Simone Ashley | Simone Ashley Bridgerton
Simone Ashley | Simone Ashley Bridgerton

Simone Ashley

Simone Ashwini Pillai was born on 30 March 1995. She is is a British actress professionally known as Simone Ashley. Simone Ashwini is known for her role in Sex Education  (2019), Broadchurch as Dana (2013), and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

On February 15, 2021, it was announced that Simone Ashley had been cast as Kate Sharma, the female lead for season 2 of the Netflix famous series Bridgerton.

Name Simone Ashley
Full Name Simone Ashwini Pillai
Nationality Simone Ashwini Pillai
DOB 30 March 1995
Birth Place Camberley, Surrey, England
Age 27
Height 5′ 10″
Occupation Actress
Mother Latha
Father Gunasekharan
Siblings 1 Elder Brother
Year Active 2016–present

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Simone Ashley Background

Simone Ashley is a British actress of Indian descent. She is born to Tamil Indian parents, she is from Camberley. Ashley has spoken about how despite growing up in a household of academics, she was always drawn more towards the creative fields. Ashley grew up singing classical music and opera and playing the piano.

Later on, her family moved to Beaconsfield where she attended Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead for the sixth form. To learn acting she went to Arts Educational School in London.

Simone Ashley TV-Shows

Year Show Role
2016 Wolfblood  Zuhra 
2016 Guilt Amanda 
2017 Broadchurch Dana
2017 Strike Alicia 
2017 L’ispettore Coliandro Veena 
2018 Doctors Sofia Johal
2019 Casualty Shai Anderson 
2019 Sex Education Olivia Hanan
2020 The Sister Elise Fox
2020 Bridgerton Kate Sharma

Simone Ashley Film

Year Film Role
2018 Boogie Man Aarti
2018 Kill Ben Lyk Girl Ben Lyk
2018 Sparrow Taylor
2019 Detective Pikachu Girlfriend
2019 A Working Mom’s Nightmare Aisha

Ashley comes from a family of academics. And she’s the only one in the family who is not one. But her parents always support her and her career choices, especially given how uncertain her line of work can be.

As she is of Indian origin and with a dark skin tone she is very aware of colorism and racism in the industry. But she doesn’t let it stop her from pursuing her ambitions.

Simone Ashley said in an interview:

“Yes, colorism is an ongoing issue. As is being typecast, being looked over because of the color of your skin, losing roles to girls that are more ‘relatable’ to target audiences and markets. But if I surrender to all of that, where would I be going? Nowhere! F*ck that.”

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