Ashley Walters

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Ashley Walters
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Walters filming Truckers in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAshley Walters
Also known asAsher D
Born(1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 31)
Peckham, London, England
GenresUK garage, grime, hip hop
OccupationsRapper, actor
Years activeSince 1992
LabelsCrescent Moon Media/AD82 Records
Associated actsSo Solid Crew, Mis-Teeq
 
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Ashley Walters
Ashley Walters 2013 (cropped).jpg
Walters filming Truckers in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAshley Walters
Also known asAsher D
Born(1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 31)
Peckham, London, England
GenresUK garage, grime, hip hop
OccupationsRapper, actor
Years activeSince 1992
LabelsCrescent Moon Media/AD82 Records
Associated actsSo Solid Crew, Mis-Teeq

Ashley Anthony Walters (born 30 June 1982), also known as Asher D, is an English rapper and actor.

Early life[edit]

Walters was born in Peckham, London. He was raised by his mother, Pamela Case, a local government officer.[1] He attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School from the age of 6. After graduating, Walters starred in some popular stage productions of the time.

Music career[edit]

Musically, he is best known as Asher D in the group So Solid Crew. He enjoyed relative success as a lyricist, particularly for their number 1 hit "21 Seconds". After the group split, he went on to focus on other projects, most recently 2006's In Memory of the Street Fighter, featuring the single "Andrea". He released a studio album in 2008 entitled The Appetiser, a 12-track album produced by both him and Laurence Ezra. With Dewi Bruce Konuah, he co-owns a production company called AD82 Productions, specialising in talent in the British music and film industries. Early 2012, he signed a recording contract with the independent record label, SK Records, founded by the British singer-songwriter Simon Webbe and his business partners Karan and Preeti Singh. Ashher's single "How You Like Me Now" was released on 29 July 2012. In November 2012, Asher appeared on Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth's "Fire in the Booth" show, while on 12 November 2012 his second single for SK "Your Love" was released and featured vocals from Alesha Dixon.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Walters is also an actor, appearing under his full name, Ashley Walters. He appeared as Omar in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles at the age of 10, and as Andy in Grange Hill at the age of 14. He appeared in Bullet Boy, where he played Ricky who had just came out of jail to start a new life, a role for which he was named Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. He also appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

He played the role of Wolf in the film Stormbreaker, and Danny in Life and Lyrics, for which he has received many plaudits. He starred in WΔZ alongside Selma Blair and Melissa George, and Sugarhouse. He played Lacey in the BBC Three drama pilot West 10 LDN. He appeared in five episodes of the fourth series of BBC TV drama Hustle, playing Billy Bond. He has appeared in the MTV series Top Buzzer and played the role of Al B in the 2006 production House of 9 alongside Dennis Hopper. He has appeared on stage at the Royal National Theatre in Roy Williams’ Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads[3] and the Royal Court Theatre in Levi David Addai's Oxford Street.[4] Another feature film, Tu£sday, sees him playing a jewel thief. He appeared in Bola Agbaje's play Off the Endz at the Royal Court Theatre during February and March 2010.

He made appearances in police drama The Bill and firefighting drama London's Burning. His Grange Hill history and autobiography was referenced by the comedian Stewart Lee on 16 March 2009, on the BBC2 show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle in the episode themed on "Toilet Books". He also appeared in 2009's TV adaptation of Small Island and as Jack Holt in the short-lived drama Outcasts on the BBC in February and March 2011.

For the BBC Learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare", Walters delivered one of Shakespeare’s best known speeches, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?" from Romeo and Juliet.[5] In October 2011, Walters starred in the Arjun Rose slasher Demons Never Die. From 31 October 2011, he played Dushane in a four part drama Top Boy. In February 2012, he played Chris in the BBC drama Inside Men. In 2013 Walters reprised his role as main character Dushane in the second series of Top Boy.

Personal life[edit]

Ashley married Danielle Isaie on 22 June 2013. Walters has two sons (Paniro and Shayon) and one daughter (China) with ex-partner Natalie. He also has two daughters(Antonia, Ashleigh) with Lisa Stephenson a girl who recently lived in Hither Green South East London[6] In July 2001, following an argument with a traffic warden, he was found to be carrying a loaded Brocock air pistol modified to fire live ammunition. He was arrested and, in 2002, jailed for 18 months, in a young offenders' institute. Having spent the previous nine months in custody, he subsequently served an additional nine months to complete his sentence.[7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1999Take 2BroShort film
2000The ElevatorYoung man
Some VoicesKitchen hand
Born RomanticLee
2004Bullet BoyRicky
2005House of 9Al BCredited as Asher D
Goal!Carl Francis
Get Rich or Die Tryin'Antoine
2006Alex Rider: StormbreakerWolf
CubsKarlShort film
Life and LyricsDanny Lewis
2007WΔZDaniel Leone
SugarhouseD
2008Speed RacerPrince Kabala
Tu£sdayBilly
2011FedzCherokee BlameShort film
Reparations for the SoulThe Entity
AnuvahoodCracks
SketTrey
Demons Never DieBates
2012St. George's DayKootz
2013Grace and DangerFelling
The CharlatansWriter and director

Television[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
1992The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesOmar1 episode: "My First Aventure (1992)"
1997Grange HillAndy Phillips10 episodes
1999The Murder of Stephen LawrenceStuart Lawrence
2000The Coral IslandJack
Storm DamageStefan
Urban GothicLeoEpisode: "Dead Meat"
The BillMichael DexterEpisode: "Search Me"
Never NeverLee
2001Shockers: Parent's NightBrian
The Whistle-BlowerKeith Lindo
The BillJess ThomasEpisode: "Lick of Paint"
Dark RealmStudentEpisode: "Castle Keep"
2002The Hidden CitySid21 episodes
2003Holby CityRoy WoodleyEpisode: "One of Our Own"
2004Top BuzzerBugsyEpisode: "Germination"
2005Last RightsMax
2007HustleBilly BondSeries 4
2008West 10 LDNLacey
2009Small IslandMichael
2010Five DaysJamal Matthews
2011BedlamMarkEpisode: "Committed"
OutcastsJack Holt
Top BoyDushaneSeries 1
2012Inside MenChris
True LovePaulEpisode: "Story Four"
SinbadAbdul-FahimEpisode: "House of Games"
2013Doctor WhoVan BaalenEpisode: "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"
2013Top BoyDushaneSeries 2
2013TruckersSteven Warley
2014The MusketeersCharonEpisode: "The Homecoming"

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

DateTitleChart positionsCredit
UK
2002Why Me?
  • Unreleased debut studio album
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Asher D
14 June 2004Street Sibling
  • Second studio album
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Asher D
9 October 2006In Memory of the Street Fighter
  • Third studio album
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Asher D
26 February 2009Ashley Walters
  • Fourth studio album
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Ashley Walters

Mixtapes[edit]

DateTitleChart positionsCredit
UK
June 2006Cure 4 Cancer
  • First mixtape
-
Asher D
4 February 2007The Appetiser
  • Second mixtape
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Asher D
15 December 2011Forgotten Treasures Vol. 1
  • Third mixtape
-
Ashley Walters
31 December 2011Forgotten Treasures Vol. 2
  • Forth mixtape
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Ashley Walters
31 December 2011Forgotten Treasures Vol. 3
  • Fifth mixtape
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Ashley Walters
2 January 2012Forgotten Treasures Vol. 4
  • Sixth mixtape
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Ashley Walters
16 February 2012Forgotten Treasures: The Complete Legacy
  • Compilation mixtape
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Ashley Walters

Singles[edit]

DateTitleChart positionsAlbumCredit
UK
27 May 2002"Back in the Day"/"Why Me?"#43Why Me?Asher D
14 February 2006"This is Real"In Memory of the Street FighterAsher D
1 August 2006"Andrea"Asher D
9 July 2007"Still Here"Asher D
5 November 2007"Inside Out"Non-album singleAsher D featuring Ghetto
28 July 2008"Lies"Baby J featuring Ashley Walters
28 October 2008"M.O. (Pt. 2)"Ashley WaltersAshley Walters
12 January 2009"With You"Ashley Walters featuring Mutya Buena
18 May 2009"Own Two Feet"Ashley Walters featuring Chipmunk
29 July 2012"How You Like Me Now"TBCAshley Walters featuring Lisa Moorish
11 November 2012"Your Love"Ashley Walters featuring Alesha Dixon

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