Biography

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A student - Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. In 2010 she was named as one of the 55 Faces of the Future in Nylon magazine's Young Hollywood issue and two years later received the Ultimate Newcomer award at Cosmopolitan's Women of the Year event and the Creative Diversity Award as best newcomer for her role in television sitcom 'Fresh Meat; where she plays stroppy student Vod. In 2015 she took the lead in another comedy series 'Not Safe for Work as one of the few sane members in a government department. In addition to acting Zawe is a prolific writer, having been the Young Writer in Residence at the Contact Theatre, Manchester in 2006 and the author of several plays, all of which have been produced, including commissions for the Bush Theatre and Clean Break company. In 2016 at the same time as another series of 'Fresh Meat' was being shown Zawe was on stage at the Trafalgar Studios in Jean Genet's three-hander play 'The Maids'. In 2019 Zawe Ashton will be one of the leads in the elevated horror-thriller released on Netflix called Velvet Buzzsaw, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A student - Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. In 2010 she was named as one of the 55 Faces of the Future in Nylon magazine's Young Hollywood issue and two years later received the Ultimate Newcomer award at Cosmopolitan's Women of the Year event and the Creative Diversity Award as best newcomer for her role in television sitcom 'Fresh Meat; where she plays stroppy student Vod. In 2015 she took the lead in another comedy series 'Not Safe for Work as one of the few sane members in a government department. In addition to acting Zawe is a prolific writer, having been the Young Writer in Residence at the Contact Theatre, Manchester in 2006 and the author of several plays, all of which have been produced, including commissions for the Bush Theatre and Clean Break company. In 2016 at the same time as another series of 'Fresh Meat' was being shown Zawe was on stage at the Trafalgar Studios in Jean Genet's three-hander play 'The Maids'. In 2019 Zawe Ashton will be one of the leads in the elevated horror-thriller released on Netflix called Velvet Buzzsaw, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 22

Birthday 1984-07-21

Place of Birth Hackney, London, England

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 Greta as Alexa Hammond
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw as Josephina
2018 Wanderlust (6 episodes) as Claire
2018 World's Tiniest Masterpieces as Narrator
2017 Guerrilla (6 episodes) as Omega
2017 Oasis as Severin (1 episode) as Severin
2016 Nocturnal Animals as Alex
2016 Little Soldier
2015 Not Safe for Work (6 episodes) as Katherine
2014 Flinch as Emily
2011 Lapland as Jingle Jill
2011 Fresh Meat (30 episodes) as Vod
2011 Weekender as Sarah
2011 Dreams of a Life as Joyce Vincent
2011 Case Histories (9 episodes) as Deborah Arnold
2011 Blitz as WPC Elizabeth Falls
2011 A Bloody Muddle as Kate
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold as Bianca
2008 Othello: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as Bianca
2005 Doctor Who (1 episode) as Journey Blue

Writing

2014 Happy Toys Writer

Directing

2014 Happy Toys Director

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