Zawe Ashton

Character Breakdown
  • Character Breakdown

  • ‘Entertaining…revealing, shocking’


    Actor and director Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of today's world

    Zawe Ashton has been acting since she was six. She has played many different roles, from ‘cute little girl’ to ‘assassin with attitude', Oscar Wilde’s Salome to St Trinian’s schoolgirl by way of Fresh Meat’s Vod.

    In Character Breakdown, Zawe scrolls through a version of her life. Or is it a version of her art? Or something in between. In it, she encounters glamour, horror, absurdity and questions like: is a life spent more on performance than reality any life at all?

    ‘A very great book’
    Lena Dunham

    ‘Smart, funny, vivid, honest, dark, timely’
    The Times

    ‘A smart, funny and well-written take-down of modern showbiz’
    Elizabeth Day

    Selected by Bernadine Evaristo as one of the 20 Black British Womxn Writers

Zawe Ashton is an actress, playwright and director who started acting at the age of six. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades. Recent credits include the BBC/Netflix TV series Wanderlust, the Netflix feature film Velvet Buzzsaw and Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Her play for all those women who thought they were Mad will be staged for the first time this year. She lives in London.

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