Who is Amy Barnes actress Ashley Slanina-Davies in Hollyoaks and has she appeared in any other TV shows?


HOLLYOAKS lost one of its favourite faces when actress Ashley Slanina-Davies left in 2017.

But just who is the actress behind the loveable Amy Barnes, who was tragically killed off in a whodunnit storyline? Here we find out.

 Ashley Slanina-Davies probed a fans' favourite on Hollyoaks

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Ashley Slanina-Davies probed a fans’ favourite on Hollyoaks

Who is Ashley Slanina-Davies and how old is she?

Soap favourite Ashley Slanina-Davies was born in Standish, Greater Manchester, in 1989.

The 29-year-old scooped her first – and biggest acting job in 2005.

She also is a committed fundraiser and has completed a charity abseil in aid of Action for Blind People, after confessing she was motivated to complete the feat by her partially-sighted mum.

 Ashley, 29, was born in greater Manchester and is a keen fundraiser

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Ashley, 29, was born in greater Manchester and is a keen fundraiser

Who did Ashley Slanina-Davies play in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks?

Ashley took on the role of loveable Amy Barnes on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks in 2005.

She was at the heart of a number of big storylines, inlcuding the discovery she was pregnant in 2006 and a dramatic car crash.

She was written out of the show in 2012 to allow her to continue her education, but the fans’ favourite made her comeback on-screen in 2016.

In 2017, Ashley’s character left the show in dramatic style as she was murdered – but viewers were kept guessing as to who was the killer in a gripping whodunnit storyline.

 The actress got her first big acting break on the hit soap in 2005

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The actress got her first big acting break on the hit soap in 2005

Why was her character killed off – and has the murderer been revealed?

Amy Barnes was killed off in dramatic fashion earlier this year.

A guilt-wracked Harry Thompson – who is played by actor Parry Glasspool in the Channel 4 soap – was convinced he killed Amy yet with his on off boyfriend Ste Hay taking the blame for it, the real killer has escaped justice.

But it has now been revealed her new husband Ryan Knight killed her.

 She has remained on the show for 12 years

She has remained on the show for 12 years

What has Ashley Slanina-Davies said about her Hollyoaks exit?

The screen star has spoken of her sadness about leaving the hit show after 12 years.

Yet, perhaps bizarrely, Ashley hasn’t given up all hope of again starring in the Channel 4 show.

She told Star magazine: “I probably just wont let it go.

“Maybe I’ll get in as an extra and see if anyone notices?

“Or come back as Amy’s evil twin!”

 Tragic Amy Barnes was killed by her new husband Ryan Knight

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Tragic Amy Barnes was killed by her new husband Ryan Knight

What else has Ashley Slanina-Davies starred in?

The pretty actress also starred in the 2006 series of ITV show Dancing On Ice.

Yet it seems studies, not the small screen, will be her main focus.

During her initial break from the show Ashley began a neuroscience degree, and has hinted she wants to work in brain research.

She told the Metro: “I didn’t act when I wasn’t here at Hollyoaks – I went to uni and studied neuroscience. A lot of people say that it’s very different from acting, but you can see them as the same thing because neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain and the nervous system – and, by extension, people.

“Acting is also the study of people, but it’s just on a more emotional level. So I guess maybe there was a bit of me that thought: “Okay, well I’ve done that and I’ve done it on more of an empathetic level. Now let’s just see if I can really understand what goes on.”

Flashback reveals that Ryan Knight killed Amy Barnes after finding out about her affair on Hollyoaks

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