Zawe Ashton

Zawe Ashton

Literary Agent: Eugenie Furniss

Zawe Ashton started acting at the age of six. Her portrayal of Vod in Channel 4’s FRESH MEAT won her a cult following, and the diversity of her work across television, film, and stage has attracted numerous accolades and awards. Recent credits include the BBC/Netflix TV series WANDERLUST and the Netflix feature film VELVET BUZZSAW, in which she starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Colette, and Rene Russo.

Zawe was most recently seen starring on Broadway, with Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox, in the Jamie Lloyd production of Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, in which she had previously garnered acclaim at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End and was nominated for a What’sOnStage Award. Of her Broadway performance, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “a breakout star...her deeply sensitive performance elicits a feminist subtext in Betrayal.” While in BETRAYAL, Zawe made her debut as a playwright in both New York and London with her play, for all the women who thought they were Mad.

In addition to being an accomplished actress, Zawe has also established herself as an award-winning writer, producer and director. She was the youngest winner of the London Poetry Slam Championship in 2000, was nominated for a Verity Bargate Award in 2007 for her debut play Harm’s Way and was nominated for Best British Short at the Raindance Film Festival in 2014 for her directorial debut Happy Toys.

Penguin Random House imprint Chatto and Windus recently published Ashton's first novel, Character Breakdown. The Times describes Ashton’s debut as “…funny, vivid, honest, dark, timely.” The novel takes inspiration from her own experiences as a performer to explore the universal relationship we all have with performance and how it can shroud our truest selves. It was released as an audiobook and in paperback at the beginning of February.

(Photo credit - Conor Clinch)

Books by Zawe Ashton