Aisling Bea scoops first BAFTA Award: ‘This is an absolute dream come true’

The actress was nominated for her comedy-drama This Way Up


Aisling Bea was among Irish winners at this year’s BAFTA TV Craft Awards.

The Craft Awards took place virtually on Friday night, and Aisling scooped the Breakthrough Talent award for her comedy-drama This Way Up.

The series, which stars Aisling as the lead, follows a teacher as she tries to pull her life back together after having a nervous breakdown.

The comedy writer and actress, who hails from Co. Kildare, described the win as an “absolute dream come true” during her acceptance speech.

The 36-year-old also dedicated the award to her late father Brian, who “didn’t get to be any older” than she is today.

Aisling was up against drama director Aneil Karia, Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn, and Responsible Child writer Sean Buckley in the Breakthrough Talent category.

Donegal native Michael Harte also won an award in the Editing: Factual category, for the popular Netflix documentary Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer.

The three-part docu-series tells the gripping story of one of Canada’s worst murderers, Luka Magnotta.

Check out the full list of winners here.

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