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Zawe Ashton

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.

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Jul 21, 1984 In Hackney, London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mr Malcolm's List
Latest Project:
Movie The Marvels 2022-11-09
Known For
Poster of Greta
Poster of Velvet Buzzsaw
Poster of Nocturnal Animals
Poster of 24 Hours in Police Custody
Movie Mr Malcolm's List Julia 2022
Movie The Marvels Unknown 2022-11-09
Movie Velvet Buzzsaw Josephina 2019-02-01
Movie Greta Alexa Hammond 2019-02-28
Movie Egypt's Lost Pyramid Narrator 2019-09-29
Series The Big Narstie Show Herself 2018-06-29
Series Wanderlust Claire 2018-09-04
Movie World's Tiniest Masterpieces Narrator 2018-07-08
Series Oasis Severin 2017-03-16
Series Guerrilla Omega 2017-04-13
Movie Oasis Severin 2017-03-17
Movie Little Soldier Unknown 2016-09-23
Movie Nocturnal Animals Alex 2016-11-04
Series Not Safe for Work Katherine 2015-06-30
Series 24 Hours in Police Custody Narrator 2014-09-29
Movie Flinch Emily 2014-01-03
Series The Last Leg Herself 2013-01-25
Movie Blitz WPC Elizabeth Falls 2011-05-20
Movie A Bloody Muddle Kate 2011-01-01
Series Case Histories Deborah Arnold 2011-06-05
Movie A Study in Pink (Unaired Pilot) Sally Donovan 2011-06-05
Movie Dreams of a Life Joyce Vincent 2011-08-16
Series Fresh Meat Vod 2011-09-21
Movie Weekender Sarah 2011-09-01
Movie Lapland Jingle Jill 2011-12-24
Movie St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Bianca 2009-12-18
Movie Othello: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Bianca 2008-03-25
Series Doctor Who Journey Blue 2005-03-26