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

Sharp, eccentric and provocative – Willan has fast become one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

This multi-award winning comedian has become known for intertwining personal and political narrative effortlessly. Her work is complex, thoughtful and meticulously structured – but above all, she is perpetually funny, completely original and full of blunt, Boltonian charm.

Her hugely acclaimed BBC Radio 4 Series ‘Sophie Willan’s Guide To Normality’ was recently commissioned for a second series, coming later this year.

She is also currently developing her own scripted project for BBC Comedy and is the much-loved voiceover of the hit new reality show, The Circle (Channel 4).

Willan has also appeared on As Yet Untitled (Dave), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Up Late With Rylan (Channel 5), Still Open All Hours (BBC One), Click And Collect (BBC One), Class Dismissed (BBC One) and The One Show (BBC One).

In 2014 Sophie toured her first solo theatre show to over 70 venues across the UK, including a total sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.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 a smash hit nationwide tour in 2017 and a commission to adapt the show into a BBC Radio 4 series.

Sophie’s last show Branded was an incredible success, garnering her a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a Herald Angel Award and a nomination for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2017. In 2018 Branded achieved another sell out national tour, including a three week run at SOHO Theatre, before heading to Australia for a month long run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.