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|Portrayed by Ashley Madekwe|
|Residence:|| Croydon, England|
Southampton, New York (former)
|Significant Others:|| Tyler Barrol (ex-boyfriend) |
Daniel Grayson (ex-boyfriend)
Conrad Grayson (affair)
|“||You kiss a billionaire once you make 200 grand. I've been kissing Victoria's ass all summer and I'm lucky she lets me call her by her first name.||”|
— Ashley Davenport
Ashley Davenport is a loyal, yet ambitious, employee of the Grayson family. Ashley is so ambitious that she betrayed Emily to gain the trust of Victoria Grayson, a gambit that ultimately failed. She is Tyler Barrol's ex-girlfriend; their relationship ended when he had a psychotic break at Daniel's birthday party, and when she discovered Tyler's sexual liaisons with Nolan.
Ashley is originally from Croydon, England. She is a social climber on the rise and Emily’s closest friend in this world. She has the skinny on all the inner circles of the Hamptons, and access to all events in the elite social scene. Making a name for herself as the go-to event planner, Ashley hopes to gain entrée into Victoria Grayson’s good graces and solidify her status amongst the Hamptonites.
However, it was shown in Lineage that her first time in New York was not as successful. Since her art history degree was not very useful when looking for a job, she considered prostitution as a way to make rent. Luckily, when Ashley went to a club owned by Russian mobster Dmitri Bladov to offer her "services", Emily spoke to her through a door and gave her a lot of money in exchange for information about Dmitri, allowing her to get a new life. However, Ashley never learned Emily's name and Emily apparently hasn't remembered hers.
Season OneIn "Pilot" Ashley welcomed Emily to the Hamptons. Ashley was the organizer of the Memorial Day party so she had a lot of work. She couldn't met with Emily who was waiting for her at the South Fork Inn. At the party, she introduced Emily to Victoria Grayson.
In "Trust" Ashley found Emily in the Polo match and bringed Emily to the VIP zone. Then she organized, with Daniel, a Housewarming Bash for Emily.
Ashley Davenport wants more, plain and simple. A social climber who, last summer, was stuck on the bottom rung of Victoria’s payroll, Ashley did anything and everything “the Queen” needed her to, from throwing parties to running errands.
It was Ashley who brought her good friend Emily Thorne into the circle of the Hamptons elite, not realizing Emily’s true agenda, or it’s repercussions. But Ashley has an agenda of her own, wanting nothing more than to become the woman she’s often been seen following behind. Victoria’s shoes, however, are big - and expensive - ones to fill.
Ashley started dating Tyler Barrol who convinced her that they had been playing too nice and manipulated her into helping him with his schemes against the Grayson family.
Ashley began to show her true colors when Daniel Grayson was arrested for murder last summer, leaking photos to the press while on the flip side taking up the spotlight as a spokesperson for the Grayson family. Afterwards, she was considered for a job at Benjamin Brooks', Daniel's lawyer, office, but he rejected her when he learned that she had leaked the photos. Conrad liked what he saw in her, and offered Ashley a position at Grayson Global. She took this opportunity a step further when she disclosed to Daniel that she saw Jack and Emily share a kiss, ultimately destroying their relationship. This left an empty space around Daniel’s arm. A space Ashley gladly seemed happy to occupy.
In the beginning of season two, Ashley is in a relationship with Daniel and has assistants of her own, though she still works at Grayson Global. However, this romance came to an end when Aiden informs him that Ashley is in a hotel with Salvador Grobet (he wasn't aware that Ashley was blackmailed by his mother for the video showing her sleeping with Conrad).
In "Masquerade", Conrad becomes increasingly suspicious of Ashley and her role in his campaign. When he berates her for allowing a question about David Clarke to come up during a Q&A and warns her that she should start looking for a new job when the campaign ends, Jack overhears her and recruits her to help him in getting payback on Conrad. She helps him by revealing Conrad's association with Alison Stoddard, the wife of his opponent.
At the end of the season finale, Ashley is still in liege with Jack and standing by to play the recording of Conrad and Nate.
It has been announced that Ashley will be leaving the series in the third season.
However, showrunner Sunil Nayar, has announced, that she may infact not end up dying, and live to see another day. She may return anytime soon, or come back in another season. There are still hopes to do something more with the storyline.
|“||We’re not killing her. We’d never do that! She’s too great a character. As sad as we are to bid her farewell at the moment, you’ll see that the way we resolve her storyline now gives her an opportunity to come back with her own revenge agenda.||”|
— Sunil Nayar
Six months after the Grayson Global skyscraper bombing, Ashley once again finds herself without a job. Having spent all the hush money Conrad gave her she is quite desperate and decides to blackmail Emily, whom she knows still carries around a torch for Jack because she stopped him from murdering Conrad. Emily must provide her former friend with a new prestigious job or she will spill the beans. Emily pretends to agree and sets Ashley up with Dr. Jorge Valez, a doctor at Suffolk County Memorial Hospital. When Conrad's Huntington's disease is leaked to the press, Emily successfully puts the blame on Ashley. Thinking Conrad wants to meet her, Ashley arrives at Hampton airfield and is confronted by a livid Victoria. The Hampton's reigning queen reveals that Ashley's latest 'get rich quick' scheme has failed thanks to Emily. Ashley then reveals Emily's 'complicity' in jack's murder attempt on Conrad ; only for Victoria to laugh it off, stating that she and Emily are family now. Victoria and Emily then banish Ashley back to her hated hometown of Croydon and warn her never to return.
Ashley is very ambitious and although she secretly hated the Grayson's she tolerated them for the sake of success and money. She appeared to be loyal, but considering that fact that she loathed the family, it is almost certain that her loyalty was not genuine. Ashley was the best friend of Emily Thorne, being one of the few friends Emily had, although she later betrayed her, just like so many other characters betrayed their friends and family in the series.
- Main Article: Ashley and Tyler
- Main Article: Ashley and Daniel
- Main Article: Ashley and Conrad
- Main Article: Emily and Ashley
When Emily came back to the Hamptons, she had only one friend there: Ashley Davenport. The two had supposedly met at a fundraiser the winter before Emily's move to the Hamptons.
Nevertheless, Emily met Ashley way before the original story had told us. November 2006, while on a Takeda mission, Emily saved Ashley from Dmitri Lvovsky, a Russian mobster who was in the human trafficking business. In fact, it is still unknown if Ashley knows that the girl who saved her is Emily, because while Emily was warning Ashley she never saw her face, Emily just gave her money and asked her for a service in return.
Events That Has Attended
- Memorial Day party (Pilot)
- Polo match (Trust)
- Emily Thorne's Housewarming Bash (Trust)
- Upscale barbecue honoring Senator Kingsley (Betrayal)
- Annual High Tea Charity Event (Duplicity)
- Open Arms Charity Gala (Guilt)
- Independence Day Bash (Intrigue)
- Victoria & Conrad 25th wedding anniversary (Charade)
- Grayson Global's New Investors Party (Suspicion)
- Daniel's Birthday (at the beach) (Duress)
- Mason Treadwell's Unpublished Memoir Reading (Infamy)
- Engagement party (Chaos)
- Memorial Day Art Auction (Destiny)
- Wedding of Conrad and Victoria (Illusion)
- Grayson Global's Investors Meeting (Penance)
- Thanksgiving 2006 (Lineage)
- Skeet Shooting Event (Revelations)
- Annual Labour day Bash (hosted by Graysons) (Sacrifice)
- Amanda Clarke Charity Foundation (Illumination)
- Hayward House Financing News Conference (Victory)
- Masquerade Ball (Masquerade)
- Bombing in Grayson Global's Headquarters (Truth, Part 1)
- Conrad's Gubernatorial acceptance speech (Truth, Part 2)
- Memorial Day Party (Emily's) (Fear)
- She caught Tyler and Nolan kissing.
- She secretly despises the Graysons but only tolerates them to get success and money.
- She isn't very close to her father.
- She drives a silver Lexus Conrad gave her when hiring her for Grayson Global.
- Ashley Madekwe, due to the lack of an effective storyline for her character, is no longer part of the main cast for Season 3 and will only be present for a few episodes for her exit.
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