Ashe, Arthur Robert, 1943-93, American tennis player, b. Richmond, Va. Ashe rose from his hometown's public courts to become the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis. He won the 1965 intercollegiate singles championship while at the Univ. of California at Los Angeles. Denied a visa by South Africa on racial grounds in 1970, Ashe forced the issue, appearing before the United Nations and urging the World Tennis Union to expel South Africa because of its apartheid policy. Noted for his grace, hard-hit topspin, and outstanding backhand, Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open, the 1970 Australian Open, and the 1975 Wimbledon title. He retired as a player following a 1979 heart attack, but continued to serve as the U.S. Davis Cup captain. In 1992 he announced that he had acquired AIDS from a heart operation years earlier. He remained an active spokesperson on many issues, including race relations and AIDS, until his death.
Ashe, John, c.1720-1781, American Revolutionary general, b. Brunswick co., N.C. Speaker of the colonial assembly (1762-65) and a leader of the opposition to the Stamp Act, he was important to the patriot cause in North Carolina. On Mar. 3, 1778, Ashe, a major general commanding North Carolina troops, was defeated by British regulars at Briar Creek, a tributary of the Savannah. The British hold on Georgia was thereby strengthened.

Daniela Denby-Ashe (born 9 August 1978, London) is an English actress.

Early life

Daniela Denby-Ashe was born in London in 1978, and she has a brother two years her junior. Denby-Ashe is of exclusively Polish descent. Her father, Mirosław Pszkit (pronounced "Pshkeet"), was born in Poland and came to the United Kingdom aged 12. Denby-Ashe's mother was born in the UK and raised in France, but had Polish parents. Because of this, Denby-Ashe is fluent in French and Polish, as well as English. When her parents were getting married, they used the telephone directory to search for a suitable English-sounding surname, as some people wouldn't learn how to pronounce Pszkit. One found "Denby", the other "Ashe" and as they couldn't decide which to use, they decided to double-barrel the two surnames.

Denby-Ashe began studying ballet at the age of two and a half, and from the ages of 10 to 16, she attended Ravenscourt Theatre School. Her early career included television adverts and playing Saffy's daughter in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1995. Other early appearances included The Bill and the Channel 4 sitcom Desmond's.


Daniela Denby-Ashe was first seen on television in an advert for KP Skips ("All that fizzin' and meltin'"), which then led her to her big break when, in 1995, she got the role of Sarah Hills in EastEnders. She played this character until 1999. The following year, she got the role of Janey Harper in a new BBC sitcom called My Family. Denby-Ashe took a break from My Family for the fourth series in 2003, but returned to this role in 2004.

In 2004, she took the lead female role of Margaret Hale in the BBC drama adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, and in 2006 played Mary in the Torchwood episode Greeks Bearing Gifts. Her other television roles include Is Harry on the Boat?, Office Gossip, Rescue Me and The Afternoon Play. In 2005, she appeared in a Radio 4 comedy called Ring Around the Bath. Denby-Ashe has also performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Criterion Theatre, London in The Countess and in Motortown at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre.

In 2007, Denby-Ashe starred as Robert Maxwell's secretary in Maxwell, a BBC drama about his life.


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