Ashleigh and Pudsey

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Ashleigh and Pudsey
Ashleigh and Pudsey.jpg
Ashleigh and Pudsey at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
Born Ashleigh Butler
(1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 19) Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Pudsey
(2005-12-28) 28 December 2005 (age 8)
Occupation Dog trick act
Years active 2012–present
Agent ROAR Global[1]
Net worth £1m[2] (approx.)
Website
Agent's page

Ashleigh and Pudsey are a British dog trick act, comprising trainer Ashleigh Butler (born 6 February 1995) and Pudsey (born 28 December 2005). Pudsey is a Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested powderpuff cross.[3] They first achieved prominence as contestants in the sixth series of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, which they won on 12 May 2012, becoming the first ever dog trick act to win the competition.[3][4] Since then the pair have starred in many television programmes including Top Dog Model for ITV2 and Who Let the Dogs Out and About? for CBBC.

Career[edit]

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Main article: Britain's Got Talent

Their first Britain's Got Talent performance was in the sixth series. Their audition was held in Cardiff and aired on 7 April 2012. They danced to The Flintstones soundtrack. Although in 2012, four judges were introduced on the panel, on the day of recording Amanda Holden was not able to attend, therefore they performed to the remaining three. With a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges, they were put them through to the next round. Simon Cowell said "Pudsey is one of the best dancing dogs I've ever seen".

They participated in the first semi-final on 6 May 2012, performing to Peppy and George. They were later voted through to the final by the public.

The final was held on 12 May 2012, they performed to the Mission: Impossible theme. The routine involved Pudsey walking across the judging panel and then climbing onto Ashleigh's back. Later that evening Ashleigh and Pudsey won the 2012 series of Britain's Got Talent, beating classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte.

Post Britain's Got Talent[edit]

On 2 June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.[5][6]

Ashleigh and Pudsey were guest judges on the ITV2 reality show Top Dog Model which was aired in September 2012.

As part of the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the 84th Royal Variety Performance on 19 November 2012 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, which aired on ITV on 3 December.[7]

In December 2012, Pudsey played the role of Duchess in David Walliams' TV adaptation of his children's book Mr Stink.

Ashleigh and Pudsey were judges on the one-off ITV talent show That Dog Can Dance! which was hosted by Christine Bleakley. The show was aired on Boxing Day in 2012.

In early 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey starred as co-presenters in the CBBC programme Who Let the Dogs Out and About? which toured the UK throughout the summer of 2012. After a successful stint on the show, Ashleigh and Pudsey became presenters of the main show, Who Let the Dogs Out? which was aired in the Autumn of 2013.

Pudsey: The Movie[edit]

Main article: Pudsey: The Movie

In January 2013, it was announced that Simon Cowell will produce Pudsey: The Movie. The film, which is set to be released on 18 July 2014, will follow Pudsey and his siblings Molly, George and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) and set out to save the village from their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is to be voiced by David Walliams.[8][9]

Theatre[edit]

In December 2012-January 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Dick Whittington alongside Stephen Mulhern, the deal is believed to have been worth around £150,000.[10]

In December 2013-January 2014, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed in Dick Whittington alongside Jodie Prenger at the Opera House, Manchester.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Broadcast date Reference(s)
2012 Britain's Got Talent Contestants 7 April, 6, 11, 12 May
Top Dog Model Guest judges 5–19 September [11]
Mr Stink Duchess (Pudsey only) 23 December [12]
That Dog Can Dance! Judges 26 December [13]
2013 Who Let the Dogs Out and About? Presenters and performers 19 January-23 March
Who Let the Dogs Out? Presenters 16 September-4 October
Guest appearances

Film[edit]

Year Title Role UK Release date Reference(s)
2014 Pudsey: The Movie Himself (Pudsey Only) 18 July

Writing[edit]

On 11 October 2012, Pudsey's "official" autobiography, Pudsey: My autobidography, was published by the Sphere imprint of publisher Little, Brown.[23] The book formed part of a £100,000 publishing deal with Ashleigh Butler.[24][25]

Charity work and campaigns[edit]

Since June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey have been fronting a PETA campaign calling for a ban on cruelty to animals in circuses.[26][27] In December 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey launched a Christmas appeal alongside Vets4Pets to highlight the risks that pets face over the Christmas period.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Mark Jefferies (2012-07-05). "Britain's Got Talent dog Pudsey is a millionaire with new book and panto deals - 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Ashleigh and Pudsey become first dog trick act to win Britain's Got Talent". The Telegraph. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey win Britain's Got Talent". BBC News. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Katherine Jenkins, Ashleigh and Pudsey all look gorgeous at Epsom racecourse". The Mirror. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Happy & glorious! Never a merrier Monarch ... as smiles and jubilations are the order of Derby day at Epsom". Daily Mail. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pudsey waltzes away with the BGT crown". The Independent. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Published Wednesday, Jan 23 2013, 12:34 GMT (2012-12-20). "'Britain's Got Talent' Simon Cowell to produce Ashleigh and Pudsey film - Britain's Got Talent News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  9. ^ Published Thursday, Jan 24 2013, 14:53 GMT (2012-12-20). "Kristen Stewart wanted for Simon Cowell's Ashleigh and Pudsey movie - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  10. ^ New Victoria Theatre. "Dick Whittington Woking Tickets - New Victoria Theatre Panto 2012". Atgtickets.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  11. ^ Published Monday, Jul 9 2012, 09:48 BST (2012-07-09). "Ashleigh & Pudsey to star in 'Top Dog Model' on ITV2 - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  12. ^ Published Monday, Oct 8 2012, 10:10 BST (2012-10-08). "'Britain's Got Talent' Pudsey makes TV acting debut in 'Mr Stink' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  13. ^ Published Thursday, Oct 11 2012, 08:38 BST (2012-10-11). "Simon Cowell 'launching dog talent show Take The Lead' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  14. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey | Showbiz| Daybreak ITV1". Itv.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  15. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey | Showbiz | Lorraine". ITV. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  16. ^ 'America's Got Talent' 2012 elimination recap: A dancing dog, extreme sports and a few light wires come out on top
  17. ^ "Pudsey and Pudsey - Children in Need 2012 - BBC One". YouTube. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ "Super Famous Animals". Itvstudiosuk.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  20. ^ [3][dead link]
  21. ^ Published Thursday, Jan 17 2013, 00:01 GMT (2013-01-17). "'Britain's Got Talent' Pudsey to dance 'Gangnam Style' at NTAs - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  22. ^ 10.00pm - 10.50pm (2013-03-07). "Celebrity Juice Episode 2 | presscentre". Itv.com. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  23. ^ "L,B acquires Pudsey 'autobidography'". The Bookseller. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "BGT's Ashley and Pudsey celebrate book launch | News | Britains Got Talent | Reality TV | What's on TV". Whatsontv.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  25. ^ "Pudsey gets his paws on a book deal! - Britain's Got Talent - Article". Talent.itv.com. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  26. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey front new PETA campaign". STV. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey front new PETA campaign". London Evening Standard. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Ashleigh and Pudsey back Christmas pet campaign | Anglia - ITV News". Itv.com. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 

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