Zawedde “Zawe” Ashton FRSL is an English actress, narrator, playwright, and director who was born on July 25, 1984. She is most recognised for her roles in the comic dramas Fresh Meat and Not Safe for Work, as well as the Netflix horror movie Velvet Buzzsaw and as Joyce Carol Vincent in Dreams of a Lifetime (2011). In The Marvels, she will appear as a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2023).
Early Years of Her Life
Ashton was born on July 25, 1984, in Hackney, London. She is the eldest of three children born to Victoria, a Ugandan mother, and Paul Ashton, an English father. From the age of six, she attended the Anna Scher Theatre School and was a member of the National Youth Theatre. She studied acting at the Manchester School of Theatre. Paulo Muwanga, her maternal grandpa, was the former President and Prime Minister of Uganda.
Personal and Family Life
Zawe Ashton was a well-known and renowned actress, dramatist, and director from London, England. Her parents’ names were Paul and Victoria Ashton, and she had siblings, one of which was Sam Ashton. We now only have this information, but we will update it when we learn more about her parents, siblings, and relations.
Announcement at the Night of Screening of Mr. Malcolm’s List
Ashton announced her engagement to English actor Tom Hiddleston in March 2022. The two appeared together in the 2019 play Betrayal. They are about to have their first child. Zawe Ashton made a big announcement tonight during a special screening of Mr. Malcolm’s List in New York City: she and fiance Tom Hiddelston are expecting their first child.
The British actor’s growing baby bulge was covered in a beige bead-embellished tulle gown by Sabina Bilenko Couture, looking as gorgeous as ever. “It was truly an honour to create on this garment for Zawe,” Bilenko says of designing the ethereal gown for the star’s big night.
“She is such a wonderful performer, and her ability to carry a look on the red carpet is unrivalled.” True, Ashton looked stunning at the premiere of the Regency era rom-com, in which she plays Julia, a 19th century society woman dating — and then seeking revenge on — attractive bachelor Mr. Malcolm (p Drsù).
Ashton gets the works from her glam squad before donning her fairy tale gown. Her raven fringe was combed back into a teased half-up style capped off with a black grosgrain ribbon by hairstylist Rebekah Forecast in between pieces of a banana split sundae, while her lids were smoked out and combined with a delicate, contoured complexion courtesy of makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.
Career and Achievements
Her Broadway credits include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York. Rhinoceros (Royal Court), The Arsonists, Gone Too Far! (Royal Court), Othello (Globe Theatre), Frontline (Globe Theatre), All The Little Things We Crushed (Almeida), This Wide Night (Soho Theatre), Michael Frayn’s comedy Here (The Rose Theatre Kingston), Abi Morgan’s Splendour (Donmar Warehouse), John Genet’s The Maids (Trafalgar Ashton won second place in the Ian Charleson Awards for her classical performance in Salome in June 2010.
Velvet Buzzsaw, directed by Dan Gilroy for Netflix, Dreams of a Life, directed by Carol Morley, for which she was nominated in the Most Promising Newcomer category at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, Blitz, Nocturnal Animals, directed by Tom Ford, and Greta, directed by Neil Jordan are among her film credits.
Vod in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat, Claire in the six-part BBC One / Netflix series Wanderlust, Journey Blue in Doctor Who, BBC, and Katherine in Not Safe For Work for Channel 4 are among her TV credits. Ashton featured in two episodes of The Demon Headmaster as a child. It was announced in February 2021 that she would portray a villain in The Marvels. It is set to be released on July 28, 2023.
Awards and Nominations
Nylon magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue named Ashton one of the “55 faces of the future” in May 2010. Cosmopolitan magazine awarded her the “Ultimate Newcomer” trophy at their Women of the Year awards in October 2012. Ashton won the Creative Diversity Network Award for Best Breakthrough On-Screen Talent in November 2012 for her portrayal as Vod in the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 smash Fresh Meat. In 2013, Ashton received a Screen Nation Award for Female Performance in a Film 2012/2013 for her work in Dreams of a Life.