Daniela Denby-Ashe

Daniela Denby-Ashe


8/9/1978, London, United Kingdom

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Also Known As

Daniela Denby Ashe, Daniella Denby-Ashe, Daniella Denby Ashe
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Daniela starred in the theatre production of The Countess at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Criterion Theatre in London.

    • Her father moved to from Poland to Britain when he was only twelve years old.

    • Daniela's mother was born in Britain to Polish parents and raised in France.

    • Daniela appeared in the television movies Is Harry On The Boat? as Lorraine, and in 2006's The Family Man as Kelly.

    • She only appeared in one episode of the fourth season of My Family, before reverting back to a starring character for the show's fifth season.

    • She only had a recurring role for the third season of My Family instead of her starring role of the previous two seasons.

    • Daniela appeared in Lesley Masters' Wormwood, a winning play in the London Radio Playwrights' Festival.

    • In 1995 she appeared as the teenager Kelly in the play Shiver Breathing, which won the Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition.

    • She starred in the TV movie North & South, playing the role of Margaret Hale.

    • She has a rare blood disorder that forced her to give up her ballet dancing as it would have resulted in her feet turning a permanent purple/red colour.

    • She is 1.63 metres (5 foot 4 inches) tall.

    • 2005 saw Daniela starring in Ring Around The Bath, a Radio 4 comedy.

    • Her first recurring role in a television series came in 1995, when she starred as Sarah Hills in the long-running British soap EastEnders. She remained on the show until 1999.

    • Her first role in a television show came in the British comedy classic Absolutely Fabulous, where she played Saffy's daughter.

    • She commenced her television career by appearing in a series of commercials for various products.

    • Her father's surname was Pszkit, but both he and his wife wished to have a more English sounding surname as they had taken up residence in London. In order to choose a name, they searched the telephone directory for one they liked. One wanted Denby, the other Ashe, so they decided to combine both of them together.

    • She is fluent in English, Polish and French.

    • Daniela is of Polish descent.

    • Daniela studied ballet and tap dancing as a child, and began acting at age ten.

    • She has a brother, who's two years her junior.

  • Quotes

    • Daniela: By the time I was ten I was dying to get into a theatre school for acting. My parents were dead set against the idea at first because they were concerned that I get a good education but I wore them out! I really wanted to act so badly and conveyed it well enough to my parents that they finally let me audition for a theatre school. It closed down after two months, unfortunately. Luckily I got into another one very soon afterwards called the Corona Academy in Hammersmith. I don't believe it had anything to do with the Mexican beer but you never know! After seven months that one closed down because the head mistress was retiring.

    • Daniela: Well, I began dancing at two-and-a-half. Ballet. Then at about five came the tap lessons. You know, the sort of stuff a lot of little girls over here get into.