Aisling Bea is Best Known For Her award-winning stand-up routines. Playing the roles in various TV shows like Trollied, The Delivery Man, and The Fall.
Born Name: Aisling Cliodhnadh O’Sullivan
Occupation: Actress, Writer, Comedienne
Years active: 2009–present
Born: March 16, 1984, 37 years and 4 months, County Kildare, Ireland
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Hair Color: Dark Brown (Natural)
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 33-24-35 inches / 84-61-89 cm
Bra size: 33B
Aisling attended a Catholic convent school and then studied French and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. After that, she moved to London to study acting after graduating from Trinity College.
Then, Aisling finished a 2-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2008.
Father – Brian O’Sullivan (Veterinary Physician)
Mother – Helen (née Moloney) O’Sullivan (Teacher, Professional Jockey)
Siblings – Sinéad O’Sullivan (Sister) (Costume Designer)
Aisling Cliodhnadh O’Sullivan known professionally as Aisling Bea, is an Irish actress, stand up comedian and writer.
After appearing in bit parts in several Irish and British television series from 2009, she began her career as a stand-up comedian in 2011. By 2012, she was regularly appearing on sketch comedy shows and in sitcoms. After winning an award at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, she began to be booked regularly for various panel shows, where she has become a fixture. From 2016-2017, she was a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats, and is a frequent contestant on the spinoff 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In 2018, she co-starred with Amy Huberman on her Irish television series Finding Joy. In 2019 she was involved in two television series. She co-stars on the Netflix series Living with Yourself alongside American actor Paul Rudd, and appears in the Channel 4 series This Way Up, on which she is also the head writer.
Bea was born and raised outside Kildare town in County Kildare. Her father, Brian, was an equine vet who took his own life when Bea was three years old, though Bea was not told how he died. Bea and her younger sister, Sinéad, were raised by their mother, Helen (née Moloney), a secondary school teacher, jockey trainer, and former professional jockey.
Her family were “obsessed” with horses and race meetings and, during her young years, Bea worked as a tour guide at the Irish National Stud. However, she knew from a young age that she was not interested in the racing industry “as a career” and instead enjoyed performing.
Her grandfather was the Irish language novelist and poet Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; her great-aunt was the playwright Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin. Musician Liam O’Flynn was a family friend.
When Bea was thirteen, her mother revealed to her that her father had died by suicide. She adopted the stage name ‘Bea’ as a tribute to her father and wrote an article for The Guardian in 2017 about her family’s experience of suicide.
Bea was educated at a Catholic convent school and then studied French and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While there she was part of a student sketch comedy group. Bea then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
After drama school, Bea spent two years trying to get work in theatre as a dramatic actress.Instead, she found she was cast mainly in comedic television series including Cardinal Burns and Dead Boss (both 2012). While filming Dead Boss in 2011, Bea decided to try stand-up comedy.In 2012, she won the Gilded Balloon So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe] and, in 2013, was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her show C’est La Bea.
The exposure brought by these awards marked a “turning point” in Bea’s career and she began to appear as a regular guest on panel shows including QI and Insert Name Here. Bea and Yasmine Akram co-wrote and co-hosted the BBC Radio 4 comedy folklore series Micks and Legends (2012, 2015), it was nominated for a Chortle Award in 2013. Bea won the 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic and returned to Edinburgh in 2015 with the live show Plan Bea. In 2016, she became a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats and was a cast member on Taskmaster in 2017.
Bea has continued to act in television sitcoms including Trollied (2014–2015) and The Delivery Man (2015), and the crime dramas The Fall (2016) and Hard Sun (2018). In 2018, she and Sara Pascoe began to co-host the BBC Radio 2 comedy chat show What’s Normal?. She has recorded a 15-minute stand-up special that was aired on Netflix in late 2018.
In August 2018, Bea was cast to co-star with Paul Rudd in Netflix’s comedy series Living with Yourself. The series premiered on 18 October 2019.
In 2019, Bea wrote This Way Up, in which she starred as teacher Aine. It was produced by Sharon Horgan, who plays her older sister. The series premiered on Channel 4 on 8 August 2019.
Bea was a vocal supporter of the Repeal the 8th campaign in the successful 2018 Irish referendum to introduce legal abortion in the Republic of Ireland, including her contribution of an essay to Una Mullally’s Repeal the 8th a month before the vote. She previously campaigned for same-sex marriage legislation in the successful 2015 Irish referendum.
She is represented by –
Hannah Chambers, Writing, Stand-Up & Live Work, Chambers Management Ltd, London, UK
Livi Shean, Acting Agent, Independent Talent, London, England, UK
Rachel Rusch, U.S. Agent, CAA, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Emily Hargreaves, Press and Publicity Agent, Multitude Media, London, England, UK
She has appeared in the McDonald’s Ireland Eurosaver TV commercial.
First TV Show
Aisling made her first TV show appearance as Cliodhna Norris on the drama series Fair City in 2009.
Aisling Bea Favorites
Hobbies: Shopping, Writing Articles
Favorite Actor: Brad Pitt
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Favorite Food: Mexican Dishes
Favorite Destination: Norway, Paris & Kent
Favorite Color: Blue, Brown, Black
Aisling Bea Facts
She won Gilded Balloon So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012.
She got nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her show C’est La Bea in 2013.
Bea achieved a British Comedy Award in the category of Best Female TV Comic in 2014.
Aisling uses the surname “Bea” to honor her late father.
Aisling was 13 when her mother revealed that her father had committed suicide.
In 2017, Bea wrote an article for The Guardian which focussed on her family’s devastating experience of suicide.
She co-wrote and co-hosted the BBC Radio 4 comedy folklore series Micks and Legends (2012, 2015) with Irish actress and comedian Yasmine Akram.
In 2015, Bea supported same-sex marriage legislation during the Irish referendum.
She supported Repeal the 8th campaign to create awareness about the benefits of legal abortion in Ireland. She even wrote an essay to Una Mullally’s Repeal the 8th in 2018.
In 2017, Aisling became a cast member in the British game show Taskmaster.
Her website @ https://www.aislingbea.com