Ashley made his humble amateur theatre debut at university in 2008, where he joined an improvised comedy theatre troupe (“Off the Cuff”) and quickly discovered an avid love of character acting. Since then, he has thrived on throwing himself headlong into quirky, physical characters.
After two years of regularly performing on the Melbourne amateur theatre stage (playing such characters as Curly in “Oklahoma!”; Roy in “Cosi”; Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; Lawrence in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”; The Poet in “Kismet” & Garry LeJeune in “Noises Off”); Ashley eventually went on to earn himself a role as a TV presenter (“Planet 31”; & “Melbourne 22” on Channel 31). He also performed at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival in “Coming Soon… The End!” and has received two nominations for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy (Lyrebirds; and Victorian Drama League).
He has always had a deep love of performing for children; and considers his most rewarding roles to have been when he played the White Rabbit in an outdoor pantomime of “Alice in Wonderland” (Australian Shakespeare Company; Summer 2011); and when he played the villain in “A Series of One Act Plays” (BATS Theatre Company, 2008) which the kids adored.
In his other life, Ashley works as a physiotherapist at two separate medical clinics. His working history includes a short stint at the Royal Children's Hospital, where he did a clinical placement in the neurology department. He loves the contrast and the creative release that performing brings to his life; and loves the fact that his position with Tony Bones enables him to entertain and interact with kids while doing so. He also loves hearing people’s reactions in the clinic when he tells them what he gets up to in his spare time!