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BAFTA AWARD WINNER BEST COMEDY WRITER 2021

RTS AWARD BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE NOMINEE 2021

SOUTHBANK AWARDS BREAKTHROUGH NOMINEE 2018 

BBC CAROLINE AHERNE BURSARY WINNER 2018

THE TIMES BEST LIVING COMEDIANS LIST 2018

EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS BEST SHOW NOMINEE 2017

HERALD ANGEL AWARD WINNER 2017

Writer, Actor, Comedian, Producer and Activist… Sophie is sharp, eccentric and provocative… and fast becoming one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

This multi-award winning talent has a knack 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, Bolton charm.

Sophie’s BAFTA Winning comedy series, Alma’s Not Normal, is set to air on BBC Two in Autumn 2021.

You can also listen to her hugely acclaimed BBC Radio 4 Series Sophie Willan’s Guide To Normality’ on BBC Sounds. Or tune into her dulcet sounds, on Channel 4 as the much-loved voice of The Circle.

Willan has also appeared on Between The Covers (BBC Two), 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), The One Show (BBC One) and The Tez O Clock Show (Channel 4).

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.

Her follow up 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 a 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

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Sophie is a Care Leaver, who’s personal experiences are part of her life’s mission; to empower, represent and advocate for care experienced young people and marginalised children and adults.

In 2015, Sophie founded non-profit organisation, Stories Of Carea dynamic and rebellious writing and outreach organisation, that work exclusively with exceptional new writers, from diverse backgrounds. They offer long-term developmental support to their participants so that they can become creative leaders and make personal and political work that smashes through the glass ceilings across Theatre, Radio, Stand-Up, Television and Literature.

As an Executive Producer on her BBC Two sitcom, Alma’s Not Normal, Sophie has also instigated a paid training programme for young people from low income and Care Experienced backgrounds on the production.  

The trainees will work, full time and be paid at living wage, in specific departments across the programme including producing, art department, costume department, makeup department, camera department, location department, production department.

Alma’s Not Normal, has also delivered an extensive open audition process, to make sure working class actors from Bolton are cast in the show. The show also features several Care Experienced young people, in their first television roles.

Sophie also works freelance as a Key Note Speaker, Mentor and Facilitator, as well as being a Panelist for Swiis Foster Care.

For more info on the latest Stories Of Care projects please click here

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Gary O’ Sullivan

garyosullivan@42mp.com

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