Zawe Ashton recalls facing ‘bullying, condescension and sarcasm’ in her career

Zawe Ashton has talked about facing incidents of “bullying, demeaning and defamation” during her acting career.

The 38-year-old British star is known for his roles in the comedy series Fresh Meat and for starring in the new Regency-era television series Mr Malcolm’s List.

Ashton spoke to Tatler magazine about the hardships she went through when she commissioned and produced a series, saying: “There is just this strange resistance. And bullying. Bullying, demeaning, reckless.

“I was scolded by a producer because I was questioning something about my own work.”

The project, which she said was similar to HBO’s Girls, ended up in “development hell” and stalled.

The London-born actress, who is engaged to Tom Hiddleston, also detailed the struggle of planning a pregnancy as an actress as women in the industry received “mixed messages” fit”.

“You’re told ‘Don’t get pregnant’ but also ‘Don’t wait too long’ because then you’ll become an old maid,” she said.

“I have been working in the industry since I was 25 years old. Mixed messages are difficult and need to be addressed.”

Ashton also recalls meeting Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page on the set of Channel 4’s Fresh Meat before he became famous.


Zawe Ashton for the October issue of Tatler magazine (Luc Braquet/Tatler/PA)

“I could see him being committed, clear about what he wanted to do,” she said. And so I gave him my number.”

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Soon after, 34-year-old Page, who played the sought-after Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in the first series of the Netflix series, texted Ashton to ask if she would write a cover letter. recommend him. US visa, which she agreed to do.

She added: “And then, 10 years later, I turned on Bridgerton and…”

Ashton also spoke about her personal preference, saying: “I think it’s like any choice. You make it and then do it as much as you can. “

The October issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download from Thursday, September 1. Zawe Ashton recalls facing ‘bullying, condescension and sarcasm’ in her career

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