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
BBC NEW TALENT HOT LIST 2017
CHORTLE NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2017
Sharp, eccentric and provocative – Willan has fast become one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.
This multi-award winning comedian 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 is currently developing her first television sitcom, Alma’s Not Normal, for BBC Two. The pilot airs Tuesday 7th April at 10pm on BBC Two, then on Iplayer for 12 months.
Her hugely acclaimed BBC Radio 4 Series ‘Sophie Willan’s Guide To Normality’ is back for a second series in September 2020 and you can hear her dulcet sounds, on Channel 4 as the much-loved voice of The Circle.
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), 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