Ashleigh and Pudsey are a British dog trick act, comprising trainer Ashleigh Jade Butler (born 6 February 1995) and Pudsey (born 28 December 2005). Pudsey is a Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested powderpuff cross. They first achieved prominence as contestants in the sixth series of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, which they won on 12 May 2012, becoming the first ever dog trick act to win the competition.
Ashleigh and Pudsey were part of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. Their audition was held in Cardiff and aired on 7 April 2012. They danced to The Flintstones soundtrack. Although in 2012, four judges were introduced on the panel, on the day of recording Amanda Holden was not able to attend, therefore they performed to the remaining three. With a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges, they were put them through to the next round. Simon Cowell said "Pudsey is one of the best dancing dogs I've ever seen".
They participated in the first semi-final on 6 May 2012, performing to Peppy and George. They were later voted through to the final by the public.
The final was held on 12 May 2012, where they performed to the Mission: Impossible theme. The routine involved Pudsey walking across the judging panel and then climbing onto Ashleigh's back. Later that evening, Ashleigh and Pudsey won the 2012 series of Britain's Got Talent, beating classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte.
In January 2013, it was announced that Simon Cowell would produce Pudsey: The Movie. The film, which was released in the UK on 18 July 2014, follows Pudsey and his siblings Molly, George and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) and set out to save the village from their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is voiced by comedian David Walliams.
From December 2012 to January 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Dick Whittington opposite Stephen Mulhern. The deal is believed to have been worth around £150,000.
On 11 October 2012, Pudsey's "official" autobiography, Pudsey: My autobidography, was published by the Sphere imprint of publisher Little, Brown. The book formed part of a £100,000 publishing deal with Ashleigh Butler.
Charity work and campaigns
Since June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey have fronted a PETA campaign calling for a ban on cruelty to animals in circuses. In December 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey launched a Christmas appeal alongside Vets4Pets to highlight the risks that pets face over the Christmas period.