From Ingleburn to Australia’s most prestigious film and television awards – Ashleigh Wells is loving life.
The television presenter has just scored her first AACTA award nomination for her work on the Disney Channel’s Hanging With and Weekend Hangout children’s program.
She told the Advertiser she was “over the moon” to receive her nomination.
“To be nominated for an AACTA is such an honour,” she said.
“When the team at Disney gave me the call I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
“I called my family straight after to share the news.”
Ms Wells attended Holy Family Catholic Parish Primary School in Ingleburn and her parents still live in Denham Court.
She said the Macarthur region was a great place to develop her love of entertainment.
“Growing up in and around Macarthur presented some great opportunities to be creative,” she said.
“I was in the Australian Youth Choir and we used to rehearse out here. I had an awesome four years there and it gave me confidence at a young age to perform in front of large crowds.”
Ms Wells’ Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter nomination comes on the back of her work on the two Disney Channel programs, which are a mix of games, quizzes, challenges, sketch comedy, arts and crafts and more.
“I’m one of five presenters – it’s like one big family,” she said. “I often get referred to as the big sister.”
Ms Wells’ fellow nominees are Shaynna Blaze (Selling Houses Australia), Mel Buttle (The Great Australian Bake Off), Margaret Pomeranz (Screen) and Yvonne Sampson (League Life, etc).
“I haven’t personally met any of my fellow nominees but they are all fantastic at what they do,” she said.
“Shaynna Blaze sent me a lovely tweet telling me she looked forward to seeing me on the day.
“It means a lot to be nominated alongside such great women in the industry.”
Ms Wells said one of her biggest TV inspirations was The Project co-host Carrie Bickmore.