“Ashleigh van der Hoven specializes in story-telling and opening minds through zest and compassion because she wants to shift perspectives and heal the planet.“
Ashleigh van der Hoven is a Film, TV and Theatre actress currently living in Cape
Town. She made her film debut in the Canadian feature film, Shark Killer,
starring alongside American heart-throb, Derek Theler, and shortly after
appeared in the German feature film, Zum Tuefel mit der Warheit, alongside
Bettina Zimmerman. Most recently, Ashleigh played Clea, a lead role in the much-
anticipated Indie film, Cut-Out Girls, where she tackled material around date
rape and rape culture. The film is currently in post-production.
She has also appeared in many short films, the highlights of which include working with Katie Rose Lucas in Los Angeles and a film about terror in the Middle East for USC Student, Majd Nassifi. Ashleigh is also currently a member of The Coffee Breaks an improv troupe in Cape Town who performed at the 2016 and 2017 Mama City Improv Festival as well as throughout the year.
Ashleigh finished high school at Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown, where she won the Best Actress Trophy, the subject prize for Drama and matriculated with distinction. She then moved to Los Angeles to study drama at the Stella Adler Acting Academy on the Actor's Conservatory. After 6 months Ashleigh returned to Cape Town to study Finance and Economics at UCT. During that time spent obtaining her degree, she made her theatre debut in Crimes of the Heart at the Masque Theatre and was consequently nominated for a CATA award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Upon completion of her Finance and Economics degree, Ashleigh went on to study at Act Cape Town Film Acting Academy in 2016 where she finished her 2nd year with distinction. A career highlight, made possible by ACT, was working with Nicola Hanekom and starring in her play Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which ran at the 2017 US Wordfees in Stellenbosch and the Cape Town Fringe Festival. It was nominated for Best Play at the Cape Town Fringe's “Fresh Awards”.
When Ashleigh isn't acting she is feeding her two other passions: boxing and horse riding. Ashleigh is an avid show jumper and steals away on weekends to gallop in greenbelts, flying over logs and cross-country jumps. Ashleigh stumbled upon boxing 4 years ago and has been training under pro-boxer and personal trainer, Stirling Shaw. She’ll be trying to find a gap in her acting schedule this year to tick off a huge bucket list item - fighting in an amateur boxing match. Catch some of her boxing skills below.