Who is Aisling Franciosi?

Aisling was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 6 June 1993 – her zodiac sign’s Gemini, and she holds Irish nationality. She’s an actress with more than 20 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her portrayal of the lead character Claire in the 2018 adventure thriller movie “The Nightingale”, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, and which also starred Maya Christie and Baykali Ganambarr. Set in 1825, the film follows young Irish convict Clare as she’s chasing a British officer who has caused her family great harm; it won 25 of the 62 awards for which it was nominated.

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Early life and education

Aisling was raised in Dublin alongside her younger sister and two older brothers, by their Italian father who’s a surgeon, and their Irish mother who’s a former teacher; not a lot else is known about Aisling’s family, as she respects their privacy.

She grew up being interested in learning languages, and is today fluent in English, Irish Gaelic and Italian. Aisling studied at a local high school and was 15 when she became interested in acting, and began appearing in school plays; she was into a couple of other activities during her teenage years, including dancing, singing, and playing soccer.

Upon matriculating in 2011, Aisling enrolled at Trinity College Dublin, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015.

Roles in TV series

Aisling made her debut TV series appearance in a 2012 episode of the comedy “Trivia”, then in 2014, she played Phoebe Griffin in three episodes of the crime thriller mini-series “Quirke”.

She portrayed Kate Crawford in 10 episodes of the 2015 action crime drama “Legends”, created by Howard Gordon, and which starred Sean Bean, Morris Chestnut and Ali Larter. The series follows deep-cover operative Martin Odum who’s begun to question his past now that a mysterious stranger has told him that he might not be who he thinks he is.

Between 2013 and 2016, Aisling played Katie Benedetto in 16 episodes of the critically acclaimed crime thriller drama “The Fall”, created by Allan Cubitt, and which starred Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and John Lynch. It follows a policewoman who’s trying to bring a serial killer to justice, and the series won 10 of the 36 awards for which it was nominated, including two BAFTA nominations.

Aisling’s also known for her portrayal of Lyanna Stark in the 2016 episode “The Winds of Winter” and the 2017 episode “The Dragon and the Wolf” of what’s rated to be one of the best series of all time – the action adventure drama “Game of Thrones”. It was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, starred Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington, and follows nine noble families all of whom want to rule over Westeros and sit on The Iron Throne; the series aired from 2011 to 2019 and won 446 awards, including 59 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 632 other awards.

Three of Aisling’s most recent TV series roles have been in six episodes of the 2018 biographical historical drama “Genius”, two episodes of the 2020 drama “I Know This Much Is True” and all three episodes of the 2020 drama mini-series “Black Narcissus” (lead role).

Roles in movies

Aisling’s debut film appearance was her portrayal of Marie in the popular 2014 biographical historical drama “Jimmy’s Hall”, directed by Ken Loach, and which starred Barry Ward, Francis Magee and Aileen Henry. Set during the Depression, the film follows Jimmy Gralton who’s returned home to Ireland after having been exiled for 10 years, and it won two of the five awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Aisling’s following roles were in the 2014 short historical mystery “Ambition”, the 2016 short horror “The Sticks”, and the 2020 drama “Home”.

She played Katherine Malcolm in the 2021 crime drama “The Unforgivable”, directed by Nora Fingscheidt, and which starred Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis and Vincent D’Onofrio. It follows a woman who’s just been released from prison, and is struggling to live with people who refuse to forgive her for her past crimes; the movie won four of the nine awards for which it was nominated.

Aisling’s most recent film role has been her portrayal of Sarah Murphy in the 2022 drama “God’s Creatures”, while she’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies: “Last Voyage of the Demeter”, “Stopmotion” and “Rothko”.

Other credits

Aisling sang the song “If You Were Mine” in the 2013 episode “My Adventurous Song” of the series “The Fall”, and six songs in the 2018 movie “The Nightingale”.

She could’ve been seen featured in the 2019 TV special “9th AACTA Awards”, and the 2021 short documentary movie “She Will Not Be Silenced: An Interview with Aisling Franciosi”.

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Awards and nominations

Aisling’s won nine of the 18 awards for which she’s been nominated. Some of her wins include a 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Lead Actress, a 2020 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Special Mention Award for Bravest Performance, and a 2020 Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, all for her performance in “The Nightingale”.

Love life and relationships

Aisling prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, and hasn’t spoken of any men or women whom she’s perhaps been with. This is mostly why there are today various rumors circulating the internet, concerning both her current relationship status and sexual orientation.

Some of her fans believe her to be lesbian, claiming this to be the reason why the popular actress hasn’t spoken of the men whom she’s perhaps dated; a fan has even claimed to have seen Aisling spending time with her girlfriend at a pub in Dublin, Ireland but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Aisling addressed these rumors.

There are also those who believe that she’s today in a long-term relationship with a non-celebrity Irish man, and that she prefers to keep him away from media; this hasn’t been confirmed either.

As of August 2022, Aisling seems to be unattached, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Aisling’s quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 50,000 followers; she’s uploaded close to 250 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature her during her everyday life.

Summer is her favorite season, as she likes to swim in the sea, sun tan at the beach and play beach sports.

Aisling’s physically quite active, while this is believed to be mostly because her acting career requires her to stay in shape; she has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, thus her slim figure.

She’s both a fashionista and a shopaholic, as she’s trying to keep up with all of the latest fashion trends and goes searching for clothes nearly every day.

Aisling has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Eddie Redmayne, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of her favorite movies are “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Les Miserables” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

Age, height and net worth

Aisling’s age is 29. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of August 2022, Aisling’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1.5 million.

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