Aisling Bea

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 16 March 1984, Kildare, Ireland. 

Aisling Bea attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). After graduating, she began her career in acting, appearing in various stage productions, including the critically acclaimed play “The Town” at the Royal Court Theatre.

However, it was Bea’s foray into the world of comedy that truly catapulted her into the spotlight. Drawing from her own experiences and observations, she crafted a unique comedic style that resonated with audiences. Bea’s sharp wit, infectious energy, and ability to find humour in the mundane have made her a favourite among comedy enthusiasts.

In 2012, Bea won the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a platform that has launched the careers of many renowned comedians. This victory served as a turning point in her career, opening doors to numerous opportunities.

Since then, Bea has appeared in popular television shows such as “The Fall,” “Hard Sun,” and “Living with Yourself,” showcasing her versatility as an actress. Bea’s talent extends beyond acting; she has also written and starred in her own comedy series, “This Way Up,” which received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of mental health and relationships.

Beyond her acting and writing endeavors, Bea is a regular panelist on comedy panel shows like “8 Out of 10 Cats” and “QI,” where her quick wit and infectious laughter have made her a fan favourite. She has also made appearances on popular talk shows, including “The Graham Norton Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” further cementing her status as a comedic force to be reckoned with.

Aisling Bea’s success in the comedy industry is a testament to her dedication and hard work. She fearlessly tackles topics ranging from social issues to personal experiences, using her platform to shed light on important matters while making audiences laugh.


Suggested viewing


This Way Up (2019)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

“This Way Up” is a critically acclaimed comedy-drama series created by Aisling Bea. The show follows the life of Aine, a witty and charming English-as-a-second-language teacher, as she navigates her way through personal struggles, mental health issues, and the ups and downs of adult life in London.

Top cast: Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, Indira Varma, Kadiff Kirwan, Ricky Grover, Pik-Sen Lim.


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