Ashley Walters

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This article is about the English rapper and actor. For the rapper who partnered Daddy Freddy, see Asher D (rapper). For others named Ashley Walters, see Ashley Walters (disambiguation).
Ashley Walters
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Walters filming Truckers in 2013
Background information
Also known as Asher D
Born (1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 32)
Peckham, London, England
Genres UK garage, grime, hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Years active 1992–present
Labels Crescent Moon Media/AD82 Records
Associated acts So Solid Crew, Mis-Teeq

Ashley Walters (born 30 June 1982), also known as Asher D, is an English rapper and actor.

Early life[edit]

Walters was born in Peckham, London. He was raised by his mother, Pamela Case, a local government officer.[1] He attended St. Georges CE Primary School, Camberwell from the age of 4. After graduating, Walters starred in some popular stage productions of the time.

Music career[edit]

Musically, he is best known as Asher D in the group So Solid Crew. He enjoyed relative success as a lyricist, particularly for their number 1 hit "21 Seconds". After the group split, he went on to focus on other projects, most recently 2006's In Memory of the Street Fighter, featuring the single "Andrea". He released a studio album in 2008 entitled The Appetiser, a 12-track album produced by both him and Laurence Ezra. With Dewi Bruce Konuah, he co-owns a production company called AD82 Productions, specialising in talent in the British music and film industries. Early 2012, he signed a recording contract with the independent record label, SK Records, founded by the British singer-songwriter Simon Webbe and his business partners Karan and Preeti Singh. Ashher's single "How You Like Me Now" was released on 29 July 2012. In November 2012, Asher appeared on Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth's "Fire in the Booth" show, while on 12 November 2012 his second single for SK "Your Love" was released and featured vocals from Alesha Dixon.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Walters is also an actor, appearing under his full name, Ashley Walters. He appeared as Omar in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles at the age of 10, and as Andy in Grange Hill at the age of 14. He appeared in Bullet Boy, where he played Ricky who had just came out of jail to start a new life, a role for which he was named Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. He also appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

He played the role of Wolf in the film Stormbreaker, and Danny in Life and Lyrics, for which he has received many plaudits. He starred in WΔZ alongside Selma Blair and Melissa George, and Sugarhouse. He played Lacey in the BBC Three drama pilot West 10 LDN. He appeared in five episodes of the fourth series of BBC TV drama Hustle, playing Billy Bond. He has appeared in the MTV series Top Buzzer and played the role of Al B in the 2006 production House of 9 alongside Dennis Hopper. He has appeared on stage at the Royal National Theatre in Roy Williams' Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads[3] and the Royal Court Theatre in Levi David Addai's Oxford Street.[4] Another feature film, Tuesday, sees him playing a jewel thief. He appeared in Bola Agbaje's play Off the Endz at the Royal Court Theatre during February and March 2010.

He made appearances in police drama The Bill and firefighting drama London's Burning. His Grange Hill history and autobiography was referenced by the comedian Stewart Lee on 16 March 2009, on the BBC2 show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle in the episode themed on "Toilet Books". He also appeared in 2009's TV adaptation of Small Island and as Jack Holt in the short-lived drama Outcasts on the BBC in February and March 2011.

For the BBC Learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare", Walters delivered one of Shakespeare's best known speeches, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?" from Romeo and Juliet.[5] In October 2011, Walters starred in the Arjun Rose slasher Demons Never Die. From 31 October 2011, he played Dushane in a four part drama Top Boy. In February 2012, he played Chris in the BBC drama Inside Men. In 2013 Walters reprised his role as main character Dushane in the second series of Top Boy.

He managed to get in trouble with the producers on the first day of filming Doctor Who when he tweeted a picture of himself in his costume in his trailer with the word "space". The picture was immediately removed.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ashley married Danielle Isaie on 22 June 2013 they had a daughter in early September 2014, Amiaya-Love Walters. Walters has two sons (Paniro and Shayon) and one daughter (China Shereece) with ex-partner Natalie. He also has two young daughters Antonia and Ashleigh Walters. [6] In July 2001, following an argument with a traffic warden, he was found to be carrying a loaded Brocock air pistol modified to fire live ammunition. He was arrested and, in 2002, jailed for 18 months, in a young offenders' institute. Having spent the previous nine months in custody, he subsequently served an additional nine months to complete his sentence.[7][8] On 31 March 2014 he was fined £600 after he admitted assaulting a security guard in Aberdeen in September 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Take 2 Bro Short film
2000 The Elevator Young man
Some Voices Kitchen hand
Born Romantic Lee
2004 Bullet Boy Ricky
2005 House of 9 Al B Credited as Asher D
Goal! Carl Francis
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Antoine
2006 Stormbreaker Wolf
Cubs Karl Short film
Life and Lyrics Danny Lewis
2007 WΔZ Daniel Leone
Sugarhouse D
2008 Speed Racer Prince Kabala
Tu£sday Billy
2011 Fedz Cherokee Blame Short film
Reparations for the Soul The Entity
Anuvahood Cracks
Sket Trey
Demons Never Die Bates
2012 St. George's Day Kootz
2013 Grace and Danger Felling
The Charlatans Writer and director

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Omar 1 episode: "My First Aventure (1992)"
1997 Grange Hill Andy Phillips 10 episodes
1999 The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Stuart Lawrence
2000 The Coral Island Jack
Storm Damage Stefan
Urban Gothic Leo Episode: "Dead Meat"
The Bill Michael Dexter Episode: "Search Me"
Never Never Lee
2001 Shockers: Parent's Night Brian
The Whistle-Blower Keith Lindo
The Bill Jess Thomas Episode: "Lick of Paint"
Dark Realm Student Episode: "Castle Keep"
2002 The Hidden City Sid 21 episodes
2003 Holby City Roy Woodley Episode: "One of Our Own"
2004 Top Buzzer Bugsy Episode: "Germination"
2005 Last Rights Max
2007 Hustle Billy Bond Series 4
2008 West 10 LDN Lacey
2009 Small Island Michael
2010 Five Days Jamal Matthews
2011 Bedlam Mark Episode: "Committed"
Outcasts Jack Holt
Top Boy Dushane Series 1
2012 Inside Men Chris
True Love Paul Episode: "Story Four"
Sinbad Abdul-Fahim Episode: "House of Games"
2013 Doctor Who Van Baalen Episode: "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"
2013 Top Boy Dushane Series 2
2013 Truckers Steven Warley
2014 The Musketeers Charon Episode: "The Homecoming"
2014 The Secrets Episode 4
2014 Silent Witness DI Dale Carter Episode: "Fraternity" Parts 1 & 2

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date Title Chart positions Credit
UK
2002 Why Me?
  • Unreleased debut studio album
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Asher D
14 June 2004 Street Sibling
  • Second studio album
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Asher D
9 October 2006 In Memory of the Street Fighter
  • Third studio album
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Asher D
26 February 2009 Ashley Walters
  • Fourth studio album
-
Ashley Walters

Mixtapes[edit]

Date Title Chart positions Credit
UK
June 2006 Cure 4 Cancer
  • First mixtape
-
Asher D
4 February 2007 The Appetiser
  • Second mixtape
-
Asher D
15 December 2011 Forgotten Treasures Vol. 1
  • Third mixtape
-
Ashley Walters
31 December 2011 Forgotten Treasures Vol. 2
  • Forth mixtape
-
Ashley Walters
31 December 2011 Forgotten Treasures Vol. 3
  • Fifth mixtape
-
Ashley Walters
2 January 2012 Forgotten Treasures Vol. 4
  • Sixth mixtape
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Ashley Walters
16 February 2012 Forgotten Treasures: The Complete Legacy
  • Compilation mixtape
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Ashley Walters

Singles[edit]

Date Title Chart positions Album Credit
UK
27 May 2002 "Back in the Day"/"Why Me?" #43 Why Me? Asher D
14 February 2006 "This is Real" In Memory of the Street Fighter Asher D
1 August 2006 "Andrea" Asher D
9 July 2007 "Still Here" Asher D
5 November 2007 "Inside Out" Non-album single Asher D featuring Ghetto
28 July 2008 "Lies" Baby J featuring Ashley Walters
28 October 2008 "M.O. (Pt. 2)" Ashley Walters Ashley Walters
12 January 2009 "With You" Ashley Walters featuring Mutya Buena
18 May 2009 "Own Two Feet" Ashley Walters featuring Chipmunk
29 July 2012 "How You Like Me Now" TBC Ashley Walters featuring Lisa Moorish
11 November 2012 "Your Love" Ashley Walters featuring Alesha Dixon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who is Asher D?, BBC Newsround, 25 March 2002
  2. ^ "Ashley Walters interview by Pete Lewis". Bluesandsoul.com. December 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Royal Court Presents Oxford Street". Royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Schools – Teachers – Off By Heart Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?"". BBC. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  6. ^ ttp://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-10-31/ashley-walters-on-the-perils-of-being-top-boy Ashley Walters on the perils of being Top Boy], Radio Times, 31 October 2011
  7. ^ Asher D gets jailed for gun crime, BBC Newsround, 25 March 2002
  8. ^ So Solid Crew rapper sentenced to 18 months for having loaded gun, Daily Telegraph, 26 March 2002

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