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Ashley Walters
Birth name Ashley Walters
Also known as Asher D
Born 30 June 1982 (1982-06-30) (age 27)
Origin Peckham, London, England
Genres UK garage, Grime, Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, musician, actor
Years active 2000 - present
Associated acts So Solid Crew

Ashley Walters (born June 30, 1982 in London, England), also known as Asher D, is an English rapper, musician and actor.

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Biography

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Personal life

He was born in Peckham, London and raised by his mother, Pamela Case, a local government officer.[1] He attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, in London, from the age of 7.

He has two sons (Shayon and Paniro) and a daughter (China), with wife Simone Walters .[2][3]

Music career

Musically, he is best known as Asher D in the group So Solid Crew. He enjoyed relative success as a lyricist, particularly for the number 1 hit 21 Seconds. After the group split, he went on to focus on other projects, most recently 2006's In Memory of the Street Fighter, featuring the single "Andrea".

Asher D released a new studio album in 2008 on AD82 records, entitled "The Appetiser", a full 12 track album produced by both Asher D and Laurence Ezra.

With Dewi Bruce Konuah, he co-owns a production company, AD82 Productions, specialising in talent in the British music and film industries.

Gun crime

Asher D did not escape the gun controversy that surrounded So Solid Crew. Following an argument with a traffic warden in July 2001, he was found to be carrying a loaded Brocock air pistol modified to fire live ammunition. He was arrested and, in 2002, jailed for 18 months, in a young offenders' institute. Having spent the previous nine months in custody, he only had a further nine months to serve.[4][5]

Acting career

Asher D is also an actor, appearing under his full name, Ashley Walters. He appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles at age 10 and Grange Hill at age 14 (in the role of "Andy"). He appeared in Bullet Boy, where he played Ricky who just came out of jail to start a new life/role, and was named Best Newcomer for the role, at the British Independent Film Awards. He also appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin' alongside rapper 50 Cent.

He played the role of "Wolf" in teenage spy film Stormbreaker, and "Danny" in the film Life and Lyrics from which he has received many plaudits. He has recently filmed WΔZ, alongside Selma Blair and Melissa George, and Sugarhouse Lane. He played Lacey in the BBC Three drama pilot West 10 LDN.

From episode 2 of the fourth series of BBC TV drama Hustle, he has played the character Billy Bond (replacing Adrian Lester who played Mickey Bricks). He was also cast as Bugzy on MTV series Top Buzzer and played the role of "Al B" in the 2006 production House of 9 alongside Dennis Hopper.

He has appeared on stage at the National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. Another feature film, Tuesday, sees him playing a jewel thief alongside John Simm, Philip Glenister and Cristian Solimeno.

He has also made appearances in cop show The Bill and firefighting drama London's Burning.

Ashley Walters has just finished his latest role in the film Dead Man Running alongside rapper 50 Cent.

Asher D's Grange Hill history & autobiography was referenced by the comedian Stewart Lee on 16 March 2009 on the BBC2 show "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" in the episode themed on "Toilet Books". He also appeared in 2009's TV adaptation of Small Island.

Discography

So Solid Crew albums

Solo albums

  • Why Me? — Unreleased garage album
  • Street Sibling — Released June 2004
  • Cure for Cancer Mixtape — Released June 2006
  • In Memory of the Street Fighter — Released October 2006
  • The Appetiser — Released November 2007
  • Ashley Walters - Released 2009

Singles

  • "Back in the Day / Why Me?" — Released May 2002
  • "Andrea" — Released January 2007
  • "Don't Feel Like Dancin'" — Released March 2007
  • "M.O.,Pt.2 - EP" - Released 27 October 2008
  • "With You" (with Mutya Buena)" - Released January 2009
  • "Own Two Feet (with Chipmunk)" - Released May 2009

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