Two-time Emmy nominee Ashley Jones first broke the TV scene with her role as Megan Dennison Viscardi (1999-2000) on the CBS soap opera ''The Young and the Restless.'' She now plays Bridget Forrester (2004-Present), the beautiful pre-med student and daughter of Brooke Logan and Eric Forrester, in the long-running, popular CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Meanwhile, she has appeared in the films "The King's Guard" (2000), "Devil's Prey" (2001), "Old School" (2003) and "Extreme Dating" (2004). She also has starred in a number of TV movies and guest starred in scuh TV shows as "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Strong Medicine," "V.I.P.," "Without a Trace," "Crossing Jordan" and "CSI: NY."
The 5' 7" screen beauty has been married to writer Noah Nelson, son of actor Craig T. Nelson, since 2003. She was once named by Country Music Television and E Entertainment in the top 20 Most Sexiest Southern Belles, to which she responded, ''Oh yeah! I’m a full-bred, born-and-raised girl from Tennessee and Arkansas. My momma has nine brothers and sisters. She only had three of us, but we have a huge family. Every time I’m home she makes the homemade rolls, sweet cream bread and all the typical southern chow. That’s the one thing I didn’t inherit. I can’t cook all that! It’s such an honor and a privilege to be included in this. Country Music Television and E! Entertainment are showing a different side to what people usually call ‘intriguing’ or ‘sexy’. They’ve chosen strong, intelligent, accomplished women who juggle different careers, family and marriage.''
Childhood and Family:
On September 3, 1976, Ashley Aubra Jones (she was named after her great-great-grandfather) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where she and her family lived for five years. Her father, Shawn Jones, was a minister with the "Church of Christ" and accepted a job in Texas. Ashley has a younger brother named Zach and a younger sister named Jordan.
Ashley, who was a dork in high school, went to Lamar High in Houston, alma mater of fellow actors Jaclyn Smith, Robert Foxworth and Tommy Tune. She also attended the Houston High School for Performing Arts, the same school attended by Beyonce Knowles, Lisa Hartman Black, Renee O'Conner ("Xena") and Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy") and fellow soap actress Amelia Marshall of "All My Children" and "Passions." Ashley is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where she earned her BA degree, studying in both Malibu and in Florence, Italy, while working.
''I met him when I was 15, and I wrote in my journal that I knew I was going to marry him someday.'' Ashley Jones (on her husband).
While filming the CBS miniseries ''The Fire Next Time'' (1993), Ashley met her future husband, writer Noah Nelson, son of actor Craig T. Nelson. They eventually married in 2003 and currently reside in their new home in Los Angeles with their two dogs. In her free time, Ashley, a former dancer, enjoys to play the violin and also likes hiking and writing, as well as practices pilates and yoga. She is best friends with Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski.
''There is room for the baby in the house - I mean, a baby, not the baby! Laughs There’s so much I want to do before I’m ready for that. My husband hasn’t been to Italy, where I went to school. We haven’t been able to do silly things, like go to Yosemite or fishing in Montana. I also want to do another project, maybe an independent film, and he’s a writer and wants to get into a different position at work. Of course if it happens I will be so happy, but if I have some control over it I’d love to do the traveling, the savings accounts and all of that first!'' Ashley Jones (on having a baby).
Ashley worked at the Volunteer Center in Malibu in 1998 and 1999. She supports the charitable organization called Friends of El Faro and most recently was involved with City of Hope, where she graced the catwalk.
The Young and the Restless
At the tender age of five, Ashley Jones filmed her first commercial, for for Six Flags Theme Park, and has acquired her passion for theatre by age nine. She was a member of the Actors Theatre of Houston and has performed in a number of productions, including Clare Boothe Luce's comedy ''The Women,'' Eugene O'Neill's comedy ''Ah, Wilderness!'' and Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy ''Brighton Beach Memoirs.'' At twelve, she received applause for her performance in Enid Bagnold's "The Chalk Garden," where she was on stage the entire show. She continued to do commercials and print work.
After two years of high school at The Performing and Visual Arts, then 16-year-old Ashley began her film and TV career with a role in the CBS Emmy-winning two-part TV movie starring her future father-in-law Craig T. Nelson, "Fire Next Time" (1993), where she also met her future husband Noah Nelson. Her performance in the miniseries drew favorable reviews and was nominated for the prestigious Youth in Film. That same year, she also landed a guest spot in an episode of the first season of the CBS multi-Emmy Award winning western/dramatic television series starring Jane Seymour, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."
In the following years, Ashley appeared in the TV movies "She Fought Alone" (1995), alongside Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Brian Austin Greene, and "Our Son, the Matchmaker" (1996), starring Ann Jillian. She also joined the cast of popular CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless," playing Megan Dennison, for which she was nominated two Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Younger Actress" in 1999 and 2000.
Entering the new millennium, Ashley landed her first film role as Princess Gwendolyn, in writer/director Jonathan Tydor's independent romantic adventure movie "The King's Guard" (2000; starring Eric Roberts, Ron Perlman and Lesley-Anne Down). In the next year, she got her first starring role, as one of the four teens stumble upon a deadly satanic cult on their way back from a graduation party, in a poorly-received B-movie called "Devil's Prey" (2001), along with Bryan Kirkwood, Corey Page, Patrick Bergin and Charlie O'Connell. Meanwhile, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of Lifetime's medical drama "Strong Medicine," the syndicated dramedy starring Pamela Anderson, "V.I.P.," CBS cop drama "The District" and the short-lived drama series "For the People."
After playing a small role as Tracy, the Caterer, in Todd Phillips-directed comedy starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn, "Old School" (2003), Ashley snagged her probably most prominent role to date, in the long-running, popular CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" (often called "B&B" or less commonly, "Bold"). Since December 2004 to present, she plays Bridget Forrester, the beautiful pre-med student and daughter of Brooke Logan (played by Katherine Kelly Lang) and Eric Forrester (played by John McCook). The role that was previously played by Agnes Bruckner (1997-1999), Jennifer Finnigan (2000-2004) and Emily Harrison (January to July 2004). Along with co-star Jack Wagner (played Nick Marone, Bridget's mother's former fiancee and Bridget's eventual husband), Ashley shared a 2005 Daytime Emmy Award nomination for (Special Fan Award) for Irresistible Combination.
When asked about what she’d like to see happen for her character Bridget, Ashley admitted, ''I’d love to see her go head-to-head with Brooke. In order for her to become a woman, she has to. She needs to ask herself why she’s living in her mother’s shadow and what she needs to do to become her own person, instead of worrying what her mother is doing. It makes sense that she hasn’t stood her ground with Brooke yet. She just isn’t equipped to do that yet. Felicia (Bridget's half-sister played by Lesli Kay) will be her ‘warm-up’ to a bitter battle.''
During her "B&B" stint, Ashley was cast in director Lorena David's romantic action-comedy movie "Extreme Dating" (2004), alongside Amanda Foreman, Michael "Meatloaf" Lee Aday, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. She also appeared as a guest in an episode of CBS FBI drama "Without a Trace," NBC crime/drama series "Crossing Jordan" and CBS cop drama "CSI: NY."
Ashley is currently filming two upcoming TV movies, "Dead at 17" and "A Teacher's Crime." In between her hectic television works, Ashley also performed the role of Kathy in the Off-Broadway Smash Hit Comedy "Vanities" throughout the USA & Canada.