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Ashley Jensen, actor

For this episode, Yasmin and Alison talk to the brilliant, funny and down-to-earth Scottish actor Ashley Jensen, known for her roles in Extras, Ugly Betty, Catastrophe – and star of the Waitrose 2021 Christmas ad! She chats about Heston’s mince pies and her taste for sprouts (with pancetta), and shares tales of growing up in Scotland in the 1970s, enjoying her grandmother’s mince and tatties and a range of classic crisps including Frazzles and Monster Munch. She describes her no-nonsense response to Hollywood glitz and glamour (and her rejection of the idea that actresses must ‘stay young’) and also expresses her admiration for footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford and his work tackling child food poverty.


To watch Ashley in the Christmas advert, go to waitrose.com/Christmas.


To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.


Host: Yasmin Khan

Co-host: Alison Oakervee

Producers: Sera Berksoy

Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy

Editor: Nathan Copelin


A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners



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