Ashley McGuire

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Last year, Ashley appeared in HIR at the Bush Theatre directed by Nadia Fall.

played, with beautiful understatement, by Ashley McGuire” Dominic Cavendish - The Telegraph

Ashley McGuire is typically superb as the unnervingly buoyant Paige” Natasha Tripney - The Stage

 

 

She also recently played the role of Brian in SHOPPING AND F***ING at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed by Sean Holmes.

"Ashley McGuire, superb." Andrzej Lukowski - TimeOut

"The cast includes the tremendous Ashley McGuire."  Susannah Clapp - The Observer

"Ashley McGuire (excellent, as ever) speaks with the potency of a preacher as drug dealer Brian."  Natasha Tripney - The Stage.

 

Ashley performed in THE SUICIDE at the National Theatre, working once more with Nadia Fall who previously directed her in OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD and HOME.  

Praise for Ashley's performance in THE SUICIDE:

"Ashley McGuire, who lollops on the stage as if she were in her own kitchen, is worth crossing town to see."  Susannah Clapp - The Observer

"Ashley McGuire is brilliant as the lewd mother-in-law with a heart of gold, and then as the late Margaret Thatcher who puts Hell's public service out to tender."  Patrick Marmion - The Daily Mail

 

Praise for Ashley's performance in OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD:

"There are two standout performances – both from actresses playing female prisoners. Ashley McGuire’s Dabby Bryant, an outward toughie who yearns for a simpler life back in Devon, creates a moment of terrific poignancy as she realises she can never go home." Ben Lawrence - The Telegraph

"Outstanding.'Twelve hundred pounds! It must be a comedy,' exclaims Dabby Bryant, whose unimpressed commentary and whose pining for Devon are given a Shakespearean tragicomic heft by Ashley McGuire." Paul Taylor - The Independent.

"All give strong characterisation, particularly Ashley McGuire as Dabby Bryant" Neil Norman - The Express  

 

Ashley played Margaret Brotherton in Lyndsey Turner's National Theatre production of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.

"There are moments of real power and poetry in the writing, eloquently delivered in particular by Ashley McGuire." Natasha Tripney - The Stage

"Ashley McGuire is affecting as Margaret Brotherton, a woman who, in hunger, had to abandon her baby.  She gives the play a heart." Kate Kellaway - The Guardian

 

She was critcally lauded for her portrayal of Falstaff in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female HENRY IV at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. 

A magnificent Falstaff...she is glorious. A one-person vindication of the all-female enterprise. If it were needed.” Susannah Clapp - The Observer

“The evening, though, belongs to Ashley McGuire’s corpulent, cockney and comically delightful Falstaff...hugely appealing...frankly unforgettable” Dominic Cavendish - The Telegraph

“Ashley McGuire is a superb Falstaff, mixing the predatory swagger of a wheeler-dealing geezer with notes of vulnerability” Henry Hitchings - Evening Standard

 

Her showreel can be viewed here.

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

EASTENDERS

Bev

Various

BBC1

SICK OF IT

Taxi Controller

Richard Yee

Sky One

WANDERLUST

Janet

Luke Snellin | Lucy Tcherniak

BBC

THIS COUNTRY - SERIES 1-2

Mandy

Tom George

BBC

DECLINE AND FALL

Lady Circumference

Guillem Morales

Tiger Aspect/Cave Bear Productions

MAN DOWN - SERIES 1-4

Shakira

Matt Lipsey

Avalon Television

IN THE CLUB

Annette Harris

Kay Mellor

Rollem Productions

THE IT CROWD SPECIAL

Buttershoe Mary

Graham Linehan

Retort

THE JOB LOT

Dawn

Martin Dennis

Big Talk

BRIAN GITTINS

Cheryl

Michael Cumming

Channel 4

DEREK

Shelley

Ricky Gervais

Derek Productions

TROLLIED

Millionth Customer

Paul Walker

Roughcut Television/SKY

DEAD BOSS

Slasher

Steve Bendelack

BBC

CORONATION STREET

Ginny

Various

ITV

MIRANDA

Meals on Wheels

Juliet May

BBC

LAW AND ORDER: UK

Simone Lewis

Julian Holmes

Kudos / ITV

THE BILL

Stella Tanner

Nigel Douglas

Talkback Thames

CAUGHT IN A TRAP

Gill

Michael Samuels

Greenlit Productions

EASTENDERS

Carol

John Green

BBC

ENGLAND EXPECTS

Dawn

Tony Smith

BBC

MURPHY'S LAW

Spanish Maid

Peter Lydon

Tiger Aspect

CASUALTY

Julie

Reza Moradi

BBC

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

HIR

Paige

Nadia Fall

Bush Theatre

SHOPPING AND F***ING

Brian

Sean Holmes

Lyric Hammersmith

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD

Dabby Bryant

Nadia Fall

National Theatre

THE SUICIDE

Sarah

Nadia Fall

National Theatre

LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Margaret Brotherton

Lyndsey Turner

National Theatre

AN OAK TREE

Performer

Tim Crouch

National Theatre

HENRY IV

Falstaff

Phyllida Lloyd

Donmar Warehouse

HOME

Sharon

Nadia Fall

National Theatre

RE-CHARGED - FATAL LIGHT

Maggie

Lucy Morrison

Clean Break / Soho Theatre

HOUSEKEEPING

Joan

Lucy Morrison

Theatre Uncut

RADIO HOOHAH

Various

Octavia MacKenzie & Ashley McGuire

MacKenzie & McGuire / Pleasance

I'LL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU THAT WAY

Alison / Aunty Molly / Cafeteria / Dad / Maureen

Octavia MacKenzie & Ashley McGuire

Glory & Ardour Productions / Pleasance

YAKKING

Alison

Graham Lappin

Glory & Ardour Productions for London Bites

SAVED OR DESTROYED

Lucille

Andrea Kantor

The Kondoleon Project and Battersea Arts Centre

JOINING THE CLUB

Jenny

Sean Meyers

Lamplighters

THE PROBLEM

Wife

Sean Meyers

Lamplighters

THE SPONGE ROOM

Hilary

Anthony Grantham

Lamplighters

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

NASTY WOMEN

Policewoman

Chris Addison

MGM

DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD

Mo

Ricky Gervais

LOTR Films

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Lodge Human Trainer

Ron Howard

Disney

BRIDGET JONES' BABY

Midwife

Sharon Maguire

Working Title

HECTOR

Chiropodist

Jake Gavin

Victor Productions Ltd

GOLD

Rosie

Niall Heery

Lantern Films

COUNTING BACKWARDS

Jackie

Sean De Sparango

Fortune Films

BASELINE

Susan

Brendan O'Loughlin

Fourth Culture Films

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PARTS 1 &2)

Death Eater

David Yates

Warner Bros.

HARRY BROWN

Community WPC

Daniel Barber

Marv Films

THE GRIND

Linda

Rishi Opel

Dangerous Productions

RUBY BLUE

Debbie

Jan Dunn

MEDB films

GYPO

Penny

Jan Dunn

MEDB Films

MY LAST SUMMER

Glyniss

Hardey Speight

SHARKS

Sandra

James Hyland

RSC

TITANIC TOWN

Nurse

Roger Michell

Company Pictures

Radio

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

EDUCATING RITA

Rita

Brian Hart

Premiere

UP THE COAST

Julie

Brian Hart

Premiere

HENRY IV

Lady Percy

Terry Clear

Premiere

MESSIAH

Rachel

Brian Hart

Premiere