An actress hailing from Downey, California, Ashley Edner has been in the entertainment industry since she was a child. The younger sister of actor Bobby Edner received Young Artist nominations for her guest starring performances in “Party of Five” (1999), “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000), “7th Heaven” (2000) and “Judging Amy” (2002) and for playing Amy Davis and Tina Corman in the film “Rain” (2001) and the TV film “Monster Makers” (2003), respectively. She won the Young Artist Award in 2002 thanks to her guest starring portrayal of Melissa Bates in “The Huntress” (2001). Her TV credits also include recurring roles in “The Amanda Show” (1999-2001) and “Listen Up” (2004-2005). Making her big screen debut along side Winona Ryder and John Hurt in “Lost Souls” (2000), Edner's follow up film credits include “Spider-Man” (2002, with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst), “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2003, opposite David Spade), “House of Sand and Fog” (2003, with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley), “Mummy an' the Armadillo” (2004, with Lori Heuring) and “Foreign Exchange” (2008, opposite Jennifer Coolidge). In her new film, “Hanna's Gold” (2009), she will portray Tiffaney.
Also a voice over actress, Edner has lent her voices for a number of animated projects, including “The Lion King II: Simba's Pride” (1998), “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), “Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure” (2003) and “Justice League” (2002-2004).
Bobby's Little Sister
Childhood and Family:
Ashley Louise Edner was born on December 17, 1990, in Downey, California. She is the daughter of Robert and Cindy Edner. Her older brother, Bobby Edner (born on October 5, 1988), is also an actor. Ashley's father recently tried his hand at producing with work in the science fiction film “Research: Paranormal” (2009) and the upcoming Brittany Murphy comedy “Shrinking Charlotte” (2010).
When not working, Ashley enjoys dancing, singing, and hanging out with her friends.
Ashley Edner began appearing in television commercials at age 7 working for Neosporin and Purina. She has since done various ads for clients such as McDonalds, Mattel, Toyota, Powerbars, Chrysler, Wendy's, Walmart and Charter Telephone. In 1998, she was cast as Phoebe in the episode “The Half Monty” of “Step by Step” and Young Joy in the CBS made-for-TV film “Emma's Wish.” The same year, she also lent her voice for to the video film “The Lion King II: Simba's Pride,” a sequel to the 1994 film “Lion King,” and appeared in the Emmy Award winning sketch comedy series “MADtv.” She would go on to play different characters on the show in four additional episodes throughout 1999 to 2001.
1999 saw Edner land a guest spot in the TV series “Party of Five” (as Sharon), where she picked up her first Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress. She also appeared in “City Guys” (as Allison) and “Martial Law.” The same year, she began the recurring role of Rebecca Fyoomay on Nickelodeon's comedy series “The Amanda Show,” a role she held until 2001.
After a chance meeting with Britney Spears, Edner was asked to appear as the young version of herself at the beginning of Spears' stage performance on “The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards” (2000). She went on to reprise the part in HBO's “Britney Spears Live from Las Vegas” (2001). Edner also added TV credits to her resume with one episode appearances in “Angel” (as Stephanie Anderson), “The X Files” (as Michelle Crittendon), “Popular” (as Misty Dawn Ford), “The Drew Carey Show,” “Star Trek: Voyager” (as Yun) and “The District” (as Young Beth). She received Young Artist nominations for her work in “Malcolm in the Middle” (as Kelly) and “7th Heaven” (as Sarah, both 2000) and eventually brought home the trophy for her performance in “The Huntress” (2001), where she played Melissa Bates.
Edner made her feature film acting debut in “Lost Souls” (2000), a horror film helmed by Janusz Kaminski and starring Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt. She then voiced Sally in the 2000 animated special “It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown” (TV) and played Amy Davis in the 2001 family movie “Rain,” which was based on a true story of a German Shepard named Rain who was trained to fight in the Vietnam War. Under the direction of Robert J. Wilson, Ashley picked up a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Young Actress Age Ten or Under. Costars of the film included Susan Dey, Derk Cheetwood, Wiley M. Pickett and Vincent Angell.
In 2001, the California native contributed her vocals to “Monsters, Inc.” The successful film starred the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly. She enjoyed another blockbuster hit with the movie “Spider-Man” (2002), where she appeared as a girl on a train. Later that same year, Edner offered a good portrayal of Kelly Powell in an episode of “Judging Amy” called “Lost and Found” and received another Young Artist nomination for her guest starring performance. She again earned a Young Artist nomination for playing the supporting role of Tina Corman on the made-for-TV film “Monster Makers” (2003, Hallmark Channel), which was directed by David S. Cass Sr. and written by Marc Hershon. The cast of the film included Linda Blair, Adam Baldwin, George Kennedy, David Henrie, Brian Klugman and Tracey Walter.
Edner next provided the voice of Bully Lamb in the direct-to-video installment “Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure” (2003), portrayed Heather Bolan in the comedy film “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2003), which was directed by Sam Weisman and starred David Spade and Mary McCormack, had a featured role in Vadim Perelman's big screen adaptation of “House of Sand and Fog” (2003, starring Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ron Eldard and Frances Fisher), and was cast as the young incarnation of Lori Heuring's character, Billie, in J.S. Cardone's “Mummy an' the Armadillo” (2004). On the small screen, Edner made guest appearances in “Miracles,” “The Twilight Zone,” “George Lopez” (all 2003), “Summerland,” and “Will & Grace” (both 2004) and did voice over work in “Justice League” (2002-2004). During 2004 to 2005, she played the recurring role of Jenny in five episodes of the short lived sitcom “Listen Up.” She then appeared in two episodes of the NBC comedy series “Teachers” (2006) and in an episode of the long running CBS series “Two and a Half Men” (2006).
In 2008, Edner teamed up with Jennifer Coolidge, Vanessa Lengies, Ryan Pinkston and Curtis Armstrong for the teen movie “Foreign Exchange” (2008), her first film in four years. She then returned to TV with a guest spot in Showtime's “Weeds” (2009).
Edner will portray Tiffaney in the upcoming family film “Hanna's Gold,” starring Morissa O'Mara as Hanna and written and directed by Joel Souza.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actress Age Ten or Under, “The Huntress,” 2002