Biography

Who the hell IS this broad?

The main bits...

Aisling is a classically trained (LAMDA) actor, award winning stand-up, writer and solid guest at a dinner party. She has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, pretending to be other people and also pretending to be herself.

In December 2014, after just three and a half years of stand up, she won the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian.

As an actress, she most recently played the role of Kiera Sheridan in the acclaimed BBC/Netflix drama series The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson and Kendra in Tom Basden’s new show Gap Year, for E4. She is currently filming the new BBC/HULU drama Hard Sun from Luther creator Neil Cross, which will air in the UK and US in the Autumn of 2017. Her other credits include playing Charlie in two series of Sky 1’s Trollied, Lisa in Green Wing creator Victoria Pile’s prime time ITV/ Netflix series Delivery Man, Laura in Sharon Horgan’s show Dead Boss, now available on HULU in the US and The Damned, Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks’ new show for Channel 4..

As a writer, she has a script commission with Channel 4 and award winning Catastrophe star and writer, Sharon Horgan and her production company Merman. She also has various other film and TV writing projects in development.

In November 2016, she became the first ever female captain of the long running British panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats with Jimmy Carr. You may also have seen her regularly on Qi, Live At The Apollo, The O2 Comedy Gala, A League of Their Own, The Big Fat Quiz and The Jonathan Ross Show – all of which are on YouTube if you work freelance and need to pass time.

Wanna book her for anything – and I mean ANYTHING? Get in touch here.

Otherwise, she’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…all…day…long.

Not bored yet? I would be…

More info ABOUT "ACTING"?...

… Aisling has had a long career as an actress on stage and screen. She has a degree in classical acting from the prestigious LAMDA (London Academy of Dramatic Arts), where she trained as an actor, she’s brilliant at mime.

Although mostly known for comedy, she is also an experienced dramatic actress. She spent the winter of 2015 in Belfast filming the acclaimed BBC drama series The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson which aired in the UK in 2016 and is currently on Netflix in the US. She is very excited to join the cast of upcoming BBC/Hulu drama Hard Sun starring Jim Sturgess and Agnes Deyn. She also spent a month in Malaysia last year filming a lovely guest role in Gap Year,  Tom Basden’s new E4 comedy drama which came out this year.

She was a popular lead character in Sky 1 series Trollied, which she finished up on in July and was a lead character in ITV’s Delivery Man with Darren Boyd, made by Green Wing director Victoria Pile, available now on Netflix.

Her other acting credits include a mix of straight drama and comedy, TV and theatre. She played Carly in acclaimed ITV drama The Town with Andrew Scott and Martin Clunes, Laura in Sharon Horgan’s BBC sitcom Dead Boss, with Jennifer Saunders (now available to watch in the US on HULU), Sally in award winning E4 series Cardinal Burns, Nic in popular BBC Online show VODKA DIARIES  (still available to view on iPlayer), lead cast in the 13 part BAFTA nominated CBBC sketch show FIT, Ruth in Trivia (RTE), various characters in sketch show The Savage Eye (RTE) and Grainne in Tom Basden’s short Very Few Fish with Tim Key, available: here, American Cold War drama The Assets for ABC America, Jo Brand and Morwenna Bank’s The Damned on Channel 5, and two million pilots of TV shows that will never see the light of day. Check out her doing her thing on the videos page.

AND WHADDABOUT THIS "STAND-UP" SHTICK?...

In 2014 Aisling won a British Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up on TV.

Having been a working writer and actress for years, she gave stand-up  a go in 2011. Then 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. Just a 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). Her second show Plan Bea also received great reviews, sold out it’s entire run in the first three days of the fringe and had extra shows added due to demand.

She performs stand-up most weeks in London and around the world, from Montreal, to LA, to New York to Malaysia and all around the UK and Ireland. She has appeared on big TV shows like Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), has THRICE played the Channel 4 Comedy Gala filmed at the O2 in front of 16,000 people and was recently on The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV) with John Malkovich. She became the first female captain in 2016 on long running series 8 Out of Ten Cats (Ch4) and is a regular panelist on numerous TV shows in the UK including Qi (BBC1) 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), Channel 4’s live, nerve-wrecking 9 hour Alternative Live Election Show coverage with Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell (performing live and improvised material and also some sketches),  Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), Insert Name Here (BBC) and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC).

Aisling’s debut solo show was critically acclaimed across the board and received four and five star reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, The Evening Standard, Metro and Chortle. She toured it to The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Galway Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Machfest and it had a sell out run at The Soho Theatre at the end of January 2014.
Her second show Plan Bea also received great reviews, sold out it’s entire run in the first three days of 2015’s Edinburgh fringe and had extra shows added due to demand. 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 Podcast, 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, hosted by Richard Herring (BBC Radio 4), hosting Radio 1’s Live from The Edinburgh Fringe, Susan Calman’s show for BBC Radio 2, Listomania will be out in the Spring and she performed one on her own short stories Kill Dilly on Radio 4’s afternoon readings Comic Fringes. Her Radio 4 series Micks and Legends, which she co-wrote with Yasmine Akram, was nominated for a Chortle award and was given a second series which aired in February 2014.

Wanna see her clown about live? Check out her GIGS PAGE or for some of the unlisted ones, she posts about them on Twitter.

BUT CAN THIS BROAD "WRITE"?...

… Aisling can famously hold a pen and paper at the same time. She and Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan have a script commission together with Sharon’s new production company Merman Films and Channel 4 and she has a film in development with Chris O’Dowd and ArtCastle.

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.

SO any interesting BACKSTORIES?...

… 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 and 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. 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. Her sister Sinéad O’Sullivan works in costume for film and TV. They were both recently named “40 Irish Women Under 40 to watch out for” by Image Magazine. How they found out she was a woman, we will never know. 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