guest)
- The O2 Comedy Gala, Channel 4, 2014, 2016 (Stand-Up)
- Insert Name Here, BBC2, 2016, 2017 (Guest)
- Trollied, Sky1, 2014-15 (Role of Charlie – 13 eps)
- A League Of Their Own, Sky 1, 2015, 2016 (Guest)
- Damned, Sky Arts, 2016 (Role of Anne-Marie – 1 ep)
- Room 101, BBC1, 2016 (Guest)
- The Cloud, Channel 4, 2015 (Actor)
- Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night, Channel 4, 2015 (Presenter/Performer)
- Would I Lie To You, BBC1, 2014, 2015 (Guest)
- Delivery Man, ITV, 2015 (Role of Lisa – 6 eps)
- Vodka Diaries, BBC3, 2014 (Role of Nic – 1 ep)
- Virtually Famous, BBC3, 2014 (Guest)
- Celebrity Squares, ITV, 2014, 2015 (Guest)
- Virtually Famous, BBC3, 2014 (Guest)
- 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Channel 4, 2014 (Guest)
- Live At The Apollo, BBC1, 2014 (Stand-Up)
- The Assets, ABC America, 2014 (Role of Kara Jensen – 1 ep)
- Fit CBBC, 2013 (Various – 9 eps)
- Sweat The Small Stuff, BBC3, 2013 (Guest)
- Monumental, BBC NI, 2013 (Guest)
- Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC3, 2013 (Stand-Up)
- Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy, BBC3, 2013 (Stand-Up)
- Don’t Sit In The Front Row, Sky Atlantic, 2013 (Guest)
- The Town, ITV, 2012 (Role of Carly – 3 eps)
- Trivia, RTE, 2012 (Role of Ruth – 6 eps)
- In With The Flynns, BBC1, 2012 (Role of Naimah – 1 ep)
- Fit, CBBC, 2012 (Various – 9 eps)
- Dead Boss, BBC3, 2012 (Role of Laura – 6 eps)
- Cardinal Burns, Channel 4, 2011, 2012 (Role of Sally – 5 eps)
- The Savage Eye III, RTE, 2009-2011 (Various – 3 eps)
- Holby City, BBC, 2011 (Role of Amelia Warner – 1 ep)
- Lewis, ITV, 2011 (Role of Hotel Receptionist – 1 ep)
- Come Fly With Me, BBC1, 2011 (Role of Mary O’Mara – 1 ep)
- Freedom, BBC, 2010 (Role of Aisling)
- LOL, BBC NI, 2010 (Various – 1 ep)
- Inn mates, BBC3, 2010 (Role of Elf – 1 ep)
- Roy, RTE/CBBC, 2009 (Role of Ticket Girl – 1 ep)
- We Are Klang, BBC, 2009 (Role of Inspector – 1 ep)
- Fair City, RTE, 2009 (Role of Cliodhna Norris – 3 eps)
- This Way Up (Creator)
- Love, Wedding, Repeat (Role of Rebecca – Notorious Pictures, Tempo Productions, 2019)
Online & Digital:
- Guilty Feminist, Podcast, 2018-2019 (Co-Host)
- The Comedy Line Up, Netflix, 2018 (Stand-Up)
- Griefcast, Podcast, 2018 (Guest)
- Do The Right Thing, Podcast, 2018 (Guest)
- What is Normal? BBC Radio 2, 2018 (Guest)
- It’s Not What You Know, BBC Radio 4, 2016 (Guest)
- The Unbelievable Truth, BBC Radio 4, 2015, 2016 (Guest)
- Irish Micks and Legends, BBC Radio 4, 2013, 2015 (Writer/Performer)
- Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4, 2014 (Guest)
- Sabotage, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2014 (Stand-Up)
- Josh Widdicombe Show, XFM, 2014 (Guest)
A masterclass in high-impact entertainment.
Evening Standard ★★★★★
An hour of high-energy comedy that is puppyishly irresistible.
The Independent ★★★★★
Certainly lives up to the hype… brilliant material. ★★★★
A born comedian
Steve Bennett, Chortle ★★★★
A physical show and at times beautifully deranged…[Bea has] utter charm that’s not all down to the Irish accent.
The Herald ★★★★
The opinions and convictions Bea smuggles into her set […] suggest a comic who’ll have meaningful things to say once she’s proven, to everyone’s satisfaction, that she’s got being funny in the bag. On which point: job done.
The Guardian ★★★★
A caustic, sarcastic yet hugely loveable second Fringe hour from the Irish jester.
The List ★★★★
Aisling Bea: unstoppable confidence in bubbly, charismatic show of escapist fantasies…I’m more than happy to be in her fan club.
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard ★★★★
She returns with another high-energy hour of clowning about and rapid-fire delivery mixed with some astute political observation.
The Arts Desk ★★★★★
Praise for This Way Up
A series as fiercely realistic as it is funny as it is… well, everything.
The Guardian ★★★★★
Sharp and well observed, probing the fault lines between small talk and real problems.
The Independent ★★★★
This is a comedy about mental health that deftly preys on your fears and pricks your sympathies. At the same time there was a gratifyingly high gag rate.
The Telegraph ★★★★
If you can’t don't have time to watch a scary film but want to get a quick hit of that thrilling feeling, why not stare yourself straight in the mirror while you floss your teeth. There, my friend, you will find the cold eyes of a murderer who will follow you your whole life.