Ashleigh graduated from Guildford School of Acting with the Principal's Award for Musical Theatre and the Margaret Veale Award for Singing.
Most recently, on stage, Ashleigh played the role of Amy is Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Aberdeen Arts Centre, for which she received much acclaim. However, she is probably best known for her portrayal of the green skinned Elphaba, in the hit musical, Wicked. Ashleigh’s long-standing affiliation with the show has seen her play the Wicked Witch both in the West End and regionally, leading the UK Touring company.
Other theatre credits include: Kathy in Vanities (West End), Stephanie Zinoni in Cool Rider (West End), Miranda in Betwixt (West End), Martha in The Secret Garden (UK Tour), Lorraine in I Dreamed A Dream (UK Tour), Kim in Taboo (UK Tour), Miss Lynch in Grease (UK Tour), Amanda in After the Turn (Courtyard Theatre), Kirsty in Terry Pratchett’s Only You Can Save Mankind (Edinburgh Pleasance), Emily in Myths and Hymns (Finborough Theatre), The Administrator in NHS The Musical (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), and various roles in Pantomimes including Robin Hood, Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk, for Qdos Entertainment.
Television credits include: Hotel Nurse in The Turning, directed by and starring Julia Davis (Sky Comedy); Tina Woodward in Doctors (BBC), Desperately Seeking Subo and There’s Something About Susan, both for STV. Ashleigh also featured as a lead vocalist on a commercial campaign for Admiral Multicar and played Kate in the Buddy Campaign for First Direct Bank.
Ashleigh regularly appears in concert as a Guest Vocalist, most notably with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 and with the Hallé Orchestra at various venues. Other concert work includes: You Raise Me Up with John Barrowman (London Palladium), Susan Boyle in Concert (UK Tour), The West End Men (UK Tour), Lee Mead and Friends (Pheasantry), Momentous Musicals (UK Tour), Scott Alan Live (Indig02) and many more.
For Radio, Ashleigh played Nicola in In 2 Minds, a play for the Audio Adventures in Time and Space series. She also regularly presents her own show, Musicality with Ashleigh Gray, for Black Diamond FM across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Ashleigh features on several Original Cast Recordings, including Cool Rider (Drury & Clegg), Muted (Interval Productions) and Christmas in New York (SpEckulation Entertainment).
In 2016, Ashleigh recorded the single Bridge Over Troubled Water with John Barrowman which features on his album, You Raise Me Up (Barrowman/Barker Productions).
Other recording credits as a featured artist include: Overture with Dan and Laura Curtis (Stacy Swain Productions), West End Unplugged (Parallel Productions), The Journey Home – Mark Evans (Sain Records), Surrounded by the Sounds (Tim Prottey Jones), Acoustic Overtures – The Songs of Dougal Irvine and Stand Tall (both for SimG Productions), Unwritten Songs – The Songs of Michael Bruce (SpEckulation Entertainment) and Sentimental Heart with Oliver.
Originally from Midlothian, Scotland, Ashleigh has gone on to establish herself as one of the UK’s finest leading ladies and recently had a theatre named after her, in honour of her achievements to date. The Ashleigh Gray Theatre opened its doors in early 2018.