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Ashley Roberts

Ashley RobertsAshley Roberts, born September 14th, 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She is best known as being a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, but left the Pussycat Dolls back in 2010 to pursue a solo singing and acting career.

She then joined the panel of judges for the British reality television competition Dancing on Ice for series eight in January 2013, along with Karen Barber, Robin Cousins and Jason Gardiner.

Ashley also took part in British reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2012 - in which she finished as the runner-up in one of the closest ever reality show finales where she got 49.44% versus 50.56% of the final vote. She is currently working on her debut solo album. Ashley cites Goldie Hawn as one of her inspirations alongside Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Gwen Stefani.

She was born in Phoenix, Arizona where she attended Shadow Mountain High School. Ashley began dancing at the age of three and singing at age eight. Her father was a drummer who played for The Mamas & the Papas, and is of Welsh descent. He later became a car dealer who owned several used car lots in downtown Phoenix.

Her mother was a Pilates instructor and between them they inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry. Her hair was brunette during her teenage years, as it is in Aaron Carter's Oh Aaron and Not Too Young, Not Too Old music videos.

Ashley RobertsDuring summer breaks during high school she had traveled to California to study modern dance and after high school, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. She has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as the Counting Crows Accidentally in Love, Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, Jane's Addiction's True Nature, Aaron Carter's Oh Aaron and Not Too Young, Not Too Old and Pink's Trouble.

Ashley also appeared in the game show Rock and a Hard Place, hosted by Meatloaf, with fellow Pussy Cat Dolls members, Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton. Within six months of her move to Los Angeles she had joined the Pussycat Dolls along with members Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt.

She sang co-lead along with Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta in the Stickwitu single B-side, Santa Baby. She also recorded a song called Played for the Doll Domination Deluxe Edition. The same as the other group members she was a salaried employee of Interscope Records.

Soon after Kimberly Wyatt went public with her departure from the group, Roberts followed. On February 27th, 2010, in a letter to her fans, she made the following announcement on her website:

“Yes, I have left the Pussycat Dolls. I love you all sooo much!!! I am so grateful to have the love and support of all of you. It was an amazing ride and I learned so much! You all mean the world to me and I'm excited to take you all on a new adventure. An adventure full of creativity, inspiration, learning, growing and lots of fun."

Ashley appeared in other endeavors for the first time in the music video of the Counting Crows' song Accidentally in Love as the girl who escapes from her home and boyfriend with a stuffed rabbit.

Ashley RobertsRoberts made her film début as Brooke in the dance/drama/romance film Make It Happen with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. The film premièred on August 8th, 2008 in the United Kingdom to mixed but mostly positive reviews.

Via the internet she stated that she would work on a number of different projects, work on her acting, and will be a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. Ashley also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane, Marques Houston, and singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost.

She appeared on 90210 in the episode of Into the Wild which aired on Monday the 5th of November where she played a stripper teacher. Apart from her acting projects she has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.

Ashley has been in the studio and recording songs for her own music. Back in 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of A Summer Place which was released on iTunes. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Kimberly Wyatt's music video for the single, Stars in Your Eyes.

On June 14th, 2012, she made a cameo appearance in a Bobby Newberry's music video for his debut single Dirrty Up, alongside ex-bandmate Melody Thornton. On October 10th, 2012, Ashley released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry's All In A Day, which was produced By The Invaders.

The full version was released at the end of October and on November 5th, 2012, she announced that her first official solo single would be called Yesterday and would be released that week.

On November 7th, 2012, it was announced that Ashley would take part in the twelfth season of the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, airing on the ITV network. She placed runner-up in the series, after being beaten for the title of Queen of the Jungle by fellow campmate Charlie Brooks.

Ashley RobertsIn January 2013, Roberts became an ice panel judge for the British celebrity skating show, Dancing on Ice on ITV, alongside Robin Cousins, Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner.

On the 18th of February 2013, Ashley announced she was in the recording studio, and hoped to have a new single out before the summer.

She is also presented the Ant vs Dec segment on the revived version of ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway, replacing former host Kirsty Gallacher.

In March of 2013, Roberts was announced as Garnier's new self tan spokesmodel and the face of Ambre Solaire No Streak Bronzer campaign.

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Year Title Artist Album
2012 "Yesterday" Ashley Roberts To Be Announced

Solo songs

Year Title Artist Album
2008 "Played" Ashley Roberts Doll Domination Deluxe Edition
2010 "Theme from A Summer Place" Ashley Roberts Non-album song
2012 "All In A Day" Ashley Roberts Non-album song

Video Appearances

Year Song Artist Role
2004 "Accidentally in Love" Counting Crows
2010 "Stars in Your Eyes" Her Majesty & The Wolves dancer
2011 "2 DA LEFT" Leo Moctezuma
2012 "Dirrty Up" Bobby Newberry
2012 "All In A Day" Ashley Roberts
2012 "Toxic Love" Bobby Newberry dancer
2012 "Yesterday" Ashley Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Nanny Alex Fine 1 episode, "The Game Show"
2005 Be Cool Herself Main role
2007 Dancelife
2008 Rock and a Hard Place
2008 Make It Happen Brooke Supporting role
2008–09 MTV News Herself 6 episodes
2010 Maxim Does Spring Break Host
Dance Your Ass Off Guest Judge
Ambush Karaoke Host Unaired pilot
2011 Temptation of Wife Appearance role
All About Aubrey Herself 2 episodes
2011 VH1'S 100 Greatest Songs of the 00s Herself
2012 WWE Legends House Host
2012 VH1′s 100 Greatest Women In Music Herself
2012 Total Drama Voice of Sindy 3 episodes
2012 90210 Stripper Teacher 1 episode, "Into the Wild"
2012 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself Overall 2nd
2013–present Dancing on Ice Herself Judge
2013–present ''Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Host 'Ant vs. Dec' segment
2013 Fake Reaction Herself Guest
2013 Celebrity Juice Herself Guest


Year Title Role Notes
2012 VH1's Behind The Music Herself Nicole Scherzinger and Brief about PCD

Ashley Roberts - Yesterday


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