‘An exceptional new talent’  The Herald

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.

‘Wise, confessional and bloody funny’  The List

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.

Sophie Willan was born to do this’  Beyond The Joke

In 2016 Sophie 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 securing Sophie’s place as one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

‘An exciting new force in British comedy’  London Is Funny


  • October 2016

  • Fri 07 October : Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme Charity Ball

    Holiday Inn, Higher Bridge Street, Bolton MORE INFO
  • Thu 20 October : WHY? I Care

    Southbank Centre, London MORE INFO
  • Sun 30 October : Women In Comedy Wrap Party

    The Frog and Bucket MORE INFO
  • March 2017

  • Sun 12 March : Sophie Willan: On Record

    The Lowry Theatre (Quays Theatre) MORE INFO



is a dynamic project founded by award winning Writer/Performer and Care Leaver, Sophie Willan.

Putting Care Leavers in the driving seat, Sophie facilitates a 10-week writing programme and a 10-week illustration programme for 20 participants across Greater Manchester. Based on their own experiences, each participant is creating a fictional short story or series of illustrations to be part of a vibrant new children’s anthology. Participants will work with a published children’s author and an acclaimed illustrator to develop the anthology before publication. The book will also feature stories from professional writers who are also Care Leavers including Sophie Willan, Lemn Sissay and Louise Wallwein.

The book will be launched at the 2017 Manchester Children’s Book Festival.

For more info: www.storiesofcare.co.uk

Sophie Willan Stories Of Care