Ashleigh Cummings is an Australian actress who became famous for her portrayal of Robyn Mathers in the movie ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’, for which she was nominated for the Best Young Actor award at the 2010 Australian Film Institute Awards. Cummings spent the first 12 years of her life in Saudi Arabia before she relocated to Australia with her family. She had received ballet lessons since she was two years old. At age 14, she enrolled at Brent Street School of Performing Arts for training in dancing and acting. She subsequently studied at Wenona School in North Sydney and was also a student of the film and television school Screenwise. In 2007, Cummings made her screen debut in the Australian musical comedy film ‘Razzle Dazzle’. She appeared in three episodes of Seven Network’s soap opera ‘Home and Away’, in 2009. In the ensuing years, she has delivered memorable performances in shows like ‘Puberty Blues’, ‘Gallipoli’, ‘Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries’, ‘Westside’, and ‘NOS4A2’. For her performance in the 2016 film ‘Hounds of Love’, Cummings received the Best Actress in a Debut Film (Venice Days) Award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
In 2007, Ashleigh Cummings made her screen debut as part of Miss Elizabeth’s Dance Troupe in Darren Ashton’s musical comedy ‘Razzle Dazzle’. That year, she joined the Participate Film Academy for a course on film production. The 2008 crime drama ‘Green Fire Envy’ was the result of this. In 2009, she played Ali Edmonds in three episodes of ‘Home and Away’.
Her breakthrough role came about in 2010 when she was cast as quiet, serious, and competitive Robyn Mathers in the action-adventure war drama film ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’, which was based on the first book of the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. In September 2010, she began performing in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of ‘Our Town’. She starred in two short films in 2013; ‘My Mother Her Daughter’ and ‘Greg’s First Day’, and one in 2014—‘Snowblind’. In the drama film ‘Galore’ (2013), she portrayed a teenager named Billie, who is in love with her best friend’s boyfriend.
From 2012 to 2014, Ashleigh Cummings played Debbie Vickers in Network Ten’s coming-of-age-drama TV series ‘Puberty Blues’, which was the television adaptation of the 1979 novel of the same name by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette. Her performance in the show was well-received, earning her two AACTA Award nominations (2013 and 2015) for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama.
Between 2012 and 2015, she essayed the role of Dorothy 'Dot' Williams in the ABC mystery-adventure drama series ‘Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries’. Cummings is set to reprise her role in the upcoming film based on the series.
Ashleigh Cummings starred as Celia Houghton in Nine Network’s seven-part television miniseries ‘Gallipoli’ in 2015. In the critically acclaimed 2016 crime thriller ‘Hounds of Love’, she portrayed Vicki Maloney, a smart and charming teenager who gets kidnapped by a seemingly trustworthy couple, John (Stephen Curry) and Evelyn White (Emma Booth). She was cast as the goth-styled vegan activist Keira Leigh-Jones in Matt Murphy’s comedy road movie ‘Pork Pie’ (2017).
In between 2017 and 2018, Ashleigh Cummings appeared in 12 episodes of New Zealand comedy-drama television series ‘Westside’ In 2018, she landed the role of the female lead Vic McQueen in the AMC supernatural horror drama series ‘NOS4A2’. Inspired by the novel of the same name by Joe Hill, the series began airing on June 2, 2019. This is Cummings’ first American TV show. She is slated to appear in the upcoming film ‘The Goldfinch’.
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Family & Personal Life
Ashleigh Cummings was born on November 11, 1992, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her mother is a sonographer and her father is radiographer father. At the time of Ashleigh’s birth, they were employed by the Saudi royal family. Ashleigh has a younger sister named Hannah.
Ashleigh has always been interested in performing. At age two, she started taking ballet lessons. Her parents returned to Australia when Ashleigh was 12 years old. At age 14, she began attending Street School of Performing Arts for dancing and acting lessons. Cummings then joined Wenona School in North Sydney, from where she obtained her high-school degree in 2010. She has graduated from the Screenteens Program at the Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors in Sydney, Australia. Cummings has also completed online philosophy courses at Sydney and Macquarie universities. She has taken Online Masterclass by Dustin Hoffman.
In 2016, Ashleigh Cummings managed to obtain the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, which enabled her to study acting in Los Angeles.
She has been in a relationship with fellow Australian actor, Aaron Jakubenko, since (2016).