Sophie Willan

News: BBC2 Pilot For Sophie Willan

Alma’s Not Normal is a 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two made by Expectation written by and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018.

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma's Not Normal, offering a truly authentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.


News: Sophie Willan Lends Voice To C4's The Circle

Comedian Sophie Willan will be doing the voiceover for The Circle, Channel 4's new reality show for the social media age, presented by Alice Levine and Maya Jama.

The Circle’s players will all move into the same building but live in completely separate apartments. Living just inches away from each other, they can't see or hear one another and will never meet their competitors face to face while playing the game.


News: Sophie Willan Nominated For Major Award

Sophie Willan has been nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award in the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Inside No 9, Catastrophe and This Country are nominated in the Best Comedy category.

Now in its 22nd year, the annual awards ceremony will take place at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday 1 July 2018, hosted by Melvyn Bragg and celebrating the wide range of creative talent Britain has to offer, from Stormzy to Paddington 2. It will also be broadcast on Sky.


News: Sophie Willan Wins First Caroline Aherne Bursary

Bolton comedian Sophie Willan has been named as the first winner of the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary.

Willan beat hundreds of other comics to win the prize, which was launched last year in memory of Caroline Aherne, the popular comedy star and writer who died in 2016.


Edinburgh Fringe Review: Sophie Willan, Pleasance Courtyard

Sophie Willan has been out all night celebrating her nomination for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and her voice has become a husky squawk.
Branded is her follow up to last year’s On Record, based around the social worker reports written about her as a child in care.
This year Willan responds to the labels which are often placed on her, such as ‘northern’, ‘working class’ and ‘f

Review: Magners New Act Final, Greenwich Comedy Festival

Another week, another comedy competition. The Magners New Act 2015 was the last gig of this year’s Greenwich Comedy Festival and looks set to be another regular staging post for ambitious comedians. It also had the added of attraction of boasting a short line-up. There were only six finalists, chosen via both live heat and online poll, meaning that there was no chance for audience giggle fatigue to set in. 



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