Daniela Denby-Ashe Biography
Daniela Denby-Ashe was born on 9th August 1978 in London, United Kingdom. She is an English actress popularly known for her role as Margaret Hale in North and South.
She began studying ballet at the age of two and tap at a later stage; from the ages of 10 to 16, she attended several stage schools including Corona Academy. Daniela first gained film experience on the children’s video Nursery Rhymes 2 from Pickwick Video. She appeared in many television commercials as a child actor which then led on to children’s drama such as Kevin & Co, as well as the Channel 4 sitcom Desmond’s. Daniela also appeared alongside Jennifer Saunders and Julia Sawalha in Absolutely Fabulous. Her big break came in 1995 when she landed the role of Sarah Hills in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
In 2000, she got the role of Janey Harper in the BBC sitcom, My Family. Daniela took a break from ‘My Family’ for the fourth series in 2003, but returned to the role in 2004. In 2004 she took the lead role of Margaret Hale in the BBC TV drama adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South, and in 2006 played Mary in the science fiction TV series ‘Torchwood’ episode Greeks Bearing Gifts.
Her other television roles include Office Gossip, Rescue Me, Is Harry on the Boat?, and The Afternoon Play. From 2003 she appeared in the Radio 4 comedy Ring Around the Bath. In 2007, she starred as Robert Maxwell’s secretary in Maxwell, a BBC drama about his life. In December 2008 she appeared in BBC Four’s supernatural drama series Crooked House, and in October 2010 she starred in an episode of the ITV detective drama Midsomer Murders. In April 2009 she appeared in the fourth series of the BBC drama Waterloo Road as deceitful supply teacher, Jem Allen. In April 2012, she returned to the drama as a new regular character, Lorraine Donegan.
Daniela Denby Ashe Age
She was born on 9th August 1978 in London, United Kingdom.
Daniela Denby Ashe North and South
She played Margaret, the heroine of Hale in North amd South. Margaret is able to dress in the latest fashions and mingle among popular people. This might be amusing to someone with shallow character, but Margaret finds her life rather dull. Her greatest importance is found in assisting her slightly frivolous cousin Edith to have the most comfortable life attainable.
Daniela Denby-Ashe Instagram and Twitter
She is not active in instagram and twitter, although she has a twitter account she has not posted a single post. She is rarely found posting about her personal post in Instagram. It is believed that this Instagram account may be made by her fans and hence, a Duplicate one.
Daniela Denby Ashe Boyfriend
She keeps her personal life very private and its speculated that she is single but they are no details about her dating life. She was rumoured to be dating Richard Armitage his onscreen husband but those were just rumours since Richard has a girlfriend.
Daniela Denby Ashe Husband
There are no details about Daniela ever being married.
Daniela Denby Ashe Movies and TV Shows
- 2017 – Heidi: Queen of the Mountain
- 2016 – Silent Witness
- 2012–13 – Waterloo Road
- 2010 – Midsomer Murders
- 2009 – Waterloo Road
- 2008 – Crooked House
- 2007 – Maxwell
- 2006 – The Family Man
- 2006 – Torchwood
- 2004 – North & South
- 2003 – The Afternoon Play
- 2002 – Rescue Me
- 2001 – Is Harry on the Boat?
- 2001 – Office Gossip
- 2000 – Fish
- 2000-2002, 2004-2011 – My Family
- 1999 – Molly
- 1995 – The Bill
- 1995 – Absolutely Fabulous
- 1995–99 – EastEnders
- 1994 – The Bill
- 1993 – The Bill
- 1992 – Desmond’s
- 1992 – Kevin and Co
Daniela Denby-Ashe Interview
What’s Lorraine’s motivation for funding a school like Waterloo Road?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: From a very early age Lorraine has always been driven and motivated to be the best. Aside from winning Business Woman of the Year, she has been recognised at many industry events for revolutionising the way call centres and telecommunication companies work. Her motivations for opening the new Waterloo Road is to give kids the opportunities she never had. She is a firm believer in working hard. On a personal and private level she is striving to fill a void in her life which has something to do with her past, and the school and her businesses are filling that void for the time being.
She’s meant to be a silent investor… do you think she’ll be able to stop interfering?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: You’re joking! Lorraine is extremely hands on. She trusts Michael but she needs the school to be a success. She’s a very busy woman but not too busy to put new school initiatives in place, which ruffles more than a few feathers along the way.
What approach does Lorraine have towards education and how does it differ from Michael’s vision?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: Their vision started out the same however they have completely different views as to how the school should be run. Lorraine is from a corporate background and the speed at which she works conflicts with Michael’s. Michael is used to having a set budget and works within his set parameters, however Lorraine has a never ending pot of money which she can throw at new, creative and exciting projects within the school. Lorraine believes that education is very important however, and throwing a few cash incentives in to the mix is also a way for the kids to learn about the value of money. She’s also aware that university isn’t for everyone, so exposing the kids to a working environment gives them a taste of the future. The Business vs Education argument is ever present.
What was it about Michael that made him Lorraine’s first choice for headmaster of her new school?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: It was a no brainer as far as Lorraine was concerned. Before she met Michael, Lorraine was extremely motivated and had already set up her own business at school, however Michael pushed her to the next level and inspired her to become who she is today. Lorraine knows that if anyone can turn a kid’s life around, Michael can.
How have you enjoyed your time filming in your new Waterloo Road home in Scotland?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: I LOVE Glasgow. The people, the city, it’s all wonderful.
I’m trying to make the most of my time in Scotland during any down time I have. I have a list of things I want to tick off before I go home at the end of the year.
Without a doubt, Lorraine has the best wardrobe around – describe her style
Lorraine wears labels but isn’t afraid to mix it up with a bit of high street. Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood are favourites of hers.
Up until now, we’ve only seen the business side of Lorraine – will we get to know what she’s like behind closed doors?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: Even though Lorraine appears very confident she does have a vulnerable side which I hope we’ll get to see later on in the series.
Were your school days the best days of your life?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: I can honestly say that I loved school. I wasn’t there an awful lot because I worked from an early age but I loved my teachers and the friends I made.
And finally, why should viewers tune in to the new series of Waterloo Road?
Daniela Denby-Ashe: I think we’ve got a really exciting show this year. The Scottish cast are brilliant and add so much to the already strong, original cast members of the show.
The school looks incredible. It’s huge and has so much detail in it – our production designer, Tina, has done an amazing job. I really hope that fans of Waterloo Road will embrace the move to Greenock and continue to watch the show.
Source: BBC UK
Daniela Denby-Ashe Interview
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