Ireland-born Aisling Bea is a world-renowned stand-up comedian, actress, podcast guest, and event host.
Whilst growing up surrounded by horses, Aisling expressed her lack of interest in that lifestyle from a very young age and instead expressed a keen interest in performing. Now a household name, Aisling has appeared on popular comedy shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2014), QI (2014-2022), and 8 Out of 10 Cats (2016) – where she was team captain.
With over 1.7 million followers across social media platforms, Aisling is a fun and down-to-earth personality.
Engaging, hilarious, and passionate, Aisling is an entertaining after-dinner speaker, event or award host who will fill all audiences with laughter and joy.
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Aisling Bea’s love of performing came early, and she often participated in sketch comedy groups while at Dublin College. After graduating, she moved to London and completed a two-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Noticing her early roles were, more often than not, comedic, she tried stand-up and was an instant success, winning the Gilded Balloon So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival just one year after her debut comedy show.
Aisling has been a regular guest on television shows, including Would I Lie To You (2015), Taskmaster (2017), The Last Leg (2016-2023), RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (2022), Lorraine (2021), The Graham Norton Show (2021), Richard Osman’s House of Games (2020), The One Show (2019), The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C (2018), and Room 101 (2016).
She hasn’t completely disregarded her roots though and still acts in TV series, including Lewis (2011), Holby City (2011), Trollied (2014-2015), The Fall (2016), Gap Year (2017), The Roy Files (201), Quiz (2020), Doctor Who (2022), and This Way Up (2019-2021) – for which she won a BAFTA Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent thanks to her writing of the show.
Her comedy has seen her become a big hit, not just in Ireland and the UK, but across the pond in America. She has appeared on chat shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live (2022), Late Night with Seth Meyers (2019-2021), The Late Late Show with James Corden (2021), and The Kelly Clarkson Show (2021). Her acting profile is also rising in the States, with a Netflix special titled The Delivery Man, and a part in the Netflix series Living With Yourself (2019), starring alongside Marvel’s Paul Rudd.
Her talent doesn’t just lie in acting, though; she is the co-writer and co-host of the BBC Radio 4 show Micks and Legends, which won her a nomination for a prestigious Chortle Award, is the co-host of the BBC Radio 2 show What’s Normal, and is a script writer for TV shows and movies commissioned by Citrus Productions, Big Talk, and Grand Pictures.
Aisling is also a popular guest on podcasts, having appeared on Off The Menu, Comfort Eating with Grace Dent, Films to be Buried With, Griefcast with Cariad Lloyd, Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner, Talk Art, The Guilty Feminist, The Comedian’s Comedian, The Guilty Feminist, An Irishman Abroad, Girls With Goals, The Daily Zeitgeist, How Did This Get Made, Adulting, and Made of Human.
Aisling is a popular event host and keynote speaker. Her experience includes:
– Hosting the Lovie Awards at the Picturehouse Central
– Hosting the Social Enterprise Awards at Royal Horticultural Halls
– Hosting the Thinkbox TV Planning Awards at One Marylebone
– Hosting a Ladies’ Evening in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland at Leopardstown
– Producing an after-dinner set for the Delta Rail Christmas Party
The standout was Aisling Bea’s set… combining high-quality routines about Covid, Ireland and Jesus in an irresistible goofball package
Guardian (Top 10 Shows Of 2020 – Number 2)
A masterclass in high-impact entertainment.
An hour of high-energy comedy that is puppyishly irresistible.
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 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.
A caustic, sarcastic yet hugely loveable second Fringe hour from the Irish jester.
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
TV so good it’s indistinguishable from magic.