Aisling Loftus

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Aisling Loftus
Born (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 28)
Years active2000–present
Known forMr. Selfridge
War & Peace
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
A Discovery of Witches

Aisling Loftus (born 1 September 1990) is an English actress. Loftus is best known for portraying Agnes Towler on the ITV series Mr Selfridge and Sonya Rostova on the BBC historical period drama series War & Peace.

Early and personal life[edit]

Loftus was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of Irish parents, Paddy and Eileen Loftus; she has an older sister, Aoife.[1] She began acting at age nine at the Carlton Workshops, and later took her A-Levels at the Becket School in Nottingham. She played several small roles in television dramas and films, including This Is England.

In December 2018, Loftus married actor Jacob Anderson.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Loftus made her mainstream television debut in 2000, when she appeared in an episode of Peak Practice. Subsequently, Loftus has appeared in various television series, including Casualty, Doctors, The Bill, and in the ITV comedy drama The Fattest Man in Britain, starring Timothy Spall and Bobby Ball.[3]

In 2008 Loftus was described as a "star of tomorrow" in Screen International magazine.[4][5] She also appeared in Daniel Elliott’s short Jade, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.[3][6]

In 2010 Loftus starred in the BBC drama Five Daughters as murder victim Gemma Adams. In July of the same year she took the leading female role in another BBC drama, Dive, by BAFTA award winning Dominic Savage and Simon Stevens, in a cast that included Skins actor Jack O'Connell, Eddie Marsan, Gina McKee, Joseph Mawle and Ewen Bremner. Dive was critically acclaimed, Euan Ferguson of The Observer predicting that Aisling "Ash" Loftus will be a "phenomenon."[7]

Loftus played Leonie Fowler in the summer box office hit Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010[8] in London where she has received favourable reviews with Dominic Cavendish of The Daily Telegraph calling her "superb."[9] In February 2017, she played Joan in the fortieth anniversary production at Nottingham Playhouse of Touched by Stephen Lowe.[10]

In 2011 Loftus starred in a new BBC TV film version of The Borrowers broadcast on Boxing Day, as Arrietty. This was followed up in 2012 with roles in two BBC series : Jade in Public Enemies and Cassandra in Good Cop and in 2013 by the role of Agnes Towler in ITV's Mr. Selfridge. In 2016, she played Sonya Rostova in the BBC prime-time drama War & Peace.


Year Title Character Production Notes
2000 The Worst Witch ITV
2000 Peak Practice Abby Moffett ITV 1 episode
2001 A Fish Out of Water Angela BBC
2004 Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw Montague's Food Tester ITV 1 episode
2005 Doctors Emma Tyler BBC 1 episode
2006 This Is England Shane Meadows film Part was cut from the theatrical release
2006 Casualty Mellie Bennett BBC 1 episodes
2006 Blind Man's Alley Player 4 Tony Kelly short film
2008 The Bill Sophie Randall ITV 2 episodes
2008 Doctors Ellie Lowell BBC 1 episode
2008 Casualty Jo Balmayne BBC 1 episode
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Amy ITV One-off drama
2009 Jade Jade Daniel Elliot short film Won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Susie Jim Loach's first feature film
2010 Thorne: Sleepyhead Rachel Sky 1 3-part drama
2010 Dive Lindsey BBC 2-part drama
2010 Five Daughters Gemma Adams BBC 2 episodes
2011 Death of a Superhero Shelly Grand Pictures
2011 The Borrowers Arrietty Clock BBC
2011 Page Eight Melissa Legge BBC
2011 Case Histories Lily Rose/Tanya BBC 2 episodes
2012 Good Cop Cassandra BBC
2012 Public Enemies Jade BBC 2 episodes
2012 Little Crackers Maria Sky One 1 episode
2013–2015 Mr. Selfridge Agnes Towler/Leclair ITV
2016 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Charlotte
2016 War & Peace Sonya Rostova BBC 6 episodes
2016 Property of the State Ann Marie Kit Ryan film
2017 Broken PC Dawn Morris[11] BBC 3 episodes
2017 Midsomer Murders Tegan Langton ITV 1 episode[12]
2017 Gun Shy Marybeth
2018 A Discovery of Witches Sophie Norman Sky One 5 episodes


  1. ^ Radio Times, 3–9 July 2010
  2. ^ Instagram
  3. ^ a b Loftus profile on IMDb
  4. ^ "Loftus in This Is Nottingham". Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Loftus in the Television Workshop website". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  6. ^ 'Jade wins Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Short Film' on the UK Film Council website[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Ferguson, Euan (11 July 2010). "TV review: Dive; Identity; To Kill a Mockingbird at 50". The Guardian. London.
  8. ^ "Spur of the Moment".
  9. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (21 July 2010). "Spur of the Moment, Royal Court, review". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "IMDB Cast". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Meet the cast of Midsomer Murders". RadioTimes. Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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