Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea

Aisling Bea

  • 40 years old
  • Irish
  • Actor, writer and stand-up comedian
Aisling Bea

Aisling Cliodhnadh O'Sullivan, known professionally as Aisling Bea, is an Irish actress, stand-up comedian, executive producer, and writer, known for a dynamic, heartfelt style of live humour. A team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (2016-2017) and a cast member on Taskmaster (2017), in 2019 she wrote and starred in her own sitcom, This Way Up, about an Irish Catholic woman living in London who suffers a nervous breakdown.

Year Production Role
2024 Avoidance - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Megan
2024 QI - Series U
  1. E2 - Upside-down
  2. Special - QI VG: Part I
  3. Special - QI VG: Part II
Guest
2024 Swede Caroline Detective
2023 Late Night Lycett - It's Christmas!
  1. It's Christmas!
Guest
2023 Just For Laughs London Self
2023 Just For Laughs London Self
2023 The Last Leg - Series 27
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2023 The National Comedy Awards - 2023
  1. 2023
Self
2023 And Mrs Brand New Gemma
2023 Smothered Gillian
2022 QI - Series T
  1. Special - Toys, Tinsel, And Turkeys
  2. Special - VG: Part I
Guest
2022 The Big Narstie Show - Series 5
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2022 Laughterama Self
2022 Latitude Self
2022 Bristol Comedy Garden Self
2022 The National Comedy Awards - 2022 Self
2022 QI - Series S
  1. E6 - Sensational
  2. Special - VG: Part I
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2022 Chivalry
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
Tatiana
2021 Have I Got News For You - Series 62
  1. Special - Have I Got 2021 For You
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2021 The Last Leg - Series 23
  1. Special - The Last Leg Of The Year
Guest
2021 One Night In...
  1. E2 - The Natural History Museum
Guest
2021 Be Uncertain Sam
2021 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 18
  1. E3 - Michael McIntyre, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Aisling Bea, Rob Delaney, Ed Sheeran, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds
Guest
2021 The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2021 Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2021 This Way Up - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E6 - Episode Six
Edit Director
2021 St Albans Comedy Garden Self
2021 This Way Up - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Executive Producer
2021 This Way Up - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
2021 This Way Up - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Aine
2021 Brighton Comedy Garden Self
2021 The Last Leg - Series 22
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2021 Have I Got News For You - Series 61
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Host / Presenter
2021 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 17
  1. E7 - David Walliams, Aisling Bea, Bree Runway, Noel Gallagher
Guest
2021 The Jonathan Ross Show - Special Guests
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2020 Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure Self
2020 Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas Mrs Snitch
2020 The Last Leg - Series 20
  1. Special - The Last Leg Of The Year
Self
2020 The Last Leg - Series 20
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2020 Guessable? - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2020 The Graham Norton Show - Series 28
  1. E20 - Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Orlando Bloom, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aisling Bea, Silk City, Ellie Goulding
Guest
2020 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 4
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E5 - Episode Five
  5. E6 - Episode Six
  6. E7 - Episode Seven
  7. E8 - Episode Eight
  8. E9 - US Election Special
  9. E11 - Episode Eleven
  10. E12 - Episode Twelve
  11. E13 - Episode Thirteen
  12. Special - Goodbye 2020
Self
2020 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 19 (Channel 4: Series 20)
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2020 QI - Series R
  1. E1 - Rude
  2. E3 - Road And Rail
  3. Special - Highlights Special
  4. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2020 The Ranganation - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
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2020 The Last Leg - The Last Leg: Locked Down Under
  1. E2 - Episode Two
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2020 Love Wedding Repeat Rebecca
2020 The Last Leg - Series 19
  1. Special - Brexit Special
Guest
2020 Love Wedding Repeat Rebecca
2019 The Last Leg - Series 18
  1. Special - The Last Leg Of The Year
Self
2019 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 3
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. Special - Best Of 2019
Self
2019 The Last Leg - Series 18
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2019 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 15
  1. E8 - Trevor McDonald, Peter Crouch, Jourdan Dunn, Aisling Bea, John Newman, Nina Nesbitt
Guest
2019 State Of The Union - Series 1
  1. E4 - Plaster Cast
Anna
2019 QI - Series Q
  1. E3 - Quarrels
  2. E12 - Quagmire
  3. E16 - Quads And Quins
  4. Special - Highlights Special
  5. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2019 This Way Up - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Executive Producer
2019 This Way Up - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
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  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
2019 This Way Up - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Aine
2019 The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2019 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 21
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  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
  3. Special - Best Bits, Part 1
  4. Special - Best Bits, Part 2
Team Captain
2019 The Last Leg - Series 16
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2019 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 16 (Channel 4: Series 17)
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2018 QI - Series P
  1. E2 - Peril
  2. E12 - Procrastination
  3. Special - Highlights Special
  4. Special - Highlights Special
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2018 The Last Leg - Series 14
  1. E3 - Episode Three
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2018 Live At The Apollo - All Girls Live At The Apollo
  1. Special - Part 2
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2018 What's Normal? Host / Presenter
2018 Plebs - Series 4
  1. E4 - The Satirist
Minerva
2018 James Acaster: Repertoire
  1. E3 - Reset
Announcer
2018 Insert Name Here - Series 3
  1. E8 - Jack
Guest
2018 Dry January with a Big Game Hunter Aisling
2017 QI - Series O
  1. E3 - Oceans
  2. E12 - The Occult
  3. Special - Highlights Special
  4. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2017 Taskmaster - Series 5
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  1. E1 - Dignity Intact
  2. E2 - The Leprechaun Or The Lesbian
  3. E3 - Phoenix
  4. E4 - Residue Around The Hoof
  5. E5 - A Wind-Dried Puffin
  6. E6 - Spoony Neeson
  7. E7 - Boing Boing
  8. E8 - Their Water's So Delicious
Self
2017 Duck Quacks Don't Echo - Series 6
  1. E1 - Episode One
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2017 The Last Leg - Series 11
  1. E12 - Episode Twelve
Guest
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11
  1. Special - Re-United Kingdom
Self
2017 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 20
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
  11. Special - Best Bits
  12. Special - More Best Bits
Team Captain
2017 Our Friend Victoria
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  1. E1 - Age
  2. E2 - People
Self
2017 The Last Leg - Series 10
  1. E11 - Episode Eleven
Guest
2017 Drunk History - Series 3
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guinevere
2017 Gap Year
  1. E1 - China: The Wall
  2. E2 - China: The Wedding
Kendra
2017 Bullet To The Heart Writer
2017 Bullet To The Heart Jane
2017 The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything - 2017 Special
  1. New Year Special
Guest
2016 The Last Leg - Series 9
  1. Special - Christmas Special
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2016 The Girl Who Has Never Laughed Therapist
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 19
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. Special - Christmas Special
  8. Special - New Year Special
  9. E7 - Episode Seven
  10. E8 - Episode Eight
  11. Special - Best Bits
  12. Special - More Best Bits
Team Captain
2016 QI - Series N
  1. E3 - Nosey Noisy
  2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 15
  3. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 16
Guest
2016 A League Of Their Own - Series 11
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2016 It's Not What You Know - Series 4
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2016 Damned - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Anne-Marie
2016 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 11
  1. E1 - Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Aisling Bea, Tom Odell, Team GB
Guest
2016 The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2016
Guest
2016 Don't Make Me Laugh - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2016 Very British Problems - Series 2
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  1. E1 - School
  2. E2 - Friends
  3. E3 - Holidays
Self
2016 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 16
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 8 (Channel 4: Series 9)
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2016 Insert Name Here - Series 1
  1. E4 - Jo
Guest
2016 A League Of Their Own - Series 10
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. Special - Unseen
  3. Special - Best Bits
Guest
2016 Room 101 - Series 5
  1. E1 - Aisling Bea, David Tennant, Trevor McDonald
  2. Special - Best Of Series 5
Guest
2015 Nish Kumar's Christmas Actor
2015 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 3
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. Special - Out-takes
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2015 Trollied - Series 5
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Charlie
2015 QI - Series M
  1. E5 - Maths
  2. E7 - Middle Muddle
  3. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 13
  4. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 14
Guest
2015 Duck Quacks Don't Echo - Series 3
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. Special - Best Of
Guest
2015 Very British Problems - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Other People
  2. E2 - Out And About
  3. E3 - Feelings And Emotions
Self
2015 The Wrestling Self
2015 Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Gala Self
2015 Aisling Bea: Plan Bea Self
2015 A League Of Their Own - Series 9
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. Special - Best Of - Vol 1
  3. Special - Best Of - Vol 2
  4. Special - Unseen - Vol 1
  5. Special - Unseen - Vol 2
Guest
2015 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2015
Guest
2015 Celebrity Squares - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2015 Channel 4's Alternative Election Night - Channel 4's Alternative Election Night 2015
  1. Channel 4's Alternative Election Night 2015
Self
2015 The Delivery Man
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  1. E1 - Youth
  2. E2 - Truth
  3. E3 - Prisoner
  4. E4 - Celebrity
  5. E5 - Foundling
  6. E6 - Theft
Lisa
2015 Jack Dee's HelpDesk - Jack Dee's Election HelpDesk
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2015 Listomania - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
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2015 Irish Micks And Legends - Series 2
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  1. E1 - St Bridget Of The Curragh
  2. E2 - King Larry Long Ears
  3. E3 - Diarmuid And Grainne
  4. E4 - Cuchulainn And The Hound
Writer
2015 Irish Micks And Legends - Series 2
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  1. E1 - St Bridget Of The Curragh
  2. E2 - King Larry Long Ears
  3. E3 - Diarmuid And Grainne
  4. E4 - Cuchulainn And The Hound
Host / Presenter
2015 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 5 (Channel 4: Series 6)
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2015 Would I Lie To You? - Series 8
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2014 Live At The Apollo - Series 10
  1. E3 - Frankie Boyle, Simon Evans, Aisling Bea
Guest
2014 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E1 - Nominations Show 2014
  2. E2 - British Comedy Awards 2014
  3. E3 - British Comedy Awards: Even More Awards
Self
2014 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 28
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. Special - The Series That Changed The World
Guest
2014 Trollied - Series 4
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E4 - Episode Four
  4. E5 - Episode Five
  5. E6 - Episode Six
  6. E7 - Episode Seven
  7. E8 - Episode Eight
Charlie
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 18
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. Special - Best Bits
Guest
2014 The Sunny Emma
2014 Celebrity Squares - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2014 QI - Series L
  1. E2 - Location, Location, Location
  2. E8 - Lovely
  3. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 11
  4. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 12
Guest
2014 Vodka Diaries Nic
2014 Virtually Famous - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2014 Stand Up For Shelter Self
2014 Don't Make Me Laugh - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Damned - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Anne-Marie
2014 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2014
Guest
2014 The Architects - Series 1
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  1. E1 - What's The Point?
  2. E2 - Fracking Hell
  3. E3 - Mad Helene
  4. E4 - Multi-Faith
Hayley
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 17
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E6 - Episode Six
  3. Special - Best Bits
  4. Special - Jimmy, Sean & Jon's Best Bits
Guest
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 2 (Channel 4: Series 3)
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2013 Sabotage - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2013 Shambles - Series 1
  1. E4 - Pizzagate
Self
2013 Sweat The Small Stuff - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2013 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 16
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. Special - Best Bits
Guest
2013 Don't Sit In The Front Row - Series 2
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2013 Fresh From The Fringe - 2013
  1. Fresh From The Fringe: 2013
Guest
2013 Seann Walsh's Late Night Comedy Spectacular - 2013
  1. Episode One
Guest
2013 Comic Fringes - Series 9
  1. E2 - Kill Dilly
Writer
2013 Comic Fringes - Series 9
  1. E2 - Kill Dilly
Narrator
2013 Bad Language
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2013 Aisling Bea: C'est La Bea Self
2013 Quick Cuts
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Customer
2013 The Guessing Game - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
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2013 Fit
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  1. E1 - Episode One
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  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Various
2012 Irish Micks And Legends - Series 1
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  1. E1 - The Salmon Of Knowledge
  2. E2 - Tir Na Nog
  3. E3 - Deirdre Of Sorrows
  4. E4 - Children Of Lir
Writer
2012 Irish Micks And Legends - Series 1
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  1. E1 - The Salmon Of Knowledge
  2. E2 - Tir Na Nog
  3. E3 - Deirdre Of Sorrows
  4. E4 - Children Of Lir
Host / Presenter
2012 In With The Flynns - Series 2
  1. E3 - Life Is Sweat
Niamah
2012 The Intervention Self
2012 Dead Boss
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Laura
2012 Cardinal Burns - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E5 - Episode Five
  5. E6 - Episode Six
Ensemble Actor
2010 Come Fly With Me
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Mary O'Mara
2010 Freedom Aisling
2010 The Inn Mates Elf
2009 Roy - Series 1
  1. E9 - Roy Goes To The Movies
Ticket Girl
2009 We Are Klang
  1. E3 - Inspection
Inspector
1988 Comic Relief
  1. E17 - Comic Relief 2019
Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Aisling Bea on IMDb

Born
Friday 16th March 1984 (40 years-old)
Birth name
Aisling O'Sullivan
Nationality
Irish
Sister
Sinead O'Sullivan

Born and raised outside Kildare town in County Kildare, Aisling Bea began her carer as a tour guide at the Irish National Stud, but knew from a young age that she would not dedicate her professional life to the racing industry. Her father, Brian, was an equine vet who took his own life, a fact that Bea was told only at the age of thirteen. She adopted the name 'Bea' as a tribute to him, and in 2017 wrote an article for The Guardian about her family's experience of suicide.

Following several appearances on sitcoms and television dramas from 2009, Bea began her comedy career in stand-up in 2011. A rapid rise through the ranks saw her feature in myriad sketch comedy shows and sitcoms, and she was awarded a prize at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. This led to many bookings on British panel shows.

Educated at a Catholic convent school and later at Trinity College, Dublin, where she read French and philosophy and also joined a student sketch comedy group, she then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

After graduating from drama school, Bea found work as a dramatic actress in the comedy television series Cardinal Burns and Dead Boss, and tried her hand at stand-up comedy, eventually winning the Gilded Balloon So You Think You're Funny away at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012. The year after, she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her show C'est La Bea.

This success led to regular appearances on panel shows such as QI and Insert Name Here. Next, Bea collaborated with fellow comic Yasmine Akram to co-write the BBC Radio 4 comedy folklore series Micks And Legends, which was nominated for a Chortle Award in 2013. Bea won the 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic and returned to Edinburgh the year later with her live show Plan Bea. From 2016 to 2017 she was team captain on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and in 2017 she was a cast member on Dave's Taskmaster.

Alongside appearances in the crime dramas The Fall and Hard Sun, she has featured in several TV sitcoms including Trollied and The Delivery Man. In 2018 she co-hosted a comedy chat show on BBC Radio 2 entitled What's Norman?, and in 2019 co-starred with American actor Paul Rudd in the Netflix series Living With Yourself.

Also in 2019 she wrote and starred in her own comedy-drama on Channel 4 entitled This Way Up, which she executive produced alongside Sharon Horgan. Starring Bea in the protagonist's role, it follows a young single Irish Catholic woman living in London who suffers a nervous breakdown, but tries to put on a brave face for her older sister, played by Horgan.

NME Awards 2022
Best TV Actor (Winner)
BAFTA Television Awards 2022
Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme (Nominee)
National Comedy Awards, The 2021
Outstanding Comedy Actress (Longlisted)
C21 International Drama Awards 2021
Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Drama Series (Nominee)
BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2020
Breakthrough Talent (Winner)
Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020
Breakthrough Talent (Nominee)
RTS Awards 2020
Breakthrough Award (Nominee)
JOE Comedy Awards 2019
Television (Winner)
I Talk Telly Awards 2019
Best Comedy Partnership (Nominee)
British Comedy Awards 2014
Best Female TV Comic (Winner)
Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2013
Best Newcomer (Nominee)
So You Think You're Funny? 2012
Main Prize (Winner)

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