Claire Ashton Pro

Actor, Extra, Model, Photographer, Dancer,… more

Brighton, United Kingdom
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Physical Attributes

Height:
160 cm / 5ft 3in
Hips:
96 cm / 38 in
Weight:
59 kg / 129 lbs
Dress size:
UK 10 / AUS 10 / US 6
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Eye color:
Blue
Chest:
96 cm / 38 in
Hair color:
Auburn
Skin color:
White
Hair length:
Medium
Waist:
78 cm / 31 in
Hair type:
Wavy

Credits & experience

2019
  • Belgravia : Barmaid
  • Charity Ident : shopper
  • RPLG : Lady at a church service
  • ITLR : Secretary
  • Kingsmen Prequel : Munitions worker 1940s
  • Last Christmas : choir member at Christmas gathering
  • Age of Anxiety, Pete Townshend : soprano
2018
  • Saint Maud : Double for Jennifer Ehle
  • Do the Right Thing : "Naked" Cleaner
  • Advert for Mamma Mia : theatre audience
  • Dark Money : Lady rushing at Airport
  • The Crown, Caernarvon Castle; Caernarvon town; Carnarvon Bay : Charles' Investiture Attendee 1969
  • War Requiem, Coventry Cathedral 14th November 2018 : First and Second Soprano performance in remembrance of the Coventry Bombing
  • Rocket Man : USA passerby/ Pall Mall Shopper
  • Summerland : Mother of evacuee
  • Downton Film : York Passerby
  • Elgar Concert (of CD songs) Brighton Dome : First Soprano
  • Poldark : Gypsy
  • Barclays training photography shoot : Barclays employee
  • BBC Christmas Short : Christmas Market Shopper Cromer Pier
  • The Rook : " Stern Lady" featured
  • BA Ident : Freddy Mercury Fan
  • Durufle Requiem San Riquier Abbey : soprano in Brighton Festival chorus and Somme Orchestra collaboration
  • Silent Witness , Peacehaven : Police Constable
  • Bollywood Dancing : Guest at the Ballroom
  • The Rook : Millionairess
  • Brighton Festival Chorus War Requiem : soprano
  • Brighton Festival Chorus Belthazzars Feast : soprano
  • Alan Partridge Show : Audience Guest
  • Tracey Breaks the News : Bank visitor
  • Buscopan advert : Lady in restaurant
  • Elgar Recording 'Ecce Sacerdos Magnus' CD Barry Wordsworth : Soprano, Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Romanoffs series : Covent Garden Shopper
  • Walkers Crisps 70th Year Commercial : Soprano Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours : Hen Party-goer
  • PURE : Adult Event goer in various states of undress
  • Cunard Ident Event Showcase Cinema de Lux : Playing a high class client 'Larelle'
  • Lucky Man 3 : Ceremonial Policewoman
  • The Informer : Reporter
2017
  • Wedding Winners 2018 : Guest
  • Nuffield Health Advert : Lady on rower
  • Christopher Robin (Mysterious Productions) , Royal Courts of Justice : Passer by/ lady who lost her cat
  • The Rebels : stoned hippie on the beach
  • Cadbury's fingers advert : Featured Chocoholic
  • Dinner with Herve : Party guest/ Fan
  • Justice League... : Woman looking up
  • Paddy Power Advert Charlton Athletic : Football Fan
  • Swimming With Men : Mother at poolside party
  • Peterloo : 1900s Lady with Parasol at the Races
  • Angel : 70s lady shopper on underground
  • Born A King : Train Passenger/ Fairground Customer/ Passer By
  • Election Ident : Angry wanting justice lady saying things including " I want politicians held to account".. I do!!!
  • Harmonium Brighton Festival -Brighton Dome : soprano 2
  • Endeavour : Patron
  • Silent Witness : Commuter
  • First Direct advert : Commuter
  • Symfunny : Soprano in Variety all star concert for Parkinsons
  • Stan and Ollie : Irish Audience
  • New Edwardian series : Posh Diner
  • New Edwardian series : Posh Department Store Shopper
  • New Edwardian series : Lady at a concert
  • Crown Netflix : Protestor /Featured Protestor
  • "Strike" : Nerdy Publisher
  • Ellen Kent's La Bohème : Townswoman/Diner
  • Gone : Sky Atlantic : CID Officer
  • Crown Netflix : High class guest
  • Mental Health Charity Shoot : Mechanic
  • McMafia : Jewish Mourner
  • Recording for Vera Lynn100 album 2017 : Soprano
2016
  • Final Score : Russian fan
  • Final Score : West Ham Supporter
  • Final Score : Posh guest at recital- Charlton House
  • Eastenders : Chippy and Mini Mart customer
  • Eastenders : Vehicle passenger/ passer by
  • Charity Shoot ; Croydon : anonymous
  • Eastenders : Market Shopper
  • On Chesil Beach : Recital Visitor Noughties
  • On Chesil Beach : Recital visitor Sixties
  • The Children Act : Journalist
  • AUTOPSY : Fundraiser
  • Guerilla : Mother in Council office/ passer by
  • It Folds Devised Edinburgh play , Summerhall Edinburgh Festival 2016 : Harmonising Spirit ( Soprano)
  • Guerilla : Protest scene
  • Guerilla : Typing Pool
  • BEAST : Lady at Fete (Whiteley Village)
  • BEAST : Party Guest
  • Concert for Europe : Beethoven 9 : Soprano
  • Eastenders : Featured Restaurant Visitor
  • Eastenders : passerby (Kath)
  • Eastenders : Market Visitor
  • The White Princess : Villager
  • Death of Stalin : Mourner
  • The Somme 1916 : Soprano Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Death of Stalin : Comedy Audience
  • The Level : Lady on Pier
  • The Golden Circle : Festival Goer
  • Passage of my Youth : Teacher at a Ballroom
  • Sky Advert Highbury : Football fan
  • Dream of Gerontius : Soprano in the Brighton Festival Chorus with Matthew Rose-conducted by Ed Gardner
  • Corporate Shoot for Bank : Executive at a conference
  • The Level : Mum at the park
  • YMBBT : various roles
  • Carmen : Ellen Kent company : Flower girl ; Habenara girl ; Tavern girl.
  • TABOO co produced by Ridley Scott : Prostitute
  • Eastenders : prison visitor
  • Denial : Reporter
2015
  • Berlioz Requiem Albert Hall : Soprano Brighton Festival Chorus
  • The Conjuring 2 : Theatre Audience/Market Lady
  • The Times advert : Football supporter MK Stadium
  • Demain Tout Commence : Passer by
  • Drowning in Sunshine : Beach Guest at Barbecue
  • YMBBT : various roles
  • The Holly Kean Experiment : Customer at boutique
  • 'Nightingale' : screen test for a London type
  • Midsomer Murders : Rider
  • Housefull : Holidaymaker
  • The Crown : Dignitary
  • 2 Hours : Journalist (feat)
  • TKMAXX advert : winter warmer
  • The Hippopotamus : Mourner (featured)
  • Mr Selfridge : Lady by the lift
  • Killing Jesus TV Series : Soprano on soundtrack
  • Songs of Praise- Tribute to the Queen : soprano
  • ADHM : Featured Role : French Language student
  • Eastenders : cafe lady
  • Scala Video for The Thirst : gig attender
  • Sex Doll : Geek Girl (featured) in bar
  • Azhar : Posh Party VIP
  • Ticket to Bollywood : Reporter
  • Sex Doll : VIP
  • The Crown : Theatre Goer
  • Endeavour : Bingo Goer
  • The Beautiful Fantastic : Nun
  • Mr Selfridge : Autograph hunter
  • SONY ident : businesswoman passer by
  • 'CUFFS' : Featured Commissions Officer
  • Beauty &The Beast : Wedding Guest/ Animation fodder
  • Florence Foster Jenkins : American lady (featured)
  • Mr Selfridge : Art Deco/ Fashion shopper
  • Glagolitic Mass : Soprano Brighton Festival Chorus; Brighton Festival 2015
  • Mr Selfridge : Customer at a fashion show
  • Serial Killer : Waitress (featured)
  • 'CUFFS' : Featured Clerk in court
  • Alleycats : pub goer
  • St John Passion -Opera Brighton Dome (Brighton Festival Chorus) : Soprano
  • The Dresser : Theatre Goer. Hackney Empire
  • Storage Hunters UK : featured /bidder
  • Rigoletto- Ellen Kent Opera Company : Chorus/ Dancer
  • Le Grande Jeu : Commuter
2014
  • Rise of the Krays : Lady in Casino 1963
  • Video for politician : interviewee/gallery goer
  • Big Sing : Soprano Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Mr Selfridge : Hat shopper in furry hat
  • Triumph of the Skies III : patient in pink stripy pyjamas
  • A Hundred Streets : Wedding Reception Guest in East London pub
  • Mr Selfridge : Lady in Garden
  • Interceptor : Casino Visitor
  • Phantom : mother in danger
  • Race for Life (for Cancer) Advert : Fun Runner
  • Slight Trick of the Mind : bookshop customer
  • The Royals : Royalist- Blenheim Palace
  • Mr Selfridge : Wedding Guest
  • Not Going Out : Wedding Guest
  • Aida- Ellen Kent Opera Company : Egyptian Dancer/ Villager
  • Eastenders : A & E Nurse "Wolford Hospital" !
  • "Suffragette" : Laundryworker / passerby
  • Up the Women : Studio Audience (Featured)
  • Made In Dagenham Photoshoot : Female Car Factory Worker
  • Beethoven Tour : Soprano with the Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Woman in Black -Angel of Death : Aldwych Civilian 2014
2013
  • Verdi Requiem tour; Brittany (Amiens Rennes etc) : Soprano with Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Woman in Black -Angel of Death : Bluebell Railway Civilian
  • Theory Of Everything : '70s Beach Picknicker
  • Mr Selfridge : Feat Typist
  • Web Series - Drowning in Sunshine- Brighton : Reveller-Nudist Beach
  • AXA Corporate Commerical : '80s Extra- the Lanes
  • Big Sing : Songs of Praise Christmas- Royal Albert Hall
  • Breathless (ITV) : Doctors Wife - production-new series
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV) : Regents Park Walker ;Shore-ditch Shopper
  • Harry Hill The Movie : Feat.Audience Member
  • The Alan Partridge Movie : Furious Waver- Coogan Fan
  • Novartis Corporate : Miss Atopic Dermatitis 2013 .;)
  • The Muppets Again : Irish Audience/ Fan
  • (Adventures in Space and Time)...The Making Of Dr Who : three 60's secretaries for the price of one!
2012
  • City Lit Actors in Training 1,2 and 3; Stanislavski : looking at different forms of acting,and performing in groups and alone
  • Loaded TV Babe IQ : participating in IQ quiz for pinups!
  • Black Mirror : Heckler
  • One Chance : audience member
  • Big Sing : featured Soprano (Brighton Festival Chorus) for Christmas and New Years' Songs of Praise since 2009
  • Molly Moon : audience member
  • You Me Bum Bum Train : Passenger /Customer/ Aerobics
  • Call The Midwife : '50s Shopper
  • Same Life (11th Hour Films) : Extra in French Cafe scene
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV) : Lady in Restaurant
  • Les Miserables (Tom Hooper) : Parisian
  • Mystery Jets (Jack King) : Lollipop Lady :American Dream Sequence
  • London Ishq (Yash Chopra) : Homeless/ Passer By Accident Scene/Posh Shopper/
2011
  • Sun Promotional Advert for The Olympics : Nurse participating in the Olympics!
  • Skyfall (Sam Mendes) : Gallery Goer, the National
  • Great Expectations 2012(Mike Newell) : played one of Wemmick's neighbours and a passer by
  • Big Sing : featured Soprano (Brighton Festival Chorus) for Christmas and New Years' Songs of Praise-three years running!
  • Austenland 2012 : I played a Maid in the fairground scene with Jane Seymour
  • Morrisons Christmas commercial : Christmas Shopper
  • Lucozade Yes Campaign : Fans of skateboarding pop group
  • Now Is Good (Ol Parker) : Passer by Brighton Pier /Brighton Laines
  • Desi Boyz : Teacher ;Oxford graduation scene Balliol College
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(John Madden) : Airport security. Maddog
2010
  • The Steamie : Vocals for the Christmas play
  • Credited in a History Channel reconstruction to be aired next year (2011) : Woman in Court
  • Featured SA in remake Tamil Comedy 'Thillu Mullu' (wedding scene) : wedding guest by the sea
  • You Me Bum Bum Train : Performer in the Airport,Sushi and Bodysurf scenes
  • SA in 'Woulda Coulda Shoulda'-out 2011 : Wedding Guest,Norwich Cathedral
2009
  • Veer : SA in 4 different scenes
2003
  • Brighton Festival Chorus : -to present:-Includes semi chorus (soprano) ,including singing abroad, R.Albert Hall Proms/World Premieres etc
  • P/T work : -to 2006 : Telesales for Olan Mills/ TO PRESENT: -merchandiser in Asda- much 'people' experience
2002
  • University of Brighton BA Hons Visual and Performing Art grad. : (1987-1997)Aerobics;movement;Acting;Set and Publicity Design ; Marketing; Directing and Video Making;Art exhibitions Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Norwich Theatre Royal;
1999
  • End of the Affair (Neil Jordan) : Brighton Fair-Goer
1986
  • A levels including theatre and Drama Diploma : also grade 6 piano
1980
  • Wolska : my ballet teacher age 6-12!

Acting

Acting experience

Previous paid speaking roles


Languages
  • English
  • French

Accents
  • UK English

Union memberships
  • BECTU

HACKERS OPERA BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2017- Played Theresa May..SPRING FESTIVAL - Landlady in TWO. EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2016- Singing Ghost in Fringe. Actors in Training and Actors Studio London WC2 & Acting for Camera- Stephen Billington (Brookside/ Hollyoaks); Diploma from Year Out Stratford On Avon (pioneer year); Foundation Drama City Lit 2014. Featured in a scene of a new film with Ian Mckellan,. Reception nurse in Eastenders; and on the Suffragette film (working title) with Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan- washerwoman crew! Stint alongside Jack Davenport featured as a colleague's wife in Breathless; as three different secretaries in the Making of Dr Who ; am a soprano singer/ Parisian in the Les Miserables film/ Soundtrack ;and am in all Mr Selfridge series most recently scenes with Jeremy Piven and as a secretary in a scene with Sam West ! ; am in various TV audiences including the Mysterious and Intense Black Mirror where I heckled the protagonist .I am the Lollipop Lady for the new Mystery Jets Album; sing in the Christmas Big Sing at the Albert Hall over the last 5 years featured during songs..and was featured nurse in Olympics New Year advert ; Art Gallery visitor in Skyfall and featured 'wench' in Great Expectations cannon scene ! Also am a maid /villager for Austenland , released this year; holidaymaker in Now is Good and was a security guard in the Best Marigold Hotel checking in some of the cast. In 2010 I was also in several scenes of the Bollywood film,Veer which was a great experience and have also worked on the comedy remake of 'Thillu Mullu' in Sussex ,and 'Woulda Coulda Shoulda'- Norwich also out this year. I enjoy acting in comedy and make people laugh ! But I also was a featured artist at the Law Courts Lewes for a 19th Century 'serious' historical reconstruction for screening for the History Channel 2011. I am also a member of the New Venture Theatre , Brighton. My degree included a site specific show and I have taken part in Site specific most recently three different characters in You Me BumBum Train London; and with Dreamthinkspeak in Brighton and Edinburgh. I have been a member of the Brighton Festival Chorus for 7 years and we are the featured choir Richard E grant's film ,First Night; 3 Christmas 'Big Sings' recorded September for Christmas where I was featured 5 times this year!! ; in 2009 and 2010! Also twice sung in the Proms, at Leeds Castle and English venues and in concerts abroad as well as every Brighton Festival piece since 2003. Pieces can be theatrical like St John Passion ,Harmonium and Dame Edna's British tour.As a choir we we have just recorded backing for Joe Mcelderry and Alfie Boe's latest albums (both in the charts ) and we appeared in the Bring Him Home Tour televised Internbational film with Alfie Boe in December!!! That week also saw me chosen as the nurse for the Sun newspaper's Olympics promotional advert shown on New years Day (it was a good birthday week!) I have a degree in Theatre and Visual Practice and I have diplomas in jewellery design and acting .I designed a set for children in Sheringham in Norfolk and have been involved in shows at the Brighton and Edinburgh festivals. For my diploma in Stratford Upon Avon I did two semi-professional productions-Oedipus-which we even took to LongLartin Prison and an adaptation of La Ronde as the final show where I was both the Prostitute and the Sweet Young Thing! I have also exhibited my drawings there, in Norwich -and more recently on the South Coast.My final Degree Show involved film and dancing and I would love to do it again. In Brighton I work in Retail and Telesales presently.. I am 5'4''ish with dark gingery hair .and look younger than my age. I come from E17 so I can do an Eliza but can do classical too-told I played a good Manto in Oedipus! My BA Hons in Theatre and Visual Practice from the University of Brighton familiarised me with all aspects of Theatre though I always wanted to go to the Old Vic!

Extras

Extras experience

Previous speaking roles


Modeling

Modeling experience

Beginner, starting out


Just done a photoshoot for the new Made In Dagenham Musical with Gemma Arterton

I'm told I am attractive and have a symmetrical face ,have good cheekbones and big blue eyes. Can look ten years younger (time in countryside has helped !) ..I filmed in Great Expectations and Mr Selfridge ,discovered I like modelling corsets and continue to do period films ;) I played the nurse in the Olympic Advert and seem to wear a lot of hats
I have made my own clothes and modelled them locally ..I have exhibited my artwork too; can do commissions (portraits)

Music

Vocal ability

Classically trained


Vocal range

Soprano


Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Classical

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Indie
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Classical

Influences: Scandnavian Ones

I sing Soprano in the Brighton Festival Chorus..I have performed with three different choirs besides Brighton :-Lewisham Chorus,Goldsmiths Choral Union and The Exmoor Singers in the Songs of Praise Christmas recordings on tv each year. I have appeared on tv featured in Songs of Praise 3 years running (this year 5 times).We are about to record for Military wives and I have just sung as a Parisian Flag holder in the new Les Miserables film. We are the featured choir Richard E grant's new film,First Night ;we recorded backing for Joe Mcelderry's first and second Christmas album . We appeared with Alfie Boe on his Internationally televised Bring Him Home tour (also in the charts now) (I have been a soprano in the Brighton Festival Chorus since summer 2002 when I saw an ad after I had finished my degree.It mentioned the Brodsky Quartet who we were also lucky enough to sing with this year!! (they play for Bjork who I admire greatly) I love most music and like composing too-I play piano and flute.With the BFC I have been in John Taverner at the Proms 2004 and Jaques Mercier Damnation of Faust in Metz France and Beethoven 9 in Bolougne France...also a highlight was the late Richard Hicox' conducting VWilliam's Sea Symphony in 2008 (and in 2006) and the Henry V soundtrack concert in 2007 Brighton Festival ;Alexander Nevsky concert in Russian in Manchester last year.I have sung in the Proms, at Leeds Castle and English venues and in concerts abroad as well as every Brighton Festival piece since 2003. Pieces can be theatrical like St John Passion ,Harmonium and Dame Edna's British tour.

TV & Reality

Several BBC shows of late -CUFFS; (featured officer) Endeavour; Eastenders ( A&E nurse; visitor) -Up The Women -all ; Storage Hunters; Featured for Mr Selfridge season two , three & four; Dr Who nostalgia series for Autumn 2013 and Dr's Wife in Breathless..I am a good audience member too.. I am in 6 programmes of Songs of Praise singing with my choir (Brighton Festival Chorus is one of the top 5 in the country) with Bryn Terfel etc -first one aired 15 October through to June 2010 -and am the first person to be pictured singing in the whole of the Christmas edition! Am also,with my choir, singing in Richard E Grant's new film mid November . Familiar with how things are made backwards and waiting around :)

Dancing

Dancing ability

Beginner


Dance styles
  • Contemporary

I attended Helen Wolska's ballet school in Essex to silver medal when young but didn't get to pointes as I started horseriding! However my ballet teacher told me I will always walk like a dancer. I do simple salsa and jazz routines. My degree show was dance based

Chocwilling that still stands...

Film & Stage Crew

Runner or Assistant ability

Beginner


Photography

Photography experience

Amateur photographer


I like taking pictures and have a good eye for colour; took documentary pictures for mine and others' degree shows- professionals say my shots look professional!

Presenting

Languages
  • English
  • French

Accents
  • UK English

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