"(And) the fact of the matter is, if you create a shouty environment that's all about competitiveness, you are rooting out a different type of person, " Aisling Bea, writer, actress - and French and Philosophy grad - has told The Observer.  "So on panel shows people who aren’t as loud don’t get to speak."

In March, Bea stood down as a team captain on the Channel 4 's 8 Out of 10 Cats, as she prepared to unleash her forthcoming sitcom, This Way Up, which is written by and stars the Kildare woman.

Since her arrival in London to study drama some years back, the only way indeed has been up. In 2013, Aisling was nominated for a Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh. This accolade was followed by regular appearances as a panellist on game shows, stand-up on Live at the Apollo, and her memorable appearances in Sharon Horgan's sitcom, Dead Boss and in the very different crime series, The Fall. 

However, the actress admits that when she left drama school she thought she would be playing Medea within a week.

Aisling Bea

"But as Sharon Horgan always says, waiting around for great female parts doesn’t work. So you have to write them. This idea of the giant parental system looking after us just isn’t happening. So in the interim, we’ve got to step up.

"Demanding more at a small level means that the bigger people start realising there’s a business in that. And we send the message back up the supply chain. Yeah, petitions don’t work when it’s seven of us. But they might work when there are 200,000 of us.

She also criticised competitiveness. "There are two schools of thought. One is survival of the fittest: if you’re good enough, you will get there. But, you are being good enough within someone else’s realm.

"And the fact of the matter is, if you create a shouty environment that’s all about competitiveness, you are rooting out a different type of person. So on panel shows people who aren’t as loud don’t get to speak."