Ashley Madekwe

  • English actress
  • Born December 6, 1981

Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

I am a Topshop homing pigeon! I can walk into the Oxford Circus branch and ferret out the best bits in minutes.

I like what Proenza Schouler is doing. I also love the Miu Miu chunky embellished shoes and really like Prada as well.

Nobody is all good or all bad.

I don't see myself as famous at all so I'm continuing my life as normal.

I'm usually pretty good about meeting people. I try to remember they are human, too!

If I'm outside, I want something flat on my feet.

I love trashy reality TV - all of it.

When I first started working on 'Secret Diary,' I definitely felt like I needed to shape up. The idea of being in my knickers on TV was a great incentive! Now I try to eat right, and I go to Bikram yoga three or four times a week. I have my 'naughty' days, and I indulge in pizza and cake, but so what!

My first job was a film called 'Storm Damage' for the BBC. I was 16 and working with really respected British actors. I didn't have an agent at the time, and it kind of threw me into real acting.

I was definitely nervous turning up on my first day to shoot with Woody Allen.

Comfort is key for a barbecue.

It's not exactly under the radar, but when I'm in London, I love to visit Liberty. It's my favorite department store, and they have a room entirely dedicated to chocolate and truffles.

Statement earrings and statement necklaces each deserve their own moment. I never wear the two together; it looks overdone.

On the 'Revenge' set, even if they're not showing my feet, I'll still wear my heels because it gets me in the feeling of Ashley Davenport.

I like to play around with mixing high-end with more affordable pieces.

You should see some of the things people tweet me. There have been death wishes on my Twitter timeline.

Topshop makes the best skinny jeans for my shape. I order online or stock up when I'm back in London.

I've teamed up with BaubleBar to curate a collection of gorgeous jewelry pieces. I worked closely with the BaubleBar team to design a collection that encompasses my style and all of my go to pieces.

Don't be afraid to pile on the midi rings! I like to play around with metals and pair delicate rings with chunkier ones.

I still credit Adrian Lester with being one of my biggest influences.

I love women that have an ease to the way they dress. I think Vanessa Paradis and Alexa Chung do that very well.

I throw a leather biker jacket over everything. It adds an instant downtown cool vibe and stops a look becoming too girlie. Bonus points if you wear it like a cape!

Daphne Guinness, who makes couture seem wearable, is an icon who influences what I wear.

I like pieces that have everyday appeal and can be worn anywhere!

I'm known for changing halfway through the day if my mood swings.

When someone comes to visit me, they have to bring tea - you can't stay in my house if you don't bring me tea.

I think the best way to keep a relationship hot is to simply try to make time for each other. That's it.

I've read 'Valley of the Dolls' at least four times. It's so epic!

If I love something, I wear it to death!

A colorful Chanel bag is a way to mix up anything.

I like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, as it's great for soothing dry skin and adding shine. I use it instead of balm, too.

I can remember hearing the theme tune to Dallas when I was supposed to be in bed. I would sneak down and try to watch it through the banisters. My mum loved that show.

Nude nail polish wins hands down over intricate nail art.

Fashion is ultimately a form of self-expression. That's why I love trying out new things.

My ginger tabby cat Oscar - he's got his own passport - he comes everywhere with me.

I grew up in London. My parents and I lived in West Norwood, then we moved to Norbury, and I went to the Brit School. I'm a South London girl at heart.