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Aisling Franciosi
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Franciosi at the 2022 Directors' Fortnight
Born (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 30)
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Aisling Franciosi (/ˈæʃlɪŋ frænˈzi/ ASH-ling-_-fran-CHOH-zee, Italian: Script error: No such module "IPA".; born 6 June 1993) is an Irish actress. She won an AACTA Award for her leading performance in the film The Nightingale (2018). On television, she is known for her roles in the RTÉ-BBC Two crime drama The Fall (2013–2016), season 2 of the TNT series Legends (2015), and the BBC One miniseries Black Narcissus (2020).

Early life

Franciosi was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Her father is Italian and her mother is Irish and she has two older brothers and a younger sister. She is trilingual, fluent in English, Italian and Irish. She studied French and Spanish at Trinity College Dublin.


From 2013 to 2016, Franciosi starred as Katie Benedetto in the RTÉ and BBC Two crime drama series The Fall. She made her feature film debut in 2014 in Jimmy's Hall. The following year, she starred in the second season of the TNT series Legends as Kate Crawford.

In 2016, Franciosi appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones in the sixth season as Lyanna Stark and reprised her role in the seventh season. She landed the lead role of Clare Carroll in The Nightingale, a 2018 period drama set in Tasmania and directed by Jennifer Kent. For The Nightingale, Francioisi received critical acclaim and a number of accolades including an AACTA. She also had supporting and recurring roles season 1 of the BBC thriller Clique as Georgia Cunningham and the Picasso installment of the National Geographic television anthology Genius as Fernande Olivier.

Franciosi played Sister Ruth in the 2020 miniseries Black Narcissus opposite Gemma Arterton and appeared in the films Home, The Unforgivable, and God's Creatures. She has upcoming film roles in the biographical-drama film Rothko, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, as well as the horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter.



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Franciosi on the set of Ambition – Epilogue (2016).
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Jimmy's Hall Marie
2014 Ambition Apprentice Short film for the European Space Agency Rosetta mission
2016 Ambition – Epilogue Master Short film for the ESA Rosetta mission
2018 The Nightingale Clare Carroll
2020 Home Delta
2021 The Unforgivable Katherine Malcolm
2022 God's Creatures Sarah Murphy
2023 The Last Voyage of the Demeter Anna Upcoming
TBA Rothko Kate Rothko


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Trivia Trish Episode 2.5
2013–2016 The Fall Katie Benedetto Main role
2014 Quirke Phoebe Griffin 3 episodes
2015 Vera Sigourney O'Brien Episode: "Muddy Waters"
2015 Legends Kate Crawford Main role (season 2)
2016–2017 Game of Thrones Lyanna Stark Episodes: "The Winds of Winter", "The Dragon and the Wolf"
2017 Clique Georgia Cunningham Season 1 (6 episodes)
2018 Genius: Picasso Fernande Olivier Season 2 (6 episodes)
2020 Black Narcissus Sister Ruth Miniseries

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Irish Film & Television Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama The Fall Won
2019 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Performer The Nightingale Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Won
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Performance Won
2020 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Most Daring Performance Won
Irish Film & Television Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role – Film Nominated
Rising Star Won
2021 Irish Film & Television Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role – Drama Black Narcissus Nominated
2022 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Performance God's Creatures Pending

See also

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