Aisling is a classically trained LAMDA (London Academy of Dramatic Arts) actor, British Comedy Award winning stand-up, writer and solid guest at a dinner party. She’s also brilliant at mime and singing and dancing like everyone is watching. She has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, pretending to be other people and also pretending to be herself and writing about pretending to be people.
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Like life, her career has been a healthy mix of drama and comedy.
She has a lead part in new upcoming BBC/HULU drama Hard Sun from Luther creator Neil Cross, with Jim Sturgess and Agnes Deyn (airing in the UK and US in the January 2018). This year she gained acclaim for playing Nurse Kiera in BBC/Netflix drama series The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson and Kendra in Tom Basden’s E4 comedy Gap Year.
She also co-wrote and made a mini action movie in two days all on film called Bullet To The Heart with director Jon Drever and Brett Goldstein which they are very proud of and is doing the festival circuit.
Her other credits include popular series regular Charlie in Sky 1’s Trollied, Carly in ITV drama The Town with Andrew Scott and Martin Clunes, Lisa in Green Wing creator Victoria Pile’s ITV/ Netflix series Delivery Man, Laura in Sharon Horgan’s BBC sitcom Dead Boss, with Jennifer Saunders (now available to watch in the US on HULU).
Other credits include award winning E4 sketch series Cardinal Burns, American Cold War drama The Assets for ABC America, Jo Brand and Morwenna Bank’s The Damned for Channel 4, BBC Online show VODKA DIARIES , lead cast in the 13 part BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show FIT, Trivia (RTE), The Savage Eye (RTE), Come Fly With Me (BBC1) and two million pilots of TV shows that will never see the light of day. Check out her doing her thing on videos page including Tom Basden’s short Very Few Fish with Tim Key, available: here
Aisling has appeared on almost every TV panel show in the UK and in 2016 became the first ever female team captain of long running show 8 Out Of 10 Cats with Jimmy Carr. She is part of the 2017 cast of hit Dave show Taskmaster and is a regular on big shows like Qi (BBC1/ Netflix) with Stephen Fry and now the inimitable Sand Toksvig, 8 Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown (Ch4), James Corden’s A League of Their Own (Sky), The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (Ch4) and The Last Leg (Ch4).
Having been a working writer and actress for years, she gave stand-up a go in 2011. A year later, in what was a surprise to scientists everywhere, Aisling became the first woman in 20 years to win the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition for new stand-ups, then another year later, her debut solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, C’est La Bea sold out it’s entire run, received four and five star reviews across the board and she was nominated for the Foster’s Best Newcomer Award (formerly The Perrier Award). Then another year later in 2014, she won the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian. Her second Edinburgh hour in 2015, Plan Bea sold out it’s entire run in three days and had extra shows added due to demand.
Her other appearances have included Travel Man with Richard Ayoyade, Live At The Apollo (BBC1), The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), THRICE playing the Channel 4 Comedy Gala filmed at the O2 in front of 16,000 people, Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), Insert Name Here (BBC), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC) and Channel 4’s nerve-wrecking live 9 hour Alternative Live Election Show coverage with Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell (performing live and improvised material and also some sketches).
She has performed all over the world from LA to Malaysia and was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival this summer, 2017 and in 2012. Other festival appearances include Riot LA, Latitude and Electric Picnic.
In 2015, she also trained in real wrestling to take part in the one off spectacle The Wrestling, where comedians and real WWF wrestlers battled each other. It was her proudest moment. Her radio and podcast credits include Paul Scheer’s How Did This Get Made?, The Guilty Feminist, The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast, Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe, Clive Anderson’s The Guessing Game, (BBC Radio 4), David Baddiel’s Don’t Make Me Laugh (Radio 4), Bad Language, Radio 1’s Live from The Edinburgh Fringe and Listomania. She performed one on her own short stories Kill Dilly on Radio 4’s afternoon readings Comic Fringes and her Radio 4 series Micks and Legends, which she co-wrote with Yasmine Akram, was nominated for a Chortle award and given a second series which aired in February 2014.
… Aisling can famously hold a pen and paper at the same time. She and Emmy nominated Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan have a script commission together with Sharon’s new production company Merman Films and Channel 4. She has a film in development with Chris O’Dowd and ArtCastle amongst many other TV and film development projects,
She’s had script and treatment commissions for films and TV shows with Grand Pictures, Big Talk, Rough Cut and Citrus Productions and was recently developing a film with Red Dwarf and IT Crowd editor Andrew Ellard for the Irish Film Board which only just came out of development. She was a lead writer on BBC NI sketch show LOL, had a sitcom Desperate written with Brona C Titley in development at the BBC and her BBC Radio 4 series, with Yasmine Akram Irish Micks and Legends, had two Radio 4 series. She also sometimes script edits and writes short stories and poems and articles in her odd bit of spare time check out Miss Bea’s Wee Tales which she publishes online.
… Aisling’s name is pronounced ASH-LING BEE. She lives in London but is originally from “Ireland” – which is just to the left of London, if you are looking at it from a flying bird’s POV.
Aisling has a degree in French and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin and is a very active member of the London Irish community. She is a patron of the London Irish Centre for whom she has organised fundraising gigs like “The Big Dishgo” raising thousands of pounds for young Irish immigrants. She is an active campaigner for the Repeal the 8th Campaign for Abortion reform in Ireland and for ethical clothing and more transparency in the clothing industry. Her sister Sinead O’Sullivan has published a Costume Directory (@thecostumedirectory on Instagram) to raise awareness of more ethical clothing practices. Sinéad is a costume designer for film. They were both recently named “40 Irish Women Under 40 to watch out for” by Image Magazine. She is also a regular part of the London Irish St. Patrick’s day celebrations and comedy festivals and has given speeches for the London Irish Women’s Network and read poetry for the official Bloomsday Celebrations at the London Irish Embassy.
Her late grandfather Micheál O’Suilleabháin was a Gaelic novelist and poet (don’t get confused, there are two Micheals who wrote, she’s not related to the alive one), her grandaunt Siobháin Ní Shúilleabhain was a prolific Gaelic writer and dramatist and her mother Helen O’Sullivan (neé Moloney) is a retired professional flat-race jockey, whom she is very proud of. Aisling was also named Irish Tatler’s Entertainment Woman of the Year 2013 and was the cover girl for Image Magazine in March 2017. Aisling has now self indulgently mentioned her own name TWELVE TIMES and so feels the need to mention a charity she likes supporting. It’s name, I kid you not, is “Aisling- Return To Ireland“