Ashley Jensen

Actress
Although primarily known to American audiences as seamstress Christina McKinney on the hit comedy series "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), actress Ashley Jensen had long reached prior notoriety in the UK on screens both ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1969 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (23)

The Legend of Barney Thompson 2015 (Movie)

Detective Inspector June Robertson (Actor)

The Lobster 2015 (Movie)

Biscuit Woman (Actor)

Small Time 2014 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

All Stars 2013 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Hysteria 2012 (Movie)

Fannie (Actor)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Bryony (Voice)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Nanette (Voice)

Accidentally on Purpose 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2010 (Movie)

Phlegma The Fierce (Voice)

Ugly Betty 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Nativity! 2009 (Movie)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1994, 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Free Radio 2008 (Tv Show)

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Extras 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Taking Liberties 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The 2007 Teen Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The Eleventh Hour 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2006 (Movie)

Lindsey (Actor)

What I Like About You 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

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Off Centre 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Oliver's Travels (TV Show)

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Biography

Although primarily known to American audiences as seamstress Christina McKinney on the hit comedy series "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), actress Ashley Jensen had long reached prior notoriety in the UK on screens both large and small. Honing her craft on the stages of London and Scotland, the versatile actress made a name for herself on British TV projects, such as the comedies "May to December" (BBC, 1989-1994) and "Bad Boys" (BBC, 1995-96). Jensen also landed feature film roles, first in Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy" (1999) and later alongside comedic actor Steve Coogan in "Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story" (2005). She made substantial inroads with U.S. audiences on the Ricky Gervais cable comedy "Extras" (BBC/HBO, 2005-07), in which she played a socially awkward, man-hungry aspiring actress to riotous perfection. Her major stateside breakthrough came with three seasons of "Ugly Betty," followed by more appearances in the UK, as well voice work in the hit animated family adventure, "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010). A true double threat, equally adept in the genres of comedy and drama, Jensen continued to enjoy success on both sides of the Atlantic in roles ranging from ditzy best friend to leading lady.

Relationships

Terry Beesley Actor

Husband
English met in 1999 while working on a stage production of "King Lear" together for seven years before getting married January 22, 2007 in Big Sur, CA

Francis Beesley

Son
Born October 20, 2009 father, Terry Beesley

Ivar Jensen

Father
Has no contact with her father

Margaret Jensen

Mother
Raised by her mother

EDUCATION

Queen Margaret University College

Graduated with awards in comedy, dance and acting

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

Milestones

2012

Played supporting role opposite Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the period comedy "Hysteria"

2012

Voiced the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2011

Landed voiceover role for the character Bryony in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"

2011

Voiced Nanette the frog in the animated production "Gnomeo and Juliet"

2010

Starred in the BBC comedy drama "Accidental Farmer"

2009

Starred in the BBC comedy "Nativity" as Jennifer Lore, a Hollywood producer's secretary

2009

Cast opposite Jenna Elfman on the CBS sitcom "Accidentally on Purpose"

2006

Starred on the short-lived drama series "Eleventh Hour" (ITV1)

2006

Cast as the title character's best friend Christina McKinney on the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty"

2005

Cast alongside Ricky Gervais on the BBC2/HBO series "Extras" as the socially inept Maggie Jacobs; her role in the 2007 Christmas special earned her an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress

2005

Played Steve Coogan's agent in "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story"

2001

Appeared in the award-winning series "Clocking Off" (BBC)

1999

Cast in director Mike Leigh's "Topsy Turvy"

1998

Appeared on the BBC series "City Central"

1996

Played Clare Donnelly, the daughter of Glasgow criminal Jo-Jo Donnelly (Billy Connolly), on the BBC drama "Down Among the Big Boys"

1994

First TV role, playing the eccentric secretary Rosie McConnichy, in the series finale of BBC comedy "May to December"

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