Aardman's Arthur Christmas Lines Up All-Star British Cast
ASHLEY JENSEN’s breakout performance came as the loveable loser Maggie Jacobs on the BBC/HBO series, “Extras,” in which she stars opposite Ricky Gervais. For her work in “Extras,” she has received two British Comedy Awards (Best Actress, Best Newcomer), the Golden Rose of Montreaux award, Best Actress at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival, Glamour Magazine’s Comedy Woman of the Year award and she was nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy award. Other notable television work includes ABC hit drama “Ugly Betty” and the new CBS comedy series, “Accidentally on Purpose.”
Jensen’s film credits include Topsy Turvy for director Mike Leigh and Tristram Shandy, opposite Steve Coogan, for director Michael Winterbottom. She recently completed production on television drama “The Reckoning” will next begin production opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in new feature film Hysteria. Her voice will be heard in Gnomeo and Juliet and in Aardman Animations’/Sony Pictures Animation’s The Pirates!
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. The studio has won over 400 international awards including 4 Oscars.
Aardman’s highly creative stop-motion style and creative sensibilities have proven popular with critics and audiences around the world. In 2000, Chicken Run, their debut feature, took in nearly $225 million worldwide; since then, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit grossed nearly $200 million and Flushed Away, their first CG feature, earned $176million. All three films have achieved enormous critical acclaim, with the three films earning a total of 27 Annie Award nominations (the animation community’s highest honor). In addition, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was honored with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. www.aardman.com In addition to ‘Arthur Christmas’ Aardman is also in production on a stop frame movie ’The Pirates!’
About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its most recent hit, the mouth-watering 3D comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the 2007 Academy Award®-nominated and Annie Award-winning Surf's Up with a full slate of feature films including Hotel Transylvania and, in association with Columbia Pictures, the live-action/animation hybrid The Smurfs. Sony Pictures is also in production with Aardman Animations on their next two films, the CG animated Arthur Christmas and the stop-frame animation, The Pirates! Open Season 3, a sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s first film Open Season, is now in production for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.