Aisling Bea

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Aisling Bea
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Bea on stage during the Wikimania 2014
Born Aisling O'Sullivan
(1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 32)
County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actress, writer, comedian
Years active 2002–present
Website Official website

Aisling Bea (/ˌæʃlɪŋ ˈb/; born Aisling O'Sullivan[1] on 16 March 1984[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[edit]

Bea was born in County Kildare, Ireland, to Brian and Helen O'Sullivan (née Moloney), 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]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Richard (18 July 2014). "Funny woman, Aisling Bea, is of good stock". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Aisling Bea on Instagram: "Wow. I feel like a princess."". 16 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Five Essentials: Actor". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Aisling Bea Official Site". Retrieved 15 January 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 18 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Jarlath Regan (19 September 2015). "Aisling Bea". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (105 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Aisling Bea wins So You Think You're Funny". BBC News. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Duffy, Claire. "Aisling Bea is nominated for Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Award". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 

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