Ashley Artus was born in Newcastle in 1971, the eldest of four children – His parents met at medical school; his mother a nurse from a Northumbrian mining family (her father from Northumbrian gentry) and his father a doctor from the Middle East.
Highlights of Ashley’s stage work include ‘Coot’ in SKELLIG (Young Vic – dir: Trevor Nunn) ‘Emcee’ in CABARET (nominated: Best Actor: Manchester Evening News awards); ‘Robbie’ in the original production of Mark Ravenhill’s SHOPPING AND F**KING (Royal Court) and ‘Thenardier’ in the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES (O2 Arena + international tour).
Extensive screen includes the current LES MISERABLES tv series (a hat-trick after his previous appearances in both the stage musical and the feature film!); recurring role in CASUALTY (BBC) and BORGIA (Netflix) with movies ranging from TOPSY TURVY (dir: Mike Leigh) through KISS KISS (BANG BANG) starring Stellan Skarsgård and beginning with THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES in which he starred opposite Jude Law.
Ben is a Bristol-based actor originally from London.
He trained at Mountview and over the next few years deployed his versatility in comedies, dramas, Shakespeare and musicals at the Finborough, Southwark Playhouse, Arcola and Nuffield theatres and on UK and European tours. He went on to hone his craft in several productions at the Orange Tree theatre under the watchful eye of Sam Walters, most notably in Peter Schaffer’s dark comedy, THE PRIVATE EAR and the Middle Eastern political drama, READING HEBRON. Ben stretched his skills further in the long running hit musical, BLOOD BROTHERS in the West End.
Ben’s screen credits include SILENT WITNESS, 55 DEGREES NORTH, INSIDE MEN, all for the BBC and most recently THE COMMUTER movie and CROSSING THE BORDER tv series and leads in several TV commercials. Ben is upcoming in THE PALE HORSE filming in Bristol.
He is also a national championship rower and a qualified primary school teacher.
|Bases:||London, Newcastle, Brighton|
|Digne Gendarme in LES MISERABLES (2019)