Apr. 5th, 1946
Marylebone, London, England, UK
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Asher was the middle of three children born to Dr. Richard Alan John and Margaret Asher, née Eliot, in Willesden, North West London. Her father was a consultant in blood and mental diseases at the Central Middlesex Hospital in Acton, West London as well as being a broadcaster and author of many notable medical articles; her mother was a professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and taught George Martin to play the instrument. She also taught Paul McCartney to play the recorder. She was educated at Queen's College in Harley Street, London. Her younger sister is the radio actress Clare Asher; her elder brother is record producer Peter Asher, formerly one half of the duo Peter & Gordon, and whose daughter is Victoria Asher, keytarist of the band Cobra Starship.
Asher's first appearance as a child actress was as Nina in the 1952 film Mandy. Other film appearances were the 1955 science fiction film The Quatermass Xperiment, and, co-starring with Kenneth More and Susannah York and in the 1961 UK film The Greengage Summer, which was released in the United States as Loss of Innocence. She also appeared as her distant relative Lady Jane Grey in the 1962 film and Disney TV programme, The Prince and the Pauper. British TV appearances included three episodes (1956–1958) of the British TV series, The Adventures of Robin Hood (working alongside her brother Peter), and as a panellist on the BBC's Juke Box Jury.
- Has a rose named after her. The Jane Asher is a patio rose that grows to 10-14 inches in height, is pinkish-red, blooms all summer, and has a pleasant perfume.
- Received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol in July 2001
- Met 'The Beatles' (qv) when she was VIP'd backstage after one of their shows; all four instantly proposed marriage. When it became obvious she was interested in Paul, the others discreetly left the two in his hotel suite... only to come back later and find them discussing their favourite foods.
- Attended Miss Lambert's Academy for Young Ladies and Queens College, both in Marylebone, London.
- Has a stepdaughter, Araminta, from husband 'Gerald Scarfe' (qv)'s first marriage.
- Her mother was born on February 26, 1914. Her maternal grandparents' names were Edward Granville Eliot and Clara Louisa Phelips.
- Was 'Paul McCartney' (qv)'s muse for much of the 1960s; "Here, There And Everywhere" and many other songs were written with Jane in mind. They were engaged for seven months until finally separating in July 1968.
- Speaks Latin and French
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