Irish star Aisling Bea speaks about finding success after ‘years of knock backs and failures’

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Irish star Aisling Bea has spoken about hitting the big time and revealed that her success has come on the back of years of hard work and rejections.

The Kildare comedian and actress is well known in Ireland and the UK and has become big news in the USA thanks to her 2019 starring role on Living With Yourself.

Bea earned rave reviews starring alongside Paul Rudd in the Netflix comedy drama.

Aisling Bea

She has also written and starred in the British Channel 4 series This Way Up, along with fellow Irish star Sharon Hogan.

Bea told chat host Jonathan Ross that This Way Up is the show that really means a lot to her.

She said: “That’s a show I wrote and I’m in with Sharon Horgan and that’s like my baby.

“It just shows you, this year in particular has been so crazy for work, everything came together but it’s been years of knock backs and failures in many ways.

“So many of us have Instagram accounts and Twitter accounts but we never put up the days where we’re feeling really sad and low and you’re eating spaghetti hoops out of a tin.”

Bea also revealed an unusual superstition that she maintains in order to make sure her shows are a success.

She said: “I have crystals in my bra right now, just in case. It’s a daily thing I suppose, it’s like what if they work?

“I’d always put them in my bra for a gig to make sure the gig would go well, rather than relying on work and craft.”


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