Profile: Jane Asher

Biography

Jane is an actress, writer and businesswoman. As well as her work in theatre, film, radio and television, she has written over a dozen books and runs her own business in Chelsea.

Jane has been working professionally in film, theatre and radio since she was 5 years old – her first appearance was in the film Mandy. Her many television appearances include Brideshead Revisited, Wish Me Luck, The Mistress, The Choir, Closing Numbers, Crossroads, New Tricks and Miss Marple. She was recently seen as Queen Charlotte in The Palace, an eight-part drama series for ITV, and she is Lady Byrne, a semi-regular character, in BBC’s Holby City. Jane has been nominated for two BAFTA awards and has received the Sony Award for her work on radio. She will begin work later this year on a new BBC1 comedy series.

Alongside her well-known cake decorating books, Jane has also written three best selling novels. She presented her own BBC programme Good Living which ran for four series.

Jane’s charity work is much respected, and she is heavily involved with a number of charitable organisations.

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Memorable Quotes

It was like one of those time-delay transatlantic phone calls. Everything seemed out of sync.

Stress in my case is a really good thing, I think I need stress to function. I need that intensity and pressure I think to give of my best.

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