Zawe Ashton stars in "Guerrilla" on Showtime as Omega.

Zawe Ashton is one of the most unique and interesting young British actresses working today, with her short-yet-successful career spanning stage, television and film. As well as acting, she has recently started writing, directing and producing her own short films. She is also an award-winning playwright. In 2006 she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University and was immediately awarded the position of Young Writer in Residence at the Contact Theatre, leading to her first ever play "Harm's Way" being nominated for the Verity Bargate Award.
 
On UK television, Zaqe starred as "Vod" in Channel 4's cult hit and award-winning program "Fresh Meat," from the award-winning creators of "Peep Show." She also starred in Channel 4's comedy-drama series "Not Safe for Work." Other notable television credits include E4's award-winning "Misfits," Channel 4's "Coming Up: Raising Baby Rio," and BBC1's "Case Histories," where she played the female lead Deborah Arnold opposite Jason Isaacs.

Zawe first came to the attention of the film industry in 2009, with her scene-stealing turn as rude girl Bianca in "St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold." At the same time she also secured the female lead role of WPC Elizabeth Falls in "Blitz," directed by Elliott Lester and co-starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen. In 2011, Zawe appeared in "Weekender," directed by Karl Golden, about a group of friends in the 1990s and their journey through the dark reaches of the rave scene. That same year she also starred in "Dreams of a Life," a documentary drama, directed by BAFTA-winning Carol Morley, telling the heartbreaking story of her character, Joyce Vincent, whose dead body lay undiscovered in a north London flat for three years.

In 2014 Zawe made her directorial debut with the short film "Happy Toys," which was a co-production with BBC Films and follows the story of the woman who works as a bear mascot in a toy shop and the difficult relationship she has with her daughter. Since then, she has gone on to make her second short film "The Place We Go to Hide," which follows two sleepwalkers: Martha (Daisy Lowe) and Quentin (Tom Ellis), who check into a hotel as returning guests and live parallel lives during their waking hours.



In her first year after graduation, Zawe performed in three plays at the Royal Court Theatre: the Olivier Award-winning "Gone Too Far!," "Rhinoceros" and "The Arsonists." She has appeared twice at Shakespeare's Globe in "Othello" and their first ever contemporary play "The Frontline." Other theatrical credits include the critically acclaimed "This Wide Night" for Clean Break at Soho Theatre. For her role in "Salome" in 2011 Zawe received second prize at the prestigious Ian Charleson Award which recognizes the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under thirty. Zawe's more recently appeared at The Royal Court in "Narrative," written and directed by Anthony Neilson, and The Donmar in Abi Morgan's devastating play "Splendour."


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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: July 21, 1984
Height: 5' 10"


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