Sophie Willan

Sophie Willan
BBC CAROLINE AHERNE BURSARY WINNER 2018
SKY ARTS SOUTHBANK AWARDS BEST BREAKTHROUGH NOMINEE 2018
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS BEST SHOW NOMINEE 2017
HERALD ANGEL AWARD WINNER 2017
BBC NEW TALENT HOT LIST 2017
CHORTLE NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2017
★★★★★"One of the best I’ve ever seen at the Fringe at any time in the last two decades"The New European
★★★★★"Who runs the world? On this form, it definitely should be Sophie Willan"The Herald
★★★★"Frank and extremely funny"Evening Standard
★★★★"It is the precision of her writing and nuanced outlook that helps define the first-rate comedian she is becoming"The Skinny
★★★★"Undeniably on the rise"The Scotsman

Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie’s stand up takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, which makes for a razor sharp and totally authentic comic voice. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.

In 2015 powerhouse Sophie Willan’s refreshing comic style took her to several competition finals including the Magners New Comedian of the Year, where she was crowned the winner. She later secured funding of over £100k to create the dynamic multi-platform literary project Stories of Care, creating and curating short stories written by fellow care leavers. In 2016 she took her debut stand up show On Record, based on her experiences of growing up in and out of the care system, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A total sell out run and phenomenal critical acclaim followed with in smash hit nationwide tour in 2017, including 10 dates at London’s Soho Theatre and a commission to adapt the show into a BBC Radio 4 series, with a second series green light following quickly after. 

Sophie’s second show Branded was one of the big hits of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, achieving a total sell out run, a Herald Angel Award and a nomination for Best Show. 

Sophie has since become the voice of Channel 4’s The Circle and appeared on the likes of Still Open All Hours (BBC One), Click and Collect (BBC One), Class Dismissed (CBBC), Live from The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) As Yet Untitled (Dave) and The Last Leg Correspondents (C4). 

She has also been nominated as a Chortle Best Newcomer, honoured on the BBC New Talent Hot List and became the recipient of the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Comedy Bursary and a Southbank Best Breakthrough Nominee. 

2020 is set to be another stellar year with the launch of her BBC Two sitcom pilot Alma’s Not Normal.