Michelle Asante

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Michelle Asante

Acting

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Acting

Michelle finished playing a lead role in the UK premiere of OUR LADY OF KIBEHO at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in early 2019. The play received rave reviews - five stars from The Guardian and four stars from The Times, The Telegraph and The Stage - and Michelle herself has been singled out for praise - “The acting is top-notch, particularly . . . Michelle Asante as Sister Evangelique.” The play will transfer to Theatre Royal Stratford East in London in the autumn of 2019.

Over the summer of 2019, Michelle played Cassandra in the Theatre Royal Bath's UK premiere production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. The Stage described the play as "wacky and ingenious" and awarded it four stars. 

In the spring of 2019, Michelle filmed the role of Officer Dooshima in the BBC adaptation on Malorie Blackman's NOUGHTS & CROSSES. 

Over the summer of 2018, Michelle played Cali in THINGS OF DRY HOURS at the Young Vic, directed by Debbie Hannan. 

She played Jamaal in the 50th episode edition of MOVING ON, written by Jimmy McGovern. Other recent credits include LUCKY MAN for Sky 1, FATHER BROWN Series 4 on BBC 1 and in the BBC's OUR GIRL. Also in 2016, Michelle played Juliette in the Donmar Warehouse's production of WELCOME HOME CAPTAIN FOX, directed by Blanche McIntyre, alongside Rory Keenan and Barnaby Kay.

Michelle also played the role of Helena in Danai Gurira's ECLIPSED at the Gate Theatre to much critical acclaim.

“Director Caroline Byrne offers us an intensely empathetic presentation of women in survival mode.” - The Telegraph ****

“Acted with an appealing directness and exuberance by a cast who make every character distinctive, complex and fully alive.” - The Guardian ****

Michelle played a key role in Sci-Fi thriller BRAND NEW-U which has been embraced by Sci-Fi critics and appeared at the L'Etrange Fantastic Film Festival as well as the Sitges IFF. The film was nominated for the best Fantastic European Film: The Silver Meliés. 

Michelle was nominated for a Broadway World Award for SUNSET BABY as Best Featured Actress in a Play and also for a Black Entertainment Film Fashion & Television Award (BEFFTA) for Best Actress in a Television Show in MONROE. She also received a Special mention in the Emerging Talent Category of the Screen Nation Awards.

Reviews of Michelles work include...

SUNSET BABY (The Gate Theatre)

Its Asante's firecracker performance- deftly switching between fury and vulnerability-that powers Charlotte Westenra's production'- The Metro

The performances, are first-rate and highly charged, with Asante particularly good as Nina, all blazing eyes and hostility one moment and lonely vulnerability the next- Financial Times

Asante offers a bruised, sensitive performance- Time Out

It is London-born Michelle Asante, however, who steals the show. With her coarse and convincing New York accent, she is hard and tough, but allows for poignant glimpses of vulnerability to shine through. There is a scene in which she is waiting for Kenyatta to visit: shedding her wig, tight dress and hooker boots for a demure trouser-jacket combination, she gets out her beloved Ethiopian honey wine which Damon has told us she adores, and fussily creates a coffee table out of an upturned box. Only a brilliant actor could marry the desperation to make a good impression with the defensive aggression required to strap a gun to her waist just seconds later. With such a guarded character, a lot of what we learn of Nina is subtext - and Asante brings that through marvellously. Complimented by the claustrophobia of the intimate Gate theatre and our subsequent proximity to the realistic stage setting, we are in Nina’s flat, in her life, in her head. We feel her frustrations, her anxieties, her sheer exhaustion - The New Statesman

RUINED (Almeida Theatre)

Salima – at once cowed and bullish (a tremendous performance by Michelle Asante)– The Observer

Michelle Asante…moving and dignified as Salima - Financial Times

SOME DOGS BITE (BBC3)

They meet similarly adrift, emotionally neglected girl, mouthy Venetia (Michelle Asante, especially good)- Variety Magazine

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

BRAND NEW-U

The Manager

Simon Pummell

Hot Property Films Ltd

VERBO

Night

Eduardo Chapero-Jackson

Telecinco Cinema/ Apaches Entertainment

SOME DOGS BITE

Venetia

Marc Munden

BBC/ Kindle Entertainment

LONDON BOULEVARD

Marcia Briscoe

William Monahan

GK Films

HEAT

Brenda

Debbie Tucker-Green

HillBilly Films

SAND SERPENT

Private Susan Eno

Jeff Renfroe

RHI Entertainment/ The Sci-Fi Channel

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

NOUGHTS & CROSSES

Officer Dooshima

Julian Holmes

BBC

CASUALTY SERIES 33

Lia

Various

BBC

DOCTORS SERIES 19

Esther Warden

BBC

MOVING ON

Jamaal

Adrian Dunbar

BBC

OUR GIRL

Dr Duma

Jan Matthys

BBC

FATHER BROWN (Series 4)

Yveline Lafond

James Larkin

BBC 1

LUCKY MAN

Marianne Bangura

Brian Kelly

Carnival Films / Sky 1

DOCTOR WHO (Series 8)

Sheree Folkson

BBC One

MONROE II

Kitty Wilson

Damon Thomas/ Brian Kelly

Mammoth Screen/ ITV

MONROE

Dr. Kitty Wilson

Paul McGuigan/ David Moore

Mammoth Screen/ ITV

HOLBY CITY XIII

Barbara Eze

David Innes Edward

BBC

THE BILL

Nicola MacKenzie

Rob Knights

Talkback Thames/ ITV

LAW & ORDER: UK

Leona Collins

Omar Madha

Kudos Films/ ITV

HARLEY STREET

Debbie

Paul Whittington

Carnival Films/ ITV

MIDNIGHT MAN

Stephanie

David Drury

Carnival Films

HOLBY BLUE I

Flo

Bryn Higgins

BBC/ Kudos Film & Television

BBC YOUTUBE PROJECT (Workshop)

Karis

Yann Demange

BBC Drama Series Development

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE

Cassandra

Walter Bobbie

Theatre Royal Bath

OUR LADY OF KIBEHO

Sister Evangelique

James Dacre

Royal & Derngate Theatre

THINGS OF DRY HOURS

Cali

Debbie Hannan

Young Vic

WELCOME HOME, CAPTAIN FOX

Juliette

Blanche McIntyre

Donmar Warehouse

ECLIPSED

Helena

Caroline Byrne

The Gate Theatre

TIATA DELIGHTS

Various

Natalie Ibu

Tiata Fahdozi

WENDY AND PETER PAN

Tiger Lily

Jonathan Munby.

RSC

FANA LE FALE (Rehearsed Reading - New Plays From South Africa)

Dawn Walton

Royal Court

FEAST

Oya

Rufus Norris

Young Vic/ Royal Court

SUNSET BABY

Nina

Charlotte Westenra

The Gate Theatre

ONE MONKEY DON'T STOP NO SHOW

Lil' Bits

Dawn Walton

Eclipse Theatre/ Sheffield Crucible/ WYP

RUINED

Salima

Indhu Rubasingham

Almeida Theatre

SCHOOL REUNION

Sister Andrea

Vicky Jones

DryWrite/ Latitude Festival

TORN

Dominique

Raz Shaw

Arcola Theatre

DIRTY BUTTERFLY

Amelia

Michael Longhurst

The Young Vic

THE BACCHAE

Bacchante

John Tiffany

NTS/ Edinburgh Festival/ Lyric Hammersmith

OZ

Dot

Gregg Banks

Caryl Jenner Productions/Unicorn Theatre

Radio

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

HOLDING BACK THE TIDE

Sally Avens

BBC Radio

Zuleika

Mary Ward-Lowery

BBC Radio 4

GONE

Young Woman 2

Debbie Tucker-Green

BBC Radio 3

TESTIMONIES

Catherine

British Association for Adoption & Fostering

TESTIMONIES

Jessica

British Association for Adoption & Fostering

TESTIMONIES

Hope

British Association for Adoption & Fostering