Erica Chantal Ash, born on September 19, 1977, is more than just an actor. She’s worked as a singer, comedian, content creator, and model. Ash is most famous for her role on “Survivor’s Remorse” and the comedy program “MADtv,” eventually expanding her repertoire to include film roles and voice acting parts for video games. She also co-hosted shows like “The Real” and “The Daily News” and regularly supports her favorite causes by hosting fundraisers and charity events.
Erica Ash had a bit of a nomadic lifestyle growing up. Being a military brat — both parents served their country — Ash moved around a lot, living in different places worldwide. You’d think a person so talented and in love with the performing arts would have chosen this as their career right from childhood, but this was not the case for Ash. She went a different direction, initially focusing all her efforts on becoming a doctor. While she did attend a performing arts school in Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a degree in pre-medicine. She soon began preparing for her entrance to medical school.
A trip to Japan changed the course of her life. She tried her hand at modeling and singing, becoming a runway model and backup singer. This experience opened the door to a new career, and Ash never looked back.
Ash got her first big break in a Broadway play, “The Lion King,” which also played internationally. She later made a successful transition to television, appearing on “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” “MADtv,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” and “In Contempt,” among countless others. In addition to appearing in plays, television series, and films more than 23 times, she’s also hosted and made guest appearances on several shows throughout the years. She created her comedy website and even a YouTube channel, where she would post hilarious character videos of herself. Ash is also remarkably active with charitable organizations and uses her platform to promote causes dear to her heart.
Ash voices different characters in video games like “Shenmue II,” “DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix,” “DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix,” “DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution,” and “Bloody Roar 4.”
Ash lands a role as Nala in the Broadway adaptation of “The Lion King.”
Ash is cast as a member of “The Big Gay Sketch Show” for two seasons.
Ash is a featured performer for the show's 14th and final season, alongside Matt Braunger, Eric Price, and Lauren Pritchard.
Ash plays Mary Charles ‘M-Chuck’ Calloway on the Starz series “Survivor's Remorse.”
Ash plays Julie Vous Coucher in the sitcom.
Ash is part of the star-studded cast of “Violet,” a 2021 drama movie.
Why We Love Erica Ash
She's got diverse talents
Ash has shown off skills in acting, hosting, singing, and performing during her years on the stage and the screen. Two decades on, she shows no signs of stopping.
She backs many causes
It's not only 'Girls For A Change' that received Ash's support; she is even an Innocence Ambassador’ for ‘The Innocence Project’ and is a member of 'Step Up.’ She's mentioned wanting to use her platform for good, leading to her involvement with different charities and causes.
She's also truly funny
We can prove it too. All you have to do is check out her YouTube channel, which is not as active now but still has old performance videos which showcase Ash in all her comedic glory.
5 Surprising Facts
You might know Ash's friends
Comedian Loni Love, actress Tisha Campbell, and Ash are very close and have even pranked each other during their appearances on Love's talk show, “The Real.”
She's received many award nominations
She is a three-time nominee for the WIN Award for 'Actress Comedy Series,' and she's received nominations for the Vision Award for 'Best Performance-Comedy' and the Image Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.'
“MADtv's” female African-American representation
In the show's 14-year history, Ash was only the fifth African-American female cast member after Debra Wilson, Daniele Gaither, Nicole Randall Johnson, and Daheli Hall.
She initially worked two jobs
Her roles in the Broadway production of "The Lion King" and the television comedy series "The Big Gay Sketch Show" briefly overlapped.
She advocates for ‘Girls For A Change'
Ash became this charity group's celebrity advocate after a meeting with 'Girls For A Change's C.E.O. Angela Patton at one of the foundation's events.
Erica Ash FAQs
What T.V. shows did Erica Ash play on?
Ash has been a part of more than 25 television shows, including “Cold Case,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” “Bless the Harts,” “Love on a Two-Way Street,” “Mad T.V.,” and “Sacrifice,” among others.
Where is Erica Ash from?
The talented actress is originally from America’s flattest state — Florida.
Who plays Veronica Greasley in “Legacies?”
Ash played Veronica Greasley, the mom of Milton Greasley, the main character in “Legacies.” She first appeared in episode 13 of the first season.
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