When the Ayckbourn run was over, she decided it was time to move out of London and things easier career-wise.
Born in London to Irish parents, Beesley's career took off in the 1980s with a string of television appearances along with parts in film and on stage.
So on Agatha Raisin I made sure everyone had a good time.
But after letting her career take a back seat for three years to spend more time with her son Frankie, now six, Ashley is returning in less cosy roles, appearing last year as the neurotic Fran in Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe, and then in the dystopian film , alongside Colin Farrell.
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Rather then yearning for a big break, she says she was happy with her life as a jobbing actress.
Her blonde bob was styled sleek and straight and she sported a radiant palette of make-up.
Growing up in the small town of Annan in south-west Scotland, raised by a single mum, Margaret, she was determined to be an actress from the age of eight and loved to make people laugh.