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Ashen on the set of Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child (2013).
|Born||Stuart Clive Ashen|
16 December 1976
Norwich, England, UK
|Education||Doctorate in Psychology|
|Occupation||Actor, YouTube reviewer, animator, etc.|
|Also known as||Ashens, Dr. Ashen, Discount Simon Pegg|
|Years active||c. 2006–present|
|Subscribers||1.34 million+ (ashens)|
|Total views||414 million+ (ashens)|
45 million+ (extraashens)
12 million+ (Barshens)
|Updated 15 June 2018|
Stuart Clive Ashen (born 16 December 1976), commonly known by his online alias Ashens (also in lowercase as ashens; // ASH-ənz), is a British comedian, critic, animator, actor, author, producer and online reviewer of various products; his reviews usually include video games, toys and food. Starting such videos in his distinctive style on YouTube from 2006, the items he humourously reviews are often of low quality (most notably from Poundland), or are poor knockoffs of well-received or well-known products, which he tends to endearingly refer to as "tat". As of 2019, his main YouTube channel has garnered over 1.3 million subscribers.
Stuart Clive Ashen was born in Heartsease Estate, Norwich and attended Heartsease High School. He previously worked for PC World and Norwich Union. His mother passed away of cancer when he was eight years old.
In 2010, Ashen created the series Ashen's Tech Dump for BBC Online Comedy. In 2011, Ashens co-starred alongside Karen Hayley in another BBC Online Comedy series Back Space. The next year, he starred as himself in The Proxy, a sci-fi webseries produced by ChannelFlip in partnership with Dell Alienware. The series took eight days to film, consists of 10 episodes and won a Marketing Week "Engage Award" in the "Gaming and Entertainment" section.
Ashen released the book Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey on 23 September 2012; it parodies the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The title is literal, as the book simply consists of the phrase "Shades of Grey" repeated 50,000 times. A 25-part audiobook of the parody was recorded and released on YouTube.
In 2013, Ashen, along with Emma Blackery, Dan Howell (Daniel Howell) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil), starred as a contestant in a remake of the 1980s TV show Knightmare during the YouTube Geek Week event.
As of July 2018[update], Ashen has produced over 710 videos, has over 1.3 million subscribers to his primary YouTube channel Ashens and over 352 million video views. His secondary channel, used mainly for DVD extra-style clips, along with an annual look with Daniel "NerdCubed" Hardcastle at a series of Advent calendars throughout December, has over 300,000 subscribers and over 37 million video views. In addition to his own channels he has also produced videos for other YouTube channels, which included "The Multiverse", a geek-themed channel controlled by ChannelFlip.
Ashen wrote and starred in Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild, a feature film released in August 2013, for YouTube's "Geek Week". The film also stars Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn, and was produced by the multi-channel network ChannelFlip, in association with The Multiverse. The film was partially paid for through crowdfunding website Indiegogo with contributions totalling US$73,690 at the end of the month, which comprised 41% of the US$180,000 budget. As of June 2016[update] it has been viewed over a million times on YouTube. A remastered and slightly extended edition of the movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 14 July 2014. On 2 July 2018, the full film was released on his YouTube channel. In 2016, Ashen confirmed a sequel to the movie at a fan screening. On July 2018, Ashen created another Indiegogo campaign for a sequel entitled, Ashens and the Polybius Heist. By the time funding was closed, the project earned over US$195,000 from over 4,000 backers. As of January 22, 2019, it's currently in pre-production.
In November 2015 Ashen released the book Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, a collection of textual reviews of poor retro games, released through the Unbound crowdfunding platform. The book reached its funding target in 12 hours.
On 24 February 2017 Ashen announced a sequel to Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, titled Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, again through Unbound, was released on 2 November 2017.
As of 2013[update], Ashen lives in his hometown of Norwich. He has a doctorate in psychology, but claims to have never professionally worked as one. As of August 2017, he has a girlfriend.
Ashen has criticized the veracity of his Wikipedia article, saying that it has listed untrue statements about his life; he wrote in 2017, "[my article] used to claim I was a spokesman for the British Egg Council".
|2012||Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey||Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey|
|2015||Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of|
|2017||Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of||sequel to Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of|
|2010||Ashen's Tech Dump||Himself, lead role||Four episodes over two series|
|2011||Back Space||Himself||Six episodes|
|2012||The Proxy||Himself, lead role||Ten episodes|
|2013–2014||Ideas Men||Himself||Nine episodes over two series plus Series One and Two Bloopers|
|2013||Knightmare||Himself, dungeoneer||Special online one-off episode|
|2013||Geek Week Special||Himself||Single episode, panelist|
|2018||Digitiser: The Show||Himself, Insincere Dave|
|2008||Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe||Mr Noseybonk||Cameo appearance, one episode|
|2009||The Armstrong & Miller Show||Himself||Guest star, one episode|
|2015||Newsnight||Himself||Interviewee, one episode|
|2013||Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild||Himself, lead role||Co-writer|
|2016||The Darkest Dawn||Bob|
|TBA||Ashens and the Polybius Heist||Himself, lead role||Co-writer, sequel to Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild|
|TBA||Sariel||Father Adrian Servo|