Ashley was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Bristol, and the University Of Sussex in Brighton. He then graduated from the National Film And Television School with WATER’S EDGE, a short coming-of-age film set in Somerset.
WATER’S EDGE was nominated for a short-film BAFTA and went on to win awards at the Chicago, Berlin and Bilbao Film Festivals. Wrote screenplay for his first feature, WHITE ELEPHANT, shot in Ghana and starring Peter Firth.
After swanning around Southern Africa writing obscure movies that nobody wanted to make, Ashley spent three years on the BBC soap EASTENDERS, where he taught the young Matthew Graham how to hold a pen. After writing on the first series of SILENT WITNESS, he went on to create WHERE THE HEART IS, a show that ran for ten years on the ITV Network. Other series that Ashley created and wrote during this time include PARADISE HEIGHTS, DOWN TO EARTH and LIFE SUPPORT. ANCHOR ME was a two-parter for Granada that starred Iain Glenn and Annette Crosbie. Also at this time, Ashley adapted TOM BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYS (starring Stephen Fry, produced by Company Pictures) and Thomas Hardy’s UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE (Keeley Hawes, produced by Eccosse), both for ITV. Finally, Ashley created and wrote the smash-hit family drama WILD AT HEART (starring Stephen Tompkinson) for Company Pictures which is currently in its sixth series. Wild At Heart was remade as LIFE IS WILD for the CW Network in the USA.
After an infamous weekend in the seaside resort of Blackpool with Matthew Graham and Tony Jordan, LIFE ON MARS was born. Although its gestation was long and sometimes frustrating, it burst onto British screens in 2006 to good reviews and good ratings and a clutch of awards. It was remade for ABC, starring Harvey Keitel. It was now that Ashley and Matthew formed Monastic Productions, and their first produced series were ASHES TO ASHES (in association with Kudos Film And Television) and BONEKICKERS (with Mammoth Screen).
Ashley Pharoah is represented in the UK by Leah Schmidt at The Agency (London) Ltd,
24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park, London, W11 4LZ
Tel: 020 7727 1346 Fax: 020 7727 9037
Ashley Pharoah is represented in the USA by Ted Miller / Brett Lonca
Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: 424.288.2000 Fax: 424.288.2900