Irish comedian Aisling Bea has said moving to London to get over a broken heart was the best decision she ever made.
The TV comic (31), who is from Kildare, has been based across the pond since leaving Ireland to study in prestigious drama school London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after she finished her arts degree in Trinity College.
However, Aisling admitted her move was an unexpected one as she had never dreamt of moving to the city until she visited her actress friend Brona C Titley while she was studying there.
"Brona had auditioned for LAMDA and I had never even thought about drama school and didn't even know what it was but she got it and so I went over to visit her," she said.
"It had never occurred to me [to go to London]. So I said I'd audition as well. I had a bad break up at university - you know when your heart breaks for the very first time and you think 'I must leave this island' as if it had never happened to anyone before.
"I said 'ok, I'll go to England' and it was the best decision I ever made."
Aisling has since found fame appearing in Sky's series Trollied and last year was crowned the Best Female Television Comedian at the British Comedy Awards. However, Aisling said her career wasn't quite plain sailing after her stint in the college.
"Those two years at drama school were nutty and weird. I didn't love it at all - I loved my class, I have so many great friends from that time - but I learned less, I just learned more of what I didn't like," she said.
"Chris O'Dowd went to the same school and I think he'll say the same thing about it, that I think they think when you come in trying to be funny that you need to have your head cut off and have that knocked out of you."
While her acting journey may have been a bumpy one, things are now looking good for Aisling as it was recently revealed she has paired up with fellow Irish comedian Sharon Horgan to work on a script for a new Channel 4 series.
Speaking to Jarlath Regan on An Irishman Abroad, Aisling admitted she never thought a future in drama was possible because of her country background.
"It wasn't something I ever thought was achievable," she said.
"For me, people in Ireland who became actors would have to go through the Billy Barry's in Dublin."