Ashleigh Cummings

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Ashleigh Cummings
Born(1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 21)[1]
Saudi Arabia
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
 
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Ashleigh Cummings
Born(1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 21)[1]
Saudi Arabia
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present

Ashleigh Cummings (born 11 November 1992) is an Australian actress. She was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to Australia with her family when she was twelve. Cummings joined a performing arts school where she learned dance and acting, before appearing in Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance in 2007. After making appearances in Green Fire Envy and the soap opera Home and Away, Cummings was cast as Robyn Mathers in Tomorrow, When the War Began. The film, based on the book of the same name, earned Cummings a nomination for Best Young Actor at the 2010 Australian Film Institute Awards. In 2012, the actress began starring in ABC1's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries as Dorothy Williams. That same year, she was cast in the new television adaptation of Puberty Blues.

Early life[edit]

Cummings was born in Saudi Arabia, where her parents lived and worked. She moved to Australia when she was 12 years old.[2][3] From the age of two, Cummings trained as a ballet dancer. When she was 14 she joined the Brent Street School of Performing Arts, where she learned dance and acting.[3][4] Cummings then attended Wenona School in North Sydney.[5] Cummings is studying philosophy at university between acting roles.[2]

Career[edit]

Cummings appeared as a dancer in Darren Ashton's Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance in 2007.[6] She went on to star as Ally Sheppard in Green Fire Envy a project that was produced by the Participate Film Academy.[4][7] Cummings' next projects were a role in the television film Dream Life and a guest stint in soap opera Home and Away.[8]

In September 2009, it was announced Cummings had joined the cast of Tomorrow, When the War Began, a film based on the John Marsden book of the same name.[5] Cummings learned how to ride dirt bikes and operate AK-47 assault rifles before filming began.[5] She also sat her year 11 exams early and missed the first part of year 12, while shooting the film.[5] Cummings earned a nomination for Best Young Actor at the 2010 Australian Film Institute Awards for her portrayal of Robyn Mathers.[9]

From September 2010, Cummings appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Our Town.[2] The actress went on to appear in episodes of Rescue Special Ops, Underbelly: Razor and Dance Academy in 2011.[6] She was then cast as Dorothy "Dot" Williams in ABC1's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, a drama series based on Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher historical mysteries.[10] Dorothy is "a conservative working-class Catholic" who becomes Phryne's maid.[8]

In March 2012, it was announced that Cummings had been cast as Debbie Vickers in the television adaptation of Puberty Blues.[11] Cummings read the novel before her audition and she revealed that she was surprised at the content. Cummings told Yahoo!7's Darren Cartwright, "In terms of the sexual nature of it, I wasn't aware of a lot of that and I've learnt so much (doing this movie)."[12] To prepare for the role of Debbie, Cummings took surfing lessons.[12] Cummings went overseas for three weeks to work as a volunteer in South-East Asia, before she returned to film the second series of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.[12] For her roles in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Puberty Blues, Cummings received a nomination for Most Popular Actress at the Logie Awards.[13]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into DanceDancer
2008Green Fire EnvyAlly Sheppard
2008Dream LifeSal
2009Home and AwayAli Edmonds
2010Tomorrow, When the War BeganRobyn MathersNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actor
2011Rescue Special OpsBritneyEpisode: "The Intervention"
2011Underbelly: RazorGracieEpisode: "Blood Alley"
2011Dance AcademyTrilbyEpisode: "Faux Pas De Deux"
2012–Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesDorothy WilliamsNominated– Logie Award for Most Popular Actress
2012–Puberty BluesDebbie VickersNominated– Logie Award for Most Popular Actress
Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashleigh Cummings". Lisa Mann Creative Management. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Kalina, Paul (9 August 2012). "Blues sound for a new generation". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sams, Christine (12 August 2012). "Blues sisters shine". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Cast – Ashleigh Cummings". Particpate Film Academy. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Sams, Christine (13 September 2009). "Young guns shoot to thrill in Aussie film". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Debbie played by Ashleigh Cummings". Network Ten. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Feature Film Production Synopsis and Credits". Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Dorothy Williams". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Joyce, James (11 December 2010). "War begins for AFI honours". The Newcastle Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Meade, Amanda (2 February 2012). "Teaser: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cummings and Harding play Debbie and Sue". Yahoo!7 TV. Yahoo!. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c Cartwright, Darren (7 August 2012). "No Sexual Blues For Young Actress". Yahoo!7 TV. Yahoo!. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Byrnes, Holly (11 March 2013). "Comic duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee to battle each other for Gold Logie". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

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