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Aisling Loftus (born 1 September 1990 in NottinghamNottinghamshire) is an English actress. She is the daughter of Irish parents, Paddy and Eileen, and has an older sister, Aoife.[1]

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Life and career[edit]Edit

Loftus began acting aged nine at the Carlton Workshops, and later took her A-Levels at the Becket School in Nottingham. She played several small roles in television dramas and films, including This Is England.

Loftus made her mainstream television debut in 2000 aged 10 when she appeared in an episode of Peak Practice. Subsequently, Loftus has appeared in various television series, including CasualtyDoctorsThe Bill (2008), and in theITV comedy drama The Fattest Man in Britain starring Timothy Spall and Bobby Ball[2]

In 2008 Loftus was described as a 'Star of Tomorrow' in Screen International magazine.[3][4] She also appeared in Daniel Elliott’s short Jade, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.[2][5]

In 2010 Loftus starred in the BBC drama Five Daughters, as murder victim Gemma Adams. In July of the same year she took the leading female role in another BBC drama, Dive, by BAFTA award winning Dominic Savage and Simon Stevens, in a cast that included Skins actor Jack O'ConnellEddie MarsanGina MckeeJoseph Mawle and Ewen BremnerDive was critically acclaimed, Euan Ferguson of The Observer predicting that Aisling "Ash" Loftus will be a "phenomenon".[6]

Loftus played Leonie Fowler in the summer box office hit Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010[7] in London where she has received favourable reviews with Dominic Cavendish of the Telegraph calling her"superb"'[8]

In 2011 Loftus starred in a new BBC TV film version of The Borrowers broadcast on Boxing Day, as Arrietty. This was followed up in 2012 with roles in 2 BBC series : Jade in Public Enemies & Cassandra in Good Cop and in 2013 by the role of Agnes Towler in Mr Selfridge.

Personal life[edit]Edit

She is dating the actor Jacob Anderson.[9]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Year Title Character Production Notes
2013 Mr Selfridge Agnes Towler ITV All episodes
2012 Good Cop Cassandra BBC
2012 Public Enemies Jade BBC 2 episodes
2011 Death of a Superhero Shelly Grand Pictures
2011 The Borrowers Arrietty Clock BBC
2011 Page Eight Melissa Legge BBC
2011 Case Histories Lily Rose/ Tanya BBC 2 episodes
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Susie Jim Loach's first feature film
2010 Thorne: Sleepyhead Rachel Sky 3 part drama
2010 Dive Lindsey BBC 2 part drama
2010 Five Daughters Gemma Adams BBC 2 episodes
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Amy ITV one off drama
2009 Jade Jade Daniel Elliot short film won Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival
2008 The Bill Sophie Randall ITV 2 episodes
2008 Doctors Ellie Lowell BBC 1 episodes
2008 Casualty Jo Balmayne BBC 1 episode
2006 This Is England Shane Meadows film part was cut from the theatrical release
2006 Casualty Mellie Bennett BBC 1 episodes
2006 Blind Man's Alley Player 4 Tony Kelly short film
2005 Doctors Emma Tyler BBC 1 episode
2004 Help! I'm A Teenage Outlaw Montague's Food Tester 1 episode
2001 A Fish Out of Water Angela BBC
The Worst Witch ITV
2000 Peak Practice Abby Moffett ITV 1 episode

Theatre[edit]Edit

Year Title Character Production Notes
2011 Noises Off by Michael Frayn Poppy Old Vic Theatre
2010 Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss Leonie Fowler Royal Court Theatre
We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs Nottingham Playhouse
He's TalkingJustThe Spider Men various National Theatre Connections National Theatre, Castle Theatre, WellingboroughNottingham Playhouse
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