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Zawe Ashton

Weinstein+Company+Host+Private+Screening+August+9afTM9oB9z8lZawe Ashton is a prominent British actress, born of an English father and a Ugandan mother in Hackney. Ashton’s maternal grandfather Paulo Muwanga was the President and Prime Minister of Uganda in 1985. Both of Ashton’s parents are teachers.

Zawe Ashton is best known for her roles in the TV shows Fresh Meat and Not Safe for Work and in the films Blitz and St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold. In 2010, Ashton was named one of the “55 Faces of the Future” by the Young Hollywood Issue of Nylon magazine, and in 2012 she received the Ultimate Newcomer trophy at the Women of the Year awards by Cosmopolitan magazine. Also in 2012, Ashton received the Creative Diversity Network Award for Best Breakthrough Onscreen Talent for Fresh Meat. In 2013, she won the Screen National Award for Female Performance in a Film 2012/2013 for Dreams of a Life.

Ashton is also a talented writer and won the London Poetry Slam Championship in 2000. She has won prestigious awards for plays, and her play, For All Those Woman Who Thought They Were Mad, was selected for the Royal Court Playwriting Festival in 2009. Zawe has a spread in the February issue of Vogue magazine, where she discusses her unwillingness to compromise on feminist issues in the entertainment industry.


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