Simone Ashwini Pillai who is known professionally as Simone Ashley, is a British actress.
Gatekeepers News reports that the 27-year-old actress is known for her role as Kate Sharma in a popular Netflix series, “Bridgerton”, comedy-drama S*x Education which is also on Netflix.
Born Simone Ashwini Pillai to Indian Tamil parents Latha and Gunasekharan Pillai, Ashley is from Camberley, Surrey and has an older brother. Her parents were hesitant about her inclination to the arts.
Ashley grew up singing classical music, opera, and playing the piano.
Ashley’s family later moved to Beaconsfield, where she attended Beaconsfield High School and later Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead for sixth form. She spent some of her teen years in Ojai, California where she has relatives. She then went on to study acting at Arts Educational School in West London.
Ashley’s first acting role was in two episodes of the CBBC fantasy teen drama Wolfblood as Zuhra. This was followed by appearances in the thriller series Guilt (2016) and the ITV crime drama Broadchurch (2017). She made her feature film debut in 2018 with a small role in Boogie Man as Aarti, and a more prominent role in Kill Ben Lyk as one of the many characters named Ben Lyk.
From 2019 to 2021, Ashley played the recurring character Olivia Hanan in the Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education. She also appeared in the ITV psychological thriller miniseries The Sister as Elise Fox in 2020.
Ashley was named one of Variety’s 2021 Brits to Watch. Having auditioned in 2020, it was announced in February 2021 that Ashley would star as leading lady Kate opposite Jonathan Bailey as Anthony in the second series of the Shondaland-produced Netflix romance period drama Bridgerton, based on the second novel in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me. The series was released in March 2022. She is set to reprise her role for the third series.
In 2022, Ashley was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in European entertainment, Time 100 Next, and The Hollywood Reporter’s Great British and Irish Film and TV Breakouts. She will play Indira, a sister of Ariel in the 2023 live-action film adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Simone is currently unmarried. She has not shared any details about her past relationships. She has been successfully keeping her personal life away from the media.
Simone Ashley has earned a fortune amount of net worth of $3 Million from her career as a British Actress, according to Hollywood Worth.