Aisling Bea is a comic actress, comedienne, and writer. The Irish actress was born Aisling (pronounced Ashling) Cliodhnadh O’Sullivan and began her career in 1989 with her appearance in Fair City. In 2012, she was cast in the sitcoms Cardinal Burns and Dead Boss. She originally wanted to be a drama actress but everything in her path to success seemed to push her towards comedy, so she decided to give stand up comedy a try. That decision was a terrific idea because her stand up career has seen her win the Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She began her own show in 2013 titled C’est La Bea.
The comedienne has equally had a successful run for her acting career and has starred in a couple of other sitcoms such as Trollied, The Delivery Man and crime dramas such as Hard Sun, The Fall and so on. She has appeared on many panel shows such as QI!, 8 Cats out of 10, Insert Name Here, Taskmaster among others. She wrote This Way Up, a television series airing on Channel 4 since August 8, 2019. Below are 10 of her movies ranked from best to worst.
The Best And Worst of Aisling Bea’s Movies and TV Shows
This Way Up (2019 -)
In addition to being a splendid actress, Aisling Bea is also an outstanding writer. She wrote and co-starred in This Way Up, a British comedy-drama. This sitcom marks the first film Bea has written and it has currently run for one season containing 6 episodes. Its executive producer is Sharon Horgan who is also an Irish actress and comedienne. Sharon appears in this series as Bea’s protective elder sister, Shona.
The series revolves around the adventures of a young Irish Catholic teacher residing in London. Aisling Bea took the role of Aine single lady who suffers a nervous breakdown. The series also stars Tobias Menzies and Aasif Mandvi and has received positive reviews so far from both critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, 22 critics scored the series 92% while the audience gave an approval rating of 100%.
State of the Union (2019 -)
Another 2019 series making the rounds in British Comedy is State of the Union. It is regarded as one of the best series Aisling Bea has ever appeared in due to its profound success. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is a clever and beautifully acted piece. State of the Union was written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears. It stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd as its main characters.
This British comedy is about a couple who are estranged and on each episode attend a marriage counseling session. The humor is not in the sessions but how they prepare for them; before each session, they meet at a bar to go over their stories on how they met, what kept them together and what has and is creating a void in their relationship. The series, though humorous, attempts to discuss contemporary relationship issues.
For their performances in this series, both Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd were rewarded with Primetime Emmy Awards. The series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. The series has also enjoyed positive reviews and ratings so far. On Metacritic, it has an approval rating of 76% and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fall (2013 – 2016)
The Fall is a British-Irish crime series that has recorded huge successes universally. It was shot in Northern Ireland and first aired on RTÉ One in Ireland and BBC Two in the UK. It was written and created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. It ran from 13 May 2013 to 28 October 2016. This crime series is centered on the double life of PAul Specter who hides in plain sight as a husband and father but is also a serial killer of professional women in Belfast.
Starring alongside Aisling Bea is Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Laura Donnelly, Bronagh Waugh, Ben Peel, Michael McElhatton, Niamh McGrady, and Frank McCusker. The apt performances of its cast and incredible plot development earned the series a lot of award nominations and wins too. It also recorded impressive ratings with seasons one and two garnering an approval rating of 100% while its season 3 was rated 71%. The movies’ average critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes was 84% while its average audience approval rating was 87%.
Plebs (2013 -)
Plebs started airing on 25 March 2013 on ITV2 and has five seasons so far. It is a comedy show with a story told from an ancient angle. It was produced by Tom Basden, Caroline Leddy, Sam Leifer, and Teddy Leifer and stars Tom Rosenthal, Jonathan Pointing, Joel Fry, Ryan Sampson, Tom Basden, and Doon Mackichan.
This Aisling Bea movie is about three men looking for girlfriends, trying to secure jobs and also seeking to climb the social ladder in the great City of Rome. The title Plebs originates from the Roman class of common people in Rome – the masses and the alternative to patricians. Plebs wasn’t one of Bea’s very successful films, nevertheless, it is doing very good. The average ratings for all the seasons released to date is 8.1/10 on IMDb.
Gap Year (2017)
Gap Year is yet another British hilarious comedy. This comedy strip started airing on E4 on 23 February 2017. Tom Basden, Jamie Campbell, and Joel Wilson try to create a series that is dramatic as well as funny. Gap Year has had only 1 season containing 8 episodes so far. It stars new, upcoming and already known actors such as Ade Oyefeso, Anders Hayward, Tim Key, Alice Lee, and Brittney Wilson. Aisling appeared as Kendra in two episodes of the show.
Gap Year hasn’t won any known awards but its audience and critics reception has been mostly positive. On iMDb, it was rated 7/10.
Damned (2016 – 2018)
The Children’s Services social workers at Elm Heath council are damned as they are faced with a lot of challenges in their day to day activities. The government is cutting funds while most of the staff are unavailable due to incessant stress-related sick leave because of the increasing clientele. The British sitcom began airing on 27 September 2016, when it premiered on Channel 4. It ran for two seasons and ended on 21 March 2018.
Aisling Bea played the character of Anne-Marie in an episode of the series in 2016. She starred alongside Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Himesh Patel, Isy Suttie, and Morwenna Banks. Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks worked together to create this entertaining comedy show. Its online rating includes the 7/10 score on IMDb.
This is one of the longest-running series Aisling Bea has appeared in, if not the longest. This series lasted for 7 years and was made into 7 series with 71 episodes. Trollied is a fairly realistic comedy show filmed in a shop. All the episodes are based on customer, seller and manager interaction within an imaginary supermarket. Trollied was the creative effort of a lot of people. Some of them are Anne Marie O’Connor, Paul Doolan and Ash Atalla (creators) and Paul Doolan, Chris Haywood, Anne Marie O’Connor, Nat Saunders, Julie Rutterford, Ben Edwards and Stuart Farrell.
Its ensemble cast includes Jason Watkins, Chanel Cresswell, Carl Rice, Beverly Rudd, Rita May, Faye McKeever, Lorraine Cheshire, and Dominic Coleman. The series was met with average and mixed reactions; while some critics thought it funny, others found it to be ‘lazy’. The audience ratings on iMDb were above average -it had an approval rating of 7.3/10.
Hard Sun (2018)
Neil Cross’s Hard Sun is a crime drama but not a very good one. According to critics, the film is full of clichés that pull it down to a muddled mess which translated to low ratings. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics rated the series 48% while Metacritic awarded the film series a 46% rating. Hard Sun premiered on BBC One on 6 January 2018 and featured Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Owain Arthur, Lorraine Burroughs, and Richard Coyle.
The movie is a pre-apocalyptic film centered on two police officers who find out the world will be destroyed in 5 years by a cosmic event. It turns out the government has known about this all along but wants to keep it a secret to prevent worldwide chaos. They will also do anything to keep it a secret, hence the lives of the officers are in grave danger.
I Feel Bad (2018 -)
Every wife and mother tries to be the best that she can be and sometimes she fails or rather has some setbacks. I Feel Bad is an attempt to portray the ups and downs that a mother, boss, wife, friend, and daughter faces daily in a hilarious way. Unfortunately, despite the pedigree of this show, it turns out not to be as funny as it was expected to be. This would explain the poor critical ratings it has recorded.
The show as written by Aseem Batra was based on a book titled I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything by Orli Auslander.
On Rotten Tomatoes, its critical approval rating was 31% indicating failure while the audience, on the other hand, rated it a little above average 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.7/10 on IMDb.
The Trap (2015)
The Trap is a British comedy horror movie that stars Alexander Kirk, Felicity Wren, James Wren and so on. It was directed by Fergus March who also wrote the movie alongside Alan Freestone and James Wren. The movie is about a trap set by a psychotic man who enjoys watching people die in gruesome ways. When some people invade his home to make away with valuables, they discover this insane truth and are caught in the trap. On IMDb, the approval rating was 4.8/10.