Kate Ashfield

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Kate Ashfield
Born (1972-05-28) 28 May 1972 (age 47)
Birmingham, England
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1994–present

Kate Ashfield (born 28 May 1972) is an English actress, earlier known for her award-winning roles as Jody in the Anglo-German film Late Night Shopping, as Sadie MacGregor in the British film This Little Life and as Liz in the 2004 film, Shaun of the Dead.

Early life[edit]

Ashfield was born in Oldham, England. Educated at the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, in Birmingham, she was one of the first girls to join the sixth form of King Edward VI Five Ways. She trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance.


She has appeared in many films, television and theatre productions. Her first film role came in 1994 as Ella in John Wells' film Princess Caraboo. One of Ashfield's first stage appearances was in the 1995 Royal Court Theatre production of Blasted by Sarah Kane and in 1996 controversially appeared topless in Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking.[1]

She has performed in numerous plays associated with the In-yer-face theatre movement[clarification needed], and was invited to speak on the subject at the University of the West of England's 2002 In-Yer-Face?: British Drama in the 1990s conference.[2]

In 2009, she appeared in a short film "War School", raising awareness on the use of child soldiers. The film won the CTRL.ALT.SHIFT film competition, where the public were able to 'Take action' and buy a football, in which all proceeds went to the Coalition to Stop the use of Child Soldiers. She has featured in The Diary of Anne Frank and Collision, and will next work on the thriller Hush.[citation needed]

In April 2011, she played Manchester United's club secretary, Alma George, in the BBC television drama, United which centred on the Munich air disaster.




  1. ^ "Kate Ashfield: Driven to the edge". The Independent. 18 March 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  2. ^ Aleks Sierz, Report on the "In-Yer-Face? British Drama in the 1990s" conference at the University of the West of England, Bristol, 6–7 September 2002, in New Theatre Quarterly, Volume 19/Issue 01/February 2003, pp, 90–91.

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