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Ashley Taylor Dawson
Name: Ashley Taylor Dawson
DOB: 11 January 1982
Birth Place: Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
Claim to fame: Plays Darren Osborne in Hollyoaks
- The weirdest place he’s ever woken up is in some cat food (!!)
- He stripped off for a magazine to raise money for a cancer charity
- He says he’d really like Inception’s Tom Hardy to join the Hollyoaks cast. Good luck with that one, Ashley!
- He was overjoyed when he was paired on-screen with Mandy Richardson, as he’d always fancied her when he watched Hollyoaks in his teens
Ashley Taylor Dawson joined Scamps, a youth theatre company, before progressing onto the National Youth Theatre.
A big fan of Manchester United, he briefly considered becoming a footballer before landing the role of Darren Osbourne in Hollyoaks. He replaced Adam Booth when he joined the cast in 1999, aged 17.
He went for another career change a year later, joining pop band ALLSTARS* and appearing in their CITV series, STARStreet*. The group lasted three years before splitting up, at which point he returned to Hollyoaks.
He lives with fiancée Karen McKay, and their child, Buddy Mac Taylor Dawson, who was born in March 2011.