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Asher, Jane (1946-)


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Jane Asher's career began when she was five years old, making her screen debut in the film Mandy (d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1952). Since then, her extensive work as an actress in film, television, radio and theatre has been paralleled with success as a cake-maker, lifestyle guru and best-selling author. Yet despite her many talents, she is still frequently associated with her romance with Paul McCartney in the 1960s.

Born in Marylebone, London on 5 April 1946, she soon found herself acting in child parts in films and on television. Her many film roles include Alfie (d. Lewis Gilbert, 1966), Deep End (US/West Germany, 1970), for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Supporting Actress, Dreamchild (d. Gavin Millar, 1985), Paris By Night (d. David Hare, 1988) and Death at a Funeral (Germany/US/UK, d. Frank Oz, 2007). She has also spent much time on television as an actress in drama - Brideshead Revisited (ITV, 1981), A Voyage Around My Father (ITV, 1982), which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress, Wish Me Luck (ITV, 1988-1990), The Palace (2008) - and sitcom - The Mistress (BBC, 1985), The Old Guys (BBC, 2009). She has also presented Eats for Treats (BBC, 1990) and Good Living (BBC, 1997-98) and veteran BBC children's programme Jackanory (1984) and she was one of the celebrity contestants on the BBC's classical music reality show Maestro (2008).

As well as her lifestyle books and her cake decorating books - she runs a company making party cakes - Asher has written three best-selling novels - The Longing, The Question and Losing It. She married artist Gerald Scarfe in 1981.

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