After Life actress Ashley Jensen 3-decade long career has made her a well-known name among fans of TV and film alike. Equally famous for her narrating as she is for acting, the actress first stepped into showbiz in 1990 and has since worked on shows like Agatha Raisin, Ugly Betty, among others.
In 2005 she joined the cast of Extras and was nominated for multiple awards, including a BAFTA and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Ashley did the show ‘Extras’ along with, no-holds-barred comedian Ricky Gervais. She acted as Maggie Jacobs on the show which aired from 2005 to 2007.
After, a year of working on Extras she joined the cast of Ugly Betty in which she played the role of Christina McKinney. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Scotland Award for her depiction of the character.
Lending a career as a side actor and extra in most of her works, the actress came into the fashion spotlight after sporting a beautiful fringe hairstyle.
The leading lady was the talk of the town after photos of her with bangs surfaced and she has kept the hairstyle in 2020.
Jensen’s first lead role in a major project came in the form of Agatha Raisin, a PR exec who starts developing a keen habit for solving murders.
The series was first shown in 2014 but did not get a proper release until June 2016. As of February 2020, the show is in its third season and is rated 7.4/10 in IMDb.
In similar fashion, she is also worked on the first season of After Life as Nurse Emma.
Ashley Jensen was born on 11 August 1969 in Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland to Ivar Jensen and Margaret Jensen. She was interested in acting from a very early age. According to her, she grew up in a farming community in Scotland so it was hard for her to fit in.
Although she was interested in becoming an actress from a very early age, she has been pessimistic about her career even saying
bnI never looked at people like Jennifer Aniston or Matthew Perry and thought that a level of career like that was attainable,
She has become a famous actress and even shares the same agent as the legendary Samuel L Jackson.
Adding to her talents as an actor is the fact that she is also a narrator. She has lent her voice to characters such as Phlegma in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World., Nanette in Sherlock Gnomes, etc.
In 2011, she voiced Bryony in the animated feature Arthur Christmas. Her work as a voice actor on the film got her an Annie Award nomination.
In an interview, she expressed her love for food, especially from her homeland. When she was a child, she used to have meat pies and traditional Scottish meat dishes but later became a vegetarian.
Although technically a pescatarian because she ate fish, she still kept a strict diet and exercise to lose weight.
Ashley Jensen married Terence Beesley on January 29, 2007 after meeting him for the first time back in 1999. They had a son named Francis Jonathan Beesley who was born on 20 October 2009.
On November 30, 2017, Terence was found dead in his car at his home, although the cause of his death wasn’t immediately established, authorities later concluded that he took his own life and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
She later sold the house in which he killed himself 2018.