Isabella Charlton

About me


Stand up

Isabella Charlton has performed Stand Up Comedy in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Berlin. She has performed in Hollywood at The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory. As a stand up comic she was chosen to be in Hollywood Laugh Factory Fresh Faces in
2018 & 2019. She also performed at the Pasadena Ice House and Westside Comedy Theatre.

Isabella has travelled all over the US performing at comedy festivals. She performed at Trial by Laughter in Indianapolis, and at the She-Devil Festival in New York. The next year, she performed at Big Sky Comedy Festival in Montana and the Seattle International Comedy Festival. Isabella also performed at the Boston Women in Comedy Festival and the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta.

Isabella has competed in the Comedy Store’s roast battle, which can be heard on the Roast battle podcast. And can be seen multiple times on the Kill Tony Podcast live from the Comedy Store.

Isabella spent most of the pandemic, performing in her home city of Hong Kong. Where she performed regularly at the long running Take Out Comedy Show. Isabella also spent time in the North East of England, where her mother is from, performing at the Stand Comedy Club, in



Isabella Charlton started acting professionally in Beijing, where her fluency in Mandarin Chinese, got her cast in numerous movies and TV shows. She was a main character on a Chinese TV series called Dragon Train directed by YingDa. Isabella also performed in theatre productions at Beijing National Theatre. And she toured Taiwan with a professional production of Macbeth in Chinese.

In Los Angeles, Isabella studied with Scott Sedita and Lesly Kahn, and took classes at the Groundlings, IO West, UCB and Second City.  Isabella acted in numerous sketch comedy live shows and online sketches.



Isabella’s interest in writing began after University, when she was selected for the Royal Court’s Young Writer’s Program in London. Isabella has written sketches at UCB, and completed the UCLA professional program in Screenwriting. Isabella has also studied screenwriting with Corey Mendell in Los Angeles. She is working on numerous features and pilots.


Career before stand up

Isabella studied law at Oxford University, and completed a master’s in law at the London School of Economics. She passed the bar in the UK, and worked as a criminal barrister. Isabella worked mainly as a defense barrister but also spent some time prosecuting. Isabella worked in international child abduction law during her pupillage.


During her masters, Isabella worked part time in the House of Lords as an assistant and speech writer. Isabella also spent some time working as an on-air news reporter for TVB in Hong Kong.

background and childhood

Isabella grew up in Hong Kong and learned Mandarin Chinese at Chinese International School. She also attended boarding school in Cheltenham in the UK.

Isabella is mixed race: British and Anglo Indian. Her father is Anglo Indian and grew up in India, moving to the UK as a teenager. Her mother is British and grew up in North East England. They met in London.