Apr. 5th, 1946
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Jane Asher's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Death at a Funeral
1985 - Dreamchild
1966 - Alfie
1964 - The Masque of the Red Death
1955 - The Quatermass Xperiment
Guest TV Roles
Lady Jane Grey
Asher was the middle of three children born to Dr. Richard Alan John and Margaret Asher, née Eliot, in Willesden, North West London. Her father was a consultant in blood and mental diseases at the Central Middlesex Hospital in Acton, West London as well as being a broadcaster and author of many notable medical articles; her mother was a professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and taught George Martin to play the instrument. She also taught Paul McCartney to play the recorder. She was educated at Queen's College in Harley Street, London. Her younger sister is the radio actress Clare Asher; her elder brother is record producer Peter Asher, formerly one half of the duo Peter & Gordon, and whose daughter is Victoria Asher, keytarist of the band Cobra Starship.
Asher's first appearance as a child actress was as Nina in the 1952 film Mandy. Other film appearances were the 1955 science fiction film The Quatermass Xperiment, and, co-starring with Kenneth More and Susannah York and in the 1961 UK film The Greengage Summer, which was released in the United States as Loss of Innocence. She also appeared as her distant relative Lady Jane Grey in the 1962 film and Disney TV programme, The Prince and the Pauper. British TV appearances included three episodes (1956–1958) of the British TV series, The Adventures of Robin Hood (working alongside her brother Peter), and as a panellist on the BBC's Juke Box Jury.
- Her parents were married on July 27, 1943.
- She is an Associate Member of RADA.
- Her father, Dr. Richard Asher, was the first to identify Munchausen's syndrome, naming it after Baron Munchausen instead of himself (which she commented was typical of him). It's a disease where the afflicted fakes physical illness - usually acute, dramatic, and convincing - and wanders from hospital to hospital for treatment.
- She made her West End debut in 1960, followed by the Bristol Old Vic in 1965. In 1976, she joined the National Theatre.
- Mother of Katie, Alexander and Rory.
- She made her first professional appearance at the age of five in the film _Mandy (1952)_ (qv).
- Has a stepdaughter, Araminta, from husband 'Gerald Scarfe' (qv)'s first marriage.
- By the time she was fifteen, she had appeared in 8 films, made 9 television appearances, over 100 radio appearances and was in five plays.
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