Simone Ashley is a British actress born on March 30, 1995 is best known for her roles in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton (2022–present) and comedy-drama Sex Education (2019–2021).

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Full NameSimone Ashley
BornMarch 30, 1995 (age 29 years)
Birth PlaceCamberley, United Kingdom
Net Worth$3 Million
OccupationBritish actress

Net Worth

Simone Ashley is a British actress recognized for her roles in “Bridgerton” and “Sex Education” is estimated to have a net worth of around $3 million as of 2024. She has earned primarily from her acting career including significant roles in TV series and films, as well as modeling assignments and endorsements.

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Early life and Education

Simone Ashwini Pillai born to Indian Tamil parents Latha and Gunasekharan Pillai, grew up in Camberley, Surrey. She has an older brother, Sean Pillai. Despite being raised in an academic environment, she was more interested in the creative fields. Her parents who immigrated from India, were hesitant about her passion for the arts. Ashley grew up singing classical music, opera, and playing the piano.

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The family later moved to Beaconsfield, where she attended Beaconsfield High School and then Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead for sixth form. She left school at sixteen and spent some of her teen years in Ojai, California. She signed with a modeling agency at 18 and later studied acting at Arts Educational School (ArtsEd) in West London.

Career Starting(2016-2021)

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.

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Breakthrough

Ashley was recognized as one of Variety’s 2021 Brits to Watch. After auditioning in 2020 it was announced in February 2021 that Ashley would play the leading lady, Kate Sharma 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 and Ashley reprised her role for the third series.

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In 2022 Ashley was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in European entertainment the Time 100 Next, and The Hollywood Reporter’s Great British and Irish Film and TV Breakouts. She graced the covers of British Vogue’s December 2022 and March 2024 issues, the latter as part of a group of 40 women gathered to honor and celebrate Edward Enninful’s tenure as editor. Additionally she played Indira, a sister of Ariel, in the 2023 live-action film adaptation of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Simone Ashley and Tino Klein’s Relationship

Simone Ashley known for her roles in “Bridgerton” and “Sex Education,” is dating Constantin “Tino” Klein currently. They met in May 2022 at At Monaco Grand Prix and started their relationship soon after. Tino Klein is a former lawyer who now serves as the CEO of GP Ice Race (an European winter motorsport event). In early 2023 the couple publicized their relationship when Ashley uploaded a photo of them together at Netflix BAFTA Awards after-party on Instagram. Before dating Klein she had been with Luke Richardson but it ended before she moved to Los Angeles for acting.

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Controversies

Simone Ashley has maintained a positive public image focusing on her acting career and the representation of South Asian culture in mainstream media without any major public controversies affecting her professional journey.

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Mose asked questions

Where is Simone Ashley from in India?
Born Simone Ashwini Pillai to Indian Tamil parents Latha and Gunasekharan Pillai, Ashley is from Camberley, Surrey and has an older brother, Sean Pillai. 

Does Simone Ashley have a tattoo?
Simone Ashley has successfully tattooed a sphynx on the inside of her left ankle.

Where did Simone Ashley train?
Simone moved to study at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead for sixth form and then pursued a career in acting as she moved to Hounslow to train at the Arts Educational School.

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