Unable to move on from the trauma of her encounter with Charlie Manx at the end of Season 1, Vic’s transformed from sensitive, yet tough, artist to a tattooed, self- destructive, alcoholic who’s unable to connect with her boyfriend, Lou and her child. When her family is put into jeopardy, Vic must choose between destroying herself or saving the ones she loves – a journey that proves harder than she could ever imagine.
Australian actress Ashleigh Cummings has already established herself as one of the most impressive young actresses with a wide array of critically acclaimed and award-winning performances for film, television, and the stage.
Ashleigh is currently leading the cast of AMC’s NOS4A2, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Ashleigh stars alongside Zachary Quinto, Virginia Kull, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. NOS4A2 follows a young female artist named Vic McQueen (Cummings), who discovers she has a supernatural connection with Charlie Manx (Quinto), a seemingly immortal man who feeds off the souls of children. Vic sets out to defeat Manx and rescue his victims while keeping her sanity intact. Ashleigh also received the Women’s Image Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. NOS4A2 will premiere its second season later this year.
After a very competitive casting process, Ashleigh landed the coveted role of “Pippa” in the Warner Brothers and Amazon Studios adaptation of THE GOLDFINCH opposite Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by award winning director John Crowley and the all-star cast also includes Sarah Paulson and Jeffrey Wright. Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, THE GOLDFINCH follows a young man named “Theodore Decker” (Elgort) who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries. “Pippa” is “Theo’s” one true love who was also in the museum the day of the bombing and is traumatized from the event. Due to this shared experience, they have similar outlooks and develop feelings for one another.
Ashleigh won the Fedora Award for Best Actress at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival for her performance as “Vicki Maloney” in Ben Young’s HOUNDS OF LOVE. Variety hailed Ashleigh’s performance as “fearless.” The film made its North American debut at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin and also premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
In 2016, Ashleigh was also the recipient of the very competitive and prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship awarded by Australians in Film. Established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, the Scholarship is open to all young and emerging Australian actors to help winners with career and educational opportunities in the U.S.
Ashleigh burst onto the international cinema scene when she starred in the multi-award-winning Australian feature film TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN directed by Stuart Beattie in 2010. Her performance earned her an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor that year.
On stage, Ashleigh received outstanding reviews for her performance as “Iris Hocking” in the Sydney Theater company’s 2016 production of THE HANGING directed by Sarah Goodes. Ashleigh can also be seen in Matt Murphy’s remake of the New Zealand cult classic PORK PIE opposite Dean O’Gorman and James Rolleston, for which she won the “Excellent Actress” Award for the 2019 (11th) Chinese Film Festival in NZ and First Golden Fern Awards. She also starred in the Australian Independent film GALORE, which premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Ashleigh’s work in television includes several series regular roles in standout programs such as the smash hit MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES, which is currently airing in the United States on PBS; the television mini-series GALLIPOLI; and the Australian dramatic series PUBERTY BLUES, for which she garnered both Logie & AACTA Nominations for her performance as “Debbie Vickers.”
Born in Saudi Arabia, Ashleigh Cummings moved to Australia with her family at the age of twelve and enrolled in a performing arts school in Sydney. At the age of fourteen, Ashleigh made her film debut in the feature Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance (2007). Soon after, she acquired numerous credits in Australian film and television productions including the film Green Fire Envy (2008), the television movie Dream Life (2008) and the long running Australia soap opera Home & Away.
Now based in both in Los Angeles and Australia, Ashleigh is continuing her path as one of Australia’s newest and most unique acting talents.