My Little Girl's Very First Sketch Show; STAR'S MUM REVEALS CHILDHOOD PREDICTION

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My Little Girl's Very First Sketch Show; STAR'S MUM REVEALS CHILDHOOD PREDICTION


Byline: By LYNN McPHERSON

ACTRESS Ashley Jensen always knew she was destined for TV stardom, the award-winner's mum revealed yesterday.

At only eight, the star of Extras, who won two titles at the British Comedy Awards last week, predicted her future career in a drawing.

She pictured herself in a television screen with the caption "Me as an actress".

And when mum Margaret found it in the attic of her home in Annan, near Dumfries, the childhood prediction had become even closer to the mark.

The picture shows Ashley, now 36, holding a gun. And Margaret found it at a time when her daughter was making the new drama 11th Hour, in which she plays a gun-toting bodyguard to Star Trek and X-Men actor Patrick Stewart

Retired teacher Margaret, 58, said: "I couldn't believe it. Not only is Ashley an actress but she is now starring in this series where she is carrying a gun and I just find it quite hilarious. She must have known.

"I was so blown away by it that I copied the drawing and sent it as a card for her 36th birthday.

"Where she is pointing the gun, there is a space for a head - so I nearly glued Patrick Stewart's head on to the drawing there. I knew she would appreciate it."

Ashley has appeared on TV in programmes ranging from 2000 Acres Of Sky to The Bill and Casualty.

But Margaret, who split from Ashley's dad when she was a child, has always thought her daughter's sense of humour made her a natural for comedy.

So she was delighted when Ashley won her role in Extras as Ricky Gervais's best friend Maggie.

She said: "I've always been proud of Ashley but I've also always felt she should stick to comedy because as a child she was always so funny.

"It's always been something that seems to come naturally to Ashley."

Ashley thanked her mum from the stage after taking the best newcomer and best TV comedy actress gongs at the British Comedy Awards. …

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