Who is Asher Keddie?
Australian actress Asher Keddie was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 31 July 1974, meaning that her zodiac sign’s Leo. She’s had roles in more than 50 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her playing of Dr. Carol Frost in the hit 2009 science fiction action movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, which Gavin Hood directed, and which starred Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber and Hugh Jackman. It follows the early life of mutant James Logan, and the movie won three of its 24 award nominations.
Education and early life
Asher was raised alongside her sibling Bronte Keddie in Melbourne, by their father James and mother Robi Keddie, both of whom were high school teachers.
Asher was still attending a local elementary school when she fell in love with acting, and was 11 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Emma in the 1985 episode “Possum” of the family drama “Five Mile Creek”. The same year saw her make her debut film appearance, portraying Anna Simpson in the romantic drama “Glass Babies”.
She was also interested in dancing, and began taking ballet lessons aged five. Asher was 14 when she was to audition at the Australian Ballet School, however, she dislocated her knee and had to give up on her dreams of becoming a famous dancer.
She studied at St. Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda from which she matriculated in 1992; Asher didn’t attend college.
Roles in movies
In 1986, Asher played Emma Hannon in the romantic drama “The Last Frontier”, and some of her following roles were in the 1988 comedy “Two Brothers Running”, the 1996 action drama “The Feds: Deadfall” and the 1997 drama “The Devil Game”.
The year 1999 saw Asher star as Girl #2 in the thriller “Redball”, written and directed by Jon Hewitt, and which also starred Belinda McClory and John Brumpton. It follows two detectives as they’re trying to catch the serial killer Mr. Creep, and the movie won a Chicago Underground Film Festival Award for Best Narrative Feature.
Some of Asher’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the 2005 short horror “The Intruder”, the 2006 crime drama “The Society Murders”, and the 2009 thriller drama “Beautiful”.
After having appeared in multiple unsuccessful movies, Asher was cast to play Gale Marsh in the 2018 comedy “Swinging Safari”, written and directed by Stephan Elliott, and which starred Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jesse Denyer. It follows the growing up of an Australian teenager in the ‘70s, and the film was nominated for four awards.
Asher’s since appeared in only two movies: the 2019 horror thriller “Dark Whispers: Volume 1”, and the 2020 comedy “Rams”.
Roles in TV series
In 1988, Asher appeared in an episode of the drama “Dusty”, and could then have been seen appearing in an episode or two of the drama “Snowy”, the crime mystery “Janus”, and the crime drama “Law of the Land”.
In 1997 and 1998, she portrayed Claire Ferrari in the crime mystery “State Coroner”, created by Michael Harvey, and which starred Wendy Hughes, Bob Baines and Elaine Smith. It follows three detectives as they’re investigating unexplained deaths, and the series was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Television Mini Series or Telefeature.
The first half of the 2000s saw Asher appear in an episode of the drama “The Secret life of Us”, another drama “MDA”, and the crime action “Blue Heelers”, then between 2004 and 2007, she starred as Julia Jackson in the romantic drama “Love My Way”, created by John Edwards, and which also starred Claudia Karvan and Brendan Cowell. It follows a group of friends who are in their 30s, and the series won 31 of its 65 award nominations.
In 2011, Asher appeared in two episodes of the biographical historical drama “Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo”, and from 2010 to 2017, she stared as Nina Proudman in the critically acclaimed comedy “Offspring”, created by Debra Oswald and Imogen Banks, and which also starred Kat Stewart and Richard Davies. It follows the love life of obstetrician Nina Proudman, and the series won 12 of its 50 award nominations.
Asher’s three most recent TV series roles have been in four episodes of the 2019 drama “The Hunting”, six episodes of the 2020 drama “Stateless”, and eight episodes of the 2021 mystery thriller “Nine Perfect Strangers”.
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Asher sang the songs “Carra Barra Wirra Canna” and “A Child’s Thank You” in the 1985 action adventure thriller movie “Fortress”.
She’s recently made a guest appearance in talk-shows “Finding the Archibald”, “IMDb on the Scene – Interviews”, and “Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle Mcmahon”.
Awards and nominations
Asher’s won 10 of her 39 award nominations. She won a 2007 Astra Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female, for “Love My Way”, a 2015 Logie Award for Most Popular Actress, for her performance in both “Party Tricks” and “Offspring”, and a 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Favorite TV Actor of the Decade.
Love life and husband
Asher’s married twice. Her first husband was Australian actor and singer Jay Bowen; he’s appeared in only five movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for his playing of Cab Driver in the 1991 crime mystery movie “Deceived”. The two married in January 2007, but divorced in 2011.
Asher married her second husband, Australian portrait artist Vincent Fantauzzo in April 2014, and gave birth to their son Valentino Fantauzzo on 1 March 2015.
She hasn’t spoken about other men whom she’s dated, Asher’s married to her second husband Vincent Fantauzzo as of December 2022, and they have a son together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
It was celebrity chef Matt Moran who introduced her to her husband Vincent Fantauzzo.
Asher has a step-son, Luca Fantauzzo born in 2010.
She’s followed by close to 100,000 people on Instagram and has posted over 220 pictures onto the social media network, most of these featuring her and her friends spending time together.
Asher enjoys being physically active, whether working out at the gym, going for a morning run or hiking.
Her favorite actors are Robert Downey Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio, and a couple of her favorite movies are “Iron Man 2”, “Due Date” and “The Judge”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Asher’s age is 48. She has light blue eyes and blonde hair, she’s 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs about 120lbs (54kgs).
Asher’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $6 million as of December 2022.