Ashley Roberts Best Known For Being a part of the burlesque group called Pussycat Dolls from 2003 to 2010. With Pussycat Dolls, she released 2 albums entitled Doll Domination and PCD in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
Born Name Ashley Allyn Roberts
Nick Name Angel doll, Ash, Bombshell
Occupation Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer, model, TV personality
Years active 2001–present
Born: September 14, 1981, 37 years and 11 months, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Brown, but she likes to dye them Blonde.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra size 32B
Genre Pop, electropop, R&B
Labels A and M, Interscope, Metropolis, London Music Limited, Cherry Red
Ashley went to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Father – Pat Roberts (Auto dealer, previously a drummer for the Mamas the Papas band)
Mother – Peggy Lorraine (Pilates Instructor)
Siblings – Jayce Roberts (Brother)
She has English ancestry.
Ashley Allyn Roberts known as a former member of the American pop girl group and dance ensemble, The Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in February 2010, in order to pursue a solo singing and acting career, but also due to the overemphasis on the group’s main singer, Nicole Scherzinger.
Roberts is also well known in the United Kingdom, due to her participation in reality shows such as I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2012 and The Jump in 2015. She was a judge for two seasons of Dancing on Ice. Roberts co-hosted Ant and Decs Saturday Night Takeaway from 2013 to 2016; when former Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt took over. She has also taken part in the 2018 series of the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing, where she reached the final and currently has the highest average score of any contestant.
Life and career
1981–2002: Early life and career beginnings
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She is of Welsh descent. She began dancing at the age of three and singing at eight. Roberts’ father was a drummer for the Mamas & the Papas, later becoming an auto dealer and her mother was a Pilates instructor. They both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry.
Roberts’ hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter’s Oh Aaron and Not Too Young, Not Too Old music videos.
During high school summer breaks, Roberts traveled to California to study modern dance. After high school, at 19 years old, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. Roberts has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as Counting Crows Accidentally in Love, Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up, Jane’s Addiction’s True Nature, Aaron Carter’s Oh Aaron and Not Too Young, Not Too Old and Pink’s Trouble. Roberts cites Goldie Hawn, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Gwen Stefani as her main role models and inspirations.
2003–10: The Pussycat Dolls
Within six months of her move, Roberts auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls. At that time the Pussycat Dolls were an underground modern burlesque troupe. Following their growing popularity, music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair became involved with the group helping them to transform into a franchise. The former dance troupe evolved into a Pop music recording group. The only troupe members who remained after the re-casting process were Robin Antin (taking on the creative, executive and managerial roles), Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Ashley Roberts. After a few more auditions, singers Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones were added to the line-up. In 2004, they recorded “We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going” for the Shark Tale soundtrack and recorded the single, “Sway” which is featured on the soundtrack of Shall We Dance?. Jones left the group in 2005, Batten and Campbell had left earlier.
The Pussycat Dolls were launched into mainstream recognition following the release of PCD, which contained the number-one singles Don’t Cha, Buttons and Stickwitu. Roberts sang co-lead with Bachar and Sutta in the Stickwitu single B-side, Santa Baby. Bachar’s departure from the group preceded the release of their second and final studio album, Doll Domination, which contains hit singles, When I Grow Up, I Hate This Part and Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny). Roberts recorded a solo song called Played for the Doll Domination’s deluxe edition.
On January 29, 2010, Jessica Sutta revealed to E! Online that she had been ousted from the group, following a broken rib she sustained whilst on tour with the group, and thus confirmed her exit. On February 26, Kimberly Wyatt confirmed she was also leaving the group. The next day, Ashley Roberts announced her departure from the group via her website. In a letter to her fans, she made the following announcement.
Yes, I have left the Pussycat Dolls. I love you all sooo much!!! I am so grateful to have the love and support of all of you. It was an amazing ride and I learned so much! You all mean the world to me and I’m excited to take you all on a new adventure. An adventure full of creativity, inspiration, learning, growing and lots of fun.
Wyatt would later go on to confirm that all of the members had left the group, including Melody Thornton. Despite these changes, on May 24, a rumored third line-up would join Scherzinger. However, in late 2010, Scherzinger officially left the group to pursue a solo career. As a result, the original recording group line-up had officially disbanded. The group has sold 54 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
Roberts made her film debut as Brooke in the dance/drama/romance film Make It Happen with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. Production lasted from August 8 to September 17, 2007, and the film was directed by Darren Grant and distributed by The Weinstein Company. It premièred on August 8, 2008 in the UK to mixed but mainly positive reviews.
2010–present: Solo career and Butterfly Effect
After leaving the Dolls, Roberts traveled around the world, followed guru Amma and took several dance/acting classes. In 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of A Summer Place and was released on iTunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Wyatt’s music video for the single, Stars in Your Eyes. On June 14, 2012, she made a cameo appearance in Bobby Newberry’s music video for his debut single Dirrty Up, with ex-bandmate Melody Thornton. On October 10, 2012, Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry’s “All In A Day”, produced by the Invaders. The full version was released at the end of October. On November 5, 2012, Roberts announced that her first official solo single would be “Yesterday” and would be released that week.
On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, airing on ITV finishing as runner-up to Charlie Brooks. Despite not winning, she proved to be a popular public figure during her time on the show and it launched her solo career in the United Kingdom.
On May 25, 2014, Roberts’ single “Clockwork” was released. On September 1, 2014, Roberts’ debut album, Butterfly Effect, recorded at Metropolis in Chiswick, London was released. It was preceded by new single Woman Up.
On her official blog, Roberts announced that she would work on a number of different projects. She worked on her acting, and was a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. Roberts also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O’Day, Marques Houston, and Amanda Ghost.
She appeared on 90210 in the episode “Into the Wild” which aired on November 5, 2010, where she played a stripper.
On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. She finished as the runner-up behind Charlie Brooks.
In December 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would be one of the judges on the British celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice, from its eighth series. She returned as a judge for its ninth and final series in 2014.
She hosted the Ant vs Dec segment on the revived version of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway from 2013 to 2016. She also hosted 1st Look on NBC from 2016 until 2018.
In December 2014, Roberts was announced as a contestant for the second series of The Jump. She was eliminated in the second week.
Roberts served as a guest judge on BBC One’s Let It Shine in February 2017.
Products and endorsements
In March 2013, Roberts was announced as Garnier’s new self-tan spokesmodel and the face of Ambre Solaire No Streak Bronzer campaign.
Roberts has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.
In 2016, Roberts designed a women’s shoe collection for spring/summer 2017 called ALLYN, after her middle name.
On 3rd June 2019, Roberts will join Heart Breakfast as it goes national with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden as the showbiz expert for the show.
Strictly Come Dancing
Main article: Strictly Come Dancing (series 16)
On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Roberts would be a contestant on the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing . Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. They finished as joint runners-up to winners Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton on December 15, 2018. Roberts is the highest scoring contestant with a 36.9 average score and holds the record for the most perfect scores ever received by a contestant with five perfect scores.
Dyes her hair in different colors such as red, pink, blue, blonde, etc.
Several tattoos over the body. She has a tattoo on her left foot.
She was announced Garnier’s self-tan spokesmodel in March 2013.
The singer was also the face of Ambre Solaire No Streak Bronzer campaign.
As part of the girl group Pussycat Dolls –
She released her first album PCD on September 12, 2005 via A&M Records. The album is about 45 minutes long and received fairly good reviews. In the initial standard edition, it consists of 12 singles. It was certified as 2× Platinum in U.S., 3x Platinum in Australia, and the list goes on.
As a solo artist –
Ashley released her first album as an individual called Butterly Effect on September 1, 2014 via Metropolis London Music. Consisting of 10 singles in the standard version of the album, it was around 35 minutes long. At UK Indie chart, it peaked at #36 while otherwise, it reached at #159 in UK.
As an actress, Ashley first appeared in a 2005 crime musical comedy film Be Cool for her role as Pussycat Doll.
First TV Show
In 1999, Roberts played the role as Alex Fine in the CBS sitcom The Nanny in just 1 episode named The Game Show.
Her mother who is in the health business (Pilates instructor) first inspired Ashley to be fit.
Ashley likes to remain fit by dancing, spinning, doing hot yoga, and following a set circuit. She has a taut stomach as a result of her controlled eating and active lifestyle. Though, she has admitted to eating to nachos and burritos once in a while.
Ashley Roberts Favorite Things
Food – Nachos, burritos
Cocktail – Vodka
Ashley Roberts Facts
At 3, she started dancing. At 8, she began singing as well.
Ashley’s parents inspired her to enter into the show business / entertainment industry.
She practices meditation.
Ashley got inspiration from singers Goldie Hawn, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani.
From 2003 to 2010, she was a part of the girl group called The Pussycat Dolls. The other members of the group are Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, and Carmit Bachar. Due to overemphasis of the band’s main singer, Nicole Scherzinger, the band split in early 2010.
She has also launched her own line of lingerie especially for beaches in Australia.
To study modern dance, she used to visit California at the time of her high school summer breaks.
She has a dog, named, Cooper.