A multi-talented entertainer who has featured in several stage, TV and film roles, Kate Ashfield is clearly a successful actress. After more than two decades of actively entertaining fans as an actress, Ashfield flipped over to explore the other side of the industry. In addition to her acting career, she also enjoys working from behind the scenes as a scriptwriter who may well be a force to be reckoned with if her bubbly ideas are brilliantly executed. Find out all the interesting facts you never knew about the Shaun of the Dead actress.
Kate Ashfield’s Bio
Born on May 28, 1972, Kate Ashfield is an Oldham native bred in Birmingham. There is a scarcity of information about her family background and early life but the British actress is the daughter of Richard and Sybil Burton. Kate first had her basic education at Birmingham’s all-girls’ King Edward VI Camp Hill School. She always had a flair for acting and decided to pursue her passion. After high school, the actress proceeded to train herself as a thespian at Rose Bruford College.
6 Facts About the Shaun of the Dead Actress
Kate Ashfield has been on the acting scene since 1994. She made her movie debut in Princess Caraboo where she portrayed the role of Ella. Between 1995 and 1998, she followed up with several stage roles. You may recognize the British actress for her starring roles in notable movies such as The War Zone (1999), Late Night Shopping (2001), Pure (2002), This Little Life (2003), Beyond Borders (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Best Man (2005), Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2010), United (2011), Midsomer Murders (2013), Hangman (2015), and many more. Ashfield first gained recognition for her role in Late Night Shopping but her most famous work yet is arguably that of Liz, the titular character’s girlfriend in the blood-drenched horror rom-com Shaun of the Dead.
Kate Ashfield made her TV debut in the 1999 series Watership Down. She has since followed up with an exhaustive list of small-screen credits including Crime and Punishment (2002), Talk to Me (2007), Never Better (2008), The Diary of Anna Frank (2009), New Tricks (2011), Line of Duty (2012), Secrets and Lies (2015), and lots more.
More recently, the actress discovered her other creative side and now also enjoys life as a writer. Her career as a writer was birthed out of a fascination by the darker side of life. Hence, she took the bold step to explore other open options and takes credit as the co-writer of the teen psychopath miniseries Born to Kill. While Kate Ashfield will continue as an actress, she is more poised to sell herself a little differently in the future with her brilliant writing skills through some scriptwriting still in the works.
The Shaun of the Dead star boasts of some prestigious awards from her acting career. Notably, she is a 2001 recipient of the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress following her outstanding performance as Jody in the flick Late Night Shopping. The 2003 movie This Little Life has also earned Kate Ashfield some notable awards.
Married Life: Is Kate Ashfield Married With Kids?
While Kate Ashfield may be very open about her professional accomplishments, the case is completely different for her personal life. The actress has been notoriously discreet with details of her love life and since she has not been romantically linked to anyone all these years, her relationship status remains a mystery to date.
However, not many are aware that she is a single mother of an adorable son. The actress has also shielded details about her son’s identity and his paternity from the public. The closest inkling the media has gotten into her family life was when Ashfield kicked off her writing career. According to the British actress, it was at her son’s school gate that she and her friend/writing partner Tracey Malone came up with the idea of co-writing the miniseries Born to Kill. For now, Kate Ashfield is presumed more focused on her career and being the best mom to her son.
Kate Ashfield’s salary and net worth have not been revealed, but that wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to many given her discreet lifestyle. Nonetheless, it is presumed that the bulk of her wealth was made from her acting career and she is living comfortably.
Height: How Tall Is She?
The Shaun of the Dead star maintains an attractive physique. Kate Ashfield stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches. Besides her obvious body features such as her blonde hair, details regarding her weight and other body measurements have not been made public.