If you know the name Ashley Palmer, it is most likely due to the outrageous success of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which exploded from a micro-budget indie film to record breaking blockbuster, catapulting the five cast members into notoriety. Her memorable performance of Diane’s online exorcism was so real and disturbing that many viewers believed it to be found footage. However, Ashley’s long career has been rich with a diverse variety of performances that have only occasionally come to a bloody end.
Ashley has always been a storyteller. She got an auspicious start, playing the title role in a community production of CHICKEN LITTLE at age 5. As a child growing up in the Midwest she devoured books and dove on every opportunity to perform, from battling for the lead in school plays and solos in church choir, to producing, directing and starring in homemade soap operas she shot on the family video camera.
By age 16 Ashley had booked the leading role in her first professional acting job and started traveling to New York City to train and perform. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Musical Theatre, dabbled in modeling, trained in improv at UPRIGHT CITIZEN’S BRIGADE and started working regularly in professional theatres. Ashley’s skill in giving natural and intense performances translated easily to film and soon she was transitioning to the West Coast to pursue more work in film and television.
Among her most memorable stage experiences, Ashley includes creating her own role in the original Off-Broadway production of PIECES (of Ass), working with Elaine Stritch in LITTLE WOMEN, and playing Helena Mayer in the national tour of OLYMPIC SPIRIT. Favorite roles have included Lina Lamont in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Cecily in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Louisa in THE FANTASTICKS, Polly Browne in THE BOYFRIEND, Serenity in AND THE WINNER IS and the title roles in CINDERELLA and LYSISTRATA.
On television you may have seen her opposite Bradley Cooper in KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL or Greg Grunberg in LOVE BITES, as well as on PERCEPTION, CRIMINAL MINDS, HAPPY HOUR, STATE OF THE UNION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and SEX AND THE CITY. Some of her film credits include TWIN FALLS, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, A STRANGE BRAND OF HAPPY, DEPTH OF A DARK SIDE, REMEMBER TO BREATHE, and CROCODILE. You can find more of her comedic work in the webseries’ SAVING RENT, ENGAGED, HOLLYWOOD WASTELAND and MOUNTAIN MAN.
Throughout her career Ashley’s performances have captured the attention of audiences and critics, whether on a local stage or at film festivals around the world. She has performed in film, television, theatre, webseries, commercials, print, voice over, and hosting. She has also written a book (Fourteen Minutes of Fame, coming out in 2015), directed a play, developed a travel show, started an improv comedy team, worked behind the scenes on 3 seasons of MAD MEN and is in the process of creating her own production company, Actually Entertainment. Still, to this day, everything Ashley does is in the interest of telling fascinating stories in honest and engaging ways.
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