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Ashley Jensen



The fair-haired and voluptuous classically trained Scotch actress Ashley Jensen is best known to mainstream American viewers for her portrayal of "Mode" in-house seamstress Christina McKinney (one of the title character's colleagues) on the hour-long Hollywood telenovela adaptation Ugly Betty. Yet, actually, as a U.K. import, Jensen chalked up a formidable number of roles in her native Great Britain prior to her West Coast arrival. Most of these constituted television roles on such British series as The Bill, Roughnecks, and City Central. Most notable to American audiences was her co-starring role on the hit Ricky Gervais series Extras (2005-2007), which was imported to HBO shortly after airing in the U.K. On that series, Jensen played Maggie Jacobs, the best friend and fellow extra to Gervais' Andy Millman; her character's habit of putting her foot in her mouth, usually at the expense of Millman, led to many uncomfortably comic moments on the series. Cinematically, Jensen's portrayal of Miss Tringham in Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy (1999) and her evocation of Lindsey in Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story also netted favorable reviews for the rising star. In 2006, Jensen was cast in Ugly Betty, which quickly became a hit and one of her most high-profile roles to that date. In early 2007, Jensen made headlines in the U.K. when she married actor Terence Beesley, at age 37. Jensen also found success in voice roles; in 2011 she voiced characters in the films Gnomeo & Juliet and Arthur Christmas, as well as for The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 2012.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% The Lobster
  • Biscuit Woman
2016
59% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)
  • Detective Inspector June Robertson
2016
57% All Stars
  • Gina
2013
57% Hysteria
  • Fanny
2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate
2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Bryony
2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Nanette
2011
48% Nativity!
  • Jennifer Lore
2009
83% Taking Liberties
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Unspoken
  • Katie
2006
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • Lindsey
2005
89% Topsy-Turvy
  • Miss Tringham
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Christina McKinney Christina
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Kate Burton
33% Accidentally on Purpose
2009-2010
  • Olivia
100% Catastrophe
2015
  • Fran
85% The Escape Artist
2013-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Connie

Quotes from Ashley Jensen's Characters