Ashley Shelton got her start by starring in the critically-acclaimed Something, Anything (2015 NYT Critics' Pick, The Dissolve's "Essential Viewing"). She also was featured on IndieWire's year end critics poll best lead actress list.
She has also appeared in numerous films, on television, and on stage. She loves taking portraits, writing, football, baseball, learning to pitch like Brian Wilson, The OA, watching movies (in the theater preferably with popcorn), and her 12 year old chorkie, April.
A graduate in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Shelton resides in Tennessee and is passionate about telling stories from the heart.
Her mission is to bring light to dark places through storytelling. To entertain, become your best friend through art and movies, let you know you are not alone, and to connect with ALL people through cinema.
Jeannette Catsoulis - The New York Times: NYT Critics' Pick "Emotionally ambitious...a lovely, low-key performance from Ms. Shelton"
Michał Oleszczyk - RogerEbert.com: ★★★1/2 (out of 4) "A work of...simple, unforgettable beauty."
Matthew Dessem - The Dissolve: Essential Viewing: ★★★★ (out of 5) "Margaret, played with intelligence and grace... Shelton’s performance is luminous."
Justin Chang, Variety: "Marked by an affecting and understated performance from newcomer Ashley Shelton"
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer / Patheos: "the subtlety and sensitivity of Ashley Shelton’s lead performance reminded me, at times, of Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue"
Glenn Kenny - Some Came Running: "[Ashley] Shelton’s performance has a steady intensity that gives off a soft but beautiful light throughout."
Michael Glover - White City Cinema: “More importantly, Magnolia & Clementine starts off as a comedy but unexpectedly morphs into a poignant tale of self-discovery, a Chaplin-esque tonal balancing act that Shelton pulls off with admirable precision.”
Ashley’s film MAGNOLIA & CLEMENTINE is on Amazon Prime now!!! Click to watch -
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RT2F2P8 - written and directed by Ashley.
Ashley will bringing the lead role of Alice to life in Alice Fades Away, premiering in 2019
Check out Ashley’s photography page - https://ashleyshelton.smugmug.com