Ashley Jensen is a Scottish actress and narrator, best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Maggie Jacobs on television series Extras, in which she appeared from 2005 to 2007, and as main character Agatha Raisin on the crime-based Sky One comedy-drama Agatha Raisin.
- Monday 11th August 1969
Across the pond, Jensen has achieved success as a cast member of the ABC series Ugly Betty and the short-lived CBS sitcom Accidentally On Purpose.
After coming to attention with her first major television role as Clare Donnelly in 1993 BBC drama Down Among The Big Boys, in which she played the daughter of Billy Connolly's character, Jensen's first comedic appearance came in the final series of BBC comedy May To December. Shortly thereafter, she was offered the part of the socially inept Maggie Jacobs in the BBC Two/HBO comedy series Extras, co-starring with Ricky Gervais. For her work on this show she would receive best television comedy actress and newcomer awards at the 2005 British Comedy Awards. The year after, she won two more British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA nomination, and her role in the 2007 Christmas special earned her an Emmy Award nomination.
Following the success of Extras, Jensen took on her first significant role in US television, playing regular character Christina McKinney on the ABC series Ugly Betty. Although this role was originally intended for an American actor, when she met the show's producers they liked her accent and personality and changed the nationality of the character. She left the show in 2009 after the city of production was changed to West-Coast America.
In January 2009, Jensen starred in No Holds Bard, a BBC Scotland one-off comedy special celebrating Robert Burns, and in this same year she premiered in the American CBS sitcom Accidentally On Purpose, playing Olivia.
Jensen has appeared in several British comedy films, including Lindsey in A Cock And Bull Story, Fannie in Hysteria, Jennifer Lore in Nativity!, and the voices of Nanette and Bryony in the animated films Gnomeo & Juliet and Arthur Christmas respectively.
In 2014 Jensen a central protagonist role in the Sky One crime-based comedy drama Agatha Raisin, in which she plays an amateur detective. Starring alongside Katy Wix and Mathew Horne, her PR whizz character gives up a successful life in London and take-up residence in the village of Carsely, hoping to begin a new dream life. In 2015, Jensen began her role as Fran in the Channel 4 sitcom Catstrophe, playing the friends of the central couple, played by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.
In March 2019, Jensen reunited with Ricky Gervais on the Netflix dark comedy series After Life, about a cynical, pessimistic man who can hardly see the point of life after his wife dies from breast cancer.
- TV Choice Awards 2021
- Best Actress: Longlisted
- BAFTA Scotland Awards 2016
- Best Actress - Television: Nominee
- British Comedy Awards 2008
- Best TV Comedy Actress: Nominee
- Primetime Emmy Awards 2008
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
- BAFTA Television Awards 2006
- Best Comedy Performance: Nominee
- Rose d'Or Awards 2006
- Sitcom Performance (Female): Winner
- British Comedy Awards 2005
- Best TV Comedy Actress: Winner
- British Comedy Awards 2005
- Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist: Winner
|2021||Agatha Raisin - Series 4 Announced||Agatha Raisin|
|2021||Agatha Raisin - Kissing Christmas Goodbye||Agatha Raisin|
|2021||After Life - Series 3||Emma|
|2020||Agatha Raisin - Series 3||Agatha Raisin|
|2020||After Life - Series 2||Emma|
|2019||Agatha Raisin - Series 2||Agatha Raisin|
|2019||After Life - Series 1||Emma|
|2019||Catastrophe - Series 4||Fran|
|2017||Sisters - Series 2||Fiona|
|2017||Catastrophe - Series 3||Fran|
|2017||Parenting For Idiots||Narrator|
|2016||Agatha Raisin - Series 1||Agatha Raisin|
|2015||Catastrophe - Series 2||Fran|
|2015||The Lobster||Biscuit Woman|
|2015||Sisters - Series 1||Fiona|
|2015||Catastrophe - Series 1||Fran|
|2015||The Legend Of Barney Thomson||Actor|
|2014||Agatha Raisin - Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death||Agatha Raisin|
|2013||Love And Marriage||Sarah Paradise|
|2012||John Bishop's Big Year||Announcer|
|2012|| Ronna & Beverly
|2012||The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists||The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (Voice)|
|2011||Arthur Christmas||Bryony (Voice)|
|2011|| Lee Mack's All Star Cast
|2011||Gnomeo & Juliet||Nanette (Voice)|
|2010||Accidental Farmer||Erin Taylor|
|2009||No Holds Bard||Isobel Braid|
|2007||Extras - Special||Maggie Jacobs|
|2007||The Graham Norton Show - Series 2||Guest|
|2006||Extras - Series 2||Maggie Jacobs|
|2006||A Cock And Bull Story||Lindsey|
|2005||Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 9||Guest|
|2005||Extras - Series 1||Maggie Jacobs|
|1994|| Takin' Over The Asylum
|1994||May To December - Series 6||Rosie MacConnachy|
Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Ashley Jensen on IMDb