Fearless, provocative and very funny, Ria Lina is a highly accomplished comedian, writer, actor and one of the hardest working performers in the business. After a stand out debut on Mock The Week (BBC Two) Ria is quickly becoming a household name. A hugely admired act on the UK comedy circuit and international headliner, this multi-award winning artist commands respect from the moment she walks onstage and delivers with natural ease, energy and fierceness.
Ria is the only Filipina comedian in British stand up and has a BSc in Experimental Pathology, an MSc in Forensic Science and a PhD in Virology under her belt, so it’s not only Ria’s comedy that’s highly intelligent. A regular pundit on Sky News, BBC News, Times Radio and TalkRadio, Ria is in demand for both her scientific insight, confident delivery and biting wit.
Ria is a regular host on Steph’s Packed Lunch (C4) and host of the first all-female topical news show Yesterday, Today & The Day Before (Comedy Central). She is also a regular guest on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Unforgivable (DAVE), Question Team (DAVE), The Jeremy Vine Show (Ch5), BBC World Service International Comedy Night (BBC iPlayer), Comedy Underground (BBC Scotland), Mega Mela Malai (BBC Two), Sweet n Sour (BBC Three), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), Asian Network Comedy (BBC iPlayer). Ria can be heard on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), The Unbelievable Truth (BBC Radio 4), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), Breaking The News (BBC Scotland) and major UK podcasts.
A prolific writer, Ria has written for the Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Fantasy & Feathers’ and ‘Glamorous Amorous’ tours, and wrote and acted in ITV2 comedy sketch show ‘Meet the Blogs’. She has also written and presented her own Channel 4 documentary that revealed the truth behind the myths that surround East Asian women in Britain. With three scripted projects in development and a HUGE summer of filming ahead of her, 2021 is already the Year of Ria!