Photographed in April 2009
May 28, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Known for||Hellraiser series|
Ashley Laurence, born Lori Cohen on May 28, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, is an American actress and artist. She is noted for her appearances in horror films, particularly the Hellraiser series. Ashley's acting career began at a very young age, when she was cast as the strong-willed heroine of Clive Barker's quintessential horror classic: Hellraiser (1987). The award winning actress subsequently appeared in a wide variety of roles for film and TV, including Red, Lightning Bug, ER, and national advertising campaigns for Geico, Coors Lite, AT&T.
Life and career
1984-04: Career beginnings and Hellraiser
Laurence rose to prominence with her breakout role as Kirsty Cotton, the protagonist of Hellraiser (1987), which introduced the horror icon Pinhead. The film is about a man who finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lament Configuration - a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain. Hellraiser was met to critical acclaim and has gained a cult following. Laurence reprised her role as Kirsty in the sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) which was another critical success and commercial success. The first two Hellraiser films have been regarded as horror classics.
Laurence had a cameo appearance in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992). The only other Hellraiser entry in the series to feature Laurence is Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) which gained generally negative reviews upon its release. Laurence has also starred in The Lurking Fear (1994) (an adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft story "The Lurking Fear") and Savate (1995). She was featured in the 2004 E! True Hollywood Story episode "Scream Queens". In 2004, she took a role in Lightning Bug. She plays the mother of a teenage boy who wants to become a special makeup effects artist (a fictionalized version of the director's own life). In a homage to her role in the Hellraiser films, she is seen picking up a copy of Fangoria magazine with Pinhead on the cover.
2005-present: Continued acting and art
Though most of her work has been in film, during the course of her career she has appeared in episodes of television series such as Suddenly Susan, ER and Beverly Hills, 90210, and has been featured in national television commercials for Geico as well as having been the sexy Coors Light "Beerman" in one of the company's national ad campaigns. She was also featured in the Hallmark television movies Gentle Ben and Gentle Ben: Danger on the Mountain. In 2008, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film Red, based on the novel by Jack Ketchum. She also appeared in Slipknot's short film for their song Snuff, which was released in December 2009. It has been announced that Laurence will be in the upcoming film Gutter Slut (2014). Laurence has finished filming for The Green Fairy (2015). In 2014, Laurence made her voice-over debut in the video game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
|1988||Hellbound: Hellraiser II||Kirsty Cotton|
|1990||Face the Edge||Jane|
|1992||Deuce Coupe||Marie Vitelli|
|1992||Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth||Kirsty Cotton|
|1994||Lurking Fear, TheThe Lurking Fear||Cathryn Farrell|
|1994||Stranger by Night||Nicole Miller||Video|
|1996||Real Thing, TheThe Real Thing||Carla|
|1998||Murder of Crows, AA Murder of Crows||Janine DeVrie|
|1999||Warlock III: The End of Innocence||Kris Miller||Video|
|2000||Cypress Edge||Brittany Trummel|
|2002||Hellraiser: Hellseeker||Kirsty Cotton Gooden||Video|
|2004||Lightning Bug||Jenny Graves|
|2015||The Green Fairy|
|1984-1985||Capitol||Brenda Clegg||TV series|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Genna||Episode: "Sail Away"|
|1989||Monsters||Jodie||Episode: "The Match Game"|
|1989||Hunter||Erica||Episode: "Investment in Death"|
|1995||Legend||Libbie Custer||Episode: "Custer's Next to Last Stand"|
|1995||Triplecross||Julia Summers||TV film|
|1995||American Cop||Gina||TV film|
|1996||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Daniela||Episode: "Protean Challenge"|
|1997||Suddenly Susan||Pam||Episode: "The Ways and Means"|
|1999||Beverly Hills, 90210||Ashley Reese||Episode: "Fortune Cookie"|
|2000||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Sandy||Episode: "Damsel"|
|2002||Gentle Ben||Dakota||TV film|
|2003||Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain||Dakota||TV film|
|2004||ER||Campbell||Episode: "Just a Touch"|
|2005||Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder||Francine||TV film|
|2014||The Vanishing of Ethan Carter|