Inspirational Speaker, Television and Radio Personality
Ashley Hayden is a top television presenter, actress, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and MC.
She has travelled the globe to shoot in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, while her appearances on M-Net have ensured that she is an instantly recognizable and glamorous addition to any function.
Having taken away from the cameras to raise a young family, 2006 saw her make a welcome return to showbiz with a role in the BBC production “Coup”, as well as finding time to travel the country to host launches, conferences and MC Gala evenings.
Recent highlights include the 100th episode of “The Weakest Link”, where she won the show and donated the money to the SPCA.
Dance fans were delighted to discover that she has never been one to back away from a challenge – 2008 saw her taking to the floor for a new series of “Strictly Come Dancing”, where despite breaking her toe early in the series, she continued to the quarter finals.
2010 saw her back on the small screen as one of the contestants in M-Net’s Survivor: Santa Carolina, a gruelling undertaking that called on all her resources to make it through to the final. Having set a new Survivor record by winning 5 back to back immunity challenges, South Africa voted her as their choice of Ultimate Survivor.She then went on to win the celebrity charity edition of “Come Dine With Me SA”.
2012/3 saw her as a co-host of “The Complimentary Breakfast”, Jacaranda FM’s morning drive show.
2018 sees her returning to her first love – acting – in the 26 part drama series “Ambitions” due for release on ETV, which sees her stretching her abilities to play an alcoholic, workaholic newspaper editor, hot on the trail of corruption in the highest corridors of power in our land.
A versatile and talented performer, Ashley has spent the last decade presenting on television and radio, acting for both the big and small screen, hosting numerous events in the corporate sector, and delivering talks to selected audiences. She has been sharing the fruits of her experience with business executives, training them to face audiences and media via her “Present Like a Pro” Development Programme.
She also speaks to female audiences with her “Women Mean Business” series of talks and seminars, and to mixed audiences with her presentation “The Game Of Life” which extrapolates lessons learned on a desert island about teamwork, leadership, and individual goals.