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Ashley Jensen Lost Her Husband in 2018 — She Is Now in a New Relationship 4 Years after He Passed

Laura Beatham
Feb 08, 2022
05:25 A.M.
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Scottish actress Ashley Jensen was married to the late British actor Terence Beesley. He was survived by her and their only son, Francis, who they welcomed two years into their marriage. 


Ashley Jensen is best known for her role as Maggie in Ricky Gervais's "Extras," Christina McKinney in the American TV show "Ugly Betty" and Olivia in the short-lived CBS show "Accidentally on Purpose."

The accomplished actress met her late husband while acting in a "King Lear" production at the Manchester's Royal Exchange in 1999. They dated for seven years before tying the knot. 

Ashley Jensen pictured during an interview on "This Morning" in 2016 [Left] Jensen and her late husband, Terence Beesley, at the BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England. | Photo: YouTube: This Morning & Getty Images


They said "I do" in a ceremony only attended by the minister and their dog Barney, who had the critical job of ring bearer. They wed across the pond in Big Sur, California, in January 2007.

Two years after they eloped, the "Clocking Off" actress and "The Bill" actor welcomed their son, Francis Jonathan Beesley, on October 20, 2009. His parents already started calling him the nickname Frankie Jack soon after he was born. 

Beesley and Jensen chose not to find out the sex of the baby before delivery. The "Love & Marriage" actress told People that she wanted to be surprised when their baby arrived:

"We thought there are so few surprises left in the world. We wanted to be surprised, so we don’t have the room painted pink or blue."

Ashley Jensen and Terence Beesley attend the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park, 2017, Ascot, United Kingdom. | Photo: Getty Images


Later, Jensen spoke candidly about entering motherhood and shared she had great respect for womankind. She


that giving birth was the "great-leveler" because everyone went through the same process to give birth despite someone's wealth or background. 

One of the biggest obstacles Jensen had to overcome was feeding and lack of sleep. She soon realized that setting up a routine for baby Frankie was beneficial, but it was all-consuming. 

The "Nativity!" actress also admitted she and her husband had worries about their son growing up with an American accent because they lived in Los Angeles when he was born. 

Francis Jonathan Beesley and Ashley Jensen attend Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cinderella" at Gillian Lynne Theatre, 2021, London, England. | Photo: Getty Images


However, Jensen


that either way, their son would grow up to have a "mixed-up accent" because one of his parents was Scottish and the other was English. 

Despite any worries of Frankie's future accent or the parents' lack of sleep, Jensen and Beesley soon figured out the ins and outs of parenthood and welcomed being a family unit of three. 

Frankie quickly found himself as a significant source of pride for his parents. In 2017, Jensen described her son as the love of her life and remarked to The Guardian was her most prominent achievement was:

"That my son is kind and he loves David Bowie."


Ashley Jensen and husband Terence Beesley attend the official HBO after party for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2009, Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Unfortunately, a month after her interview with The Guardian, Jensen and her then-eight-year-old son's life was torn apart by the sudden death of Beesley on November 30, 2017.

To make matter's worse, Jensen was the one who found her husband's lifeless body at their home in Somerset. She called emergency services, who tried to revive him but ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene. 


His family and friends were devastated by the suddenness of his passing. The circumstances of his death were unknown at the time of his death but were later revealed by a coroner.

Ashley Jensen and husband Terence Beesley arrive at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, 2008, Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


A few months after Beesley's passing, the coroner Peter Harrowing concluded that the 60-years-old had taken his own life. The cause of


was carbon monoxide toxicity. He was also found in a car in his garage. 

The "After Life" actress broke her silence about her husband's death a few months afterward. She said she was "extremely shocked" by the events. Her statement read:

"I was extremely shocked by what happened that night and I will never ever forget it. Terry and I had been together for 18 years but I had no idea he was capable of what he did." 

Beesley had an impressive career in British TV and cinema and will be remembered for his work, including his roles in "EastEnders, "War and Peace," "The Listening," "Midsomer Murders," and "Agatha Christie: Poirot." 


Despite Jensen's heartbreak and Beesley's tragic death, it seems she has slowly moved on. In August 2021, The Daily Mail reported photographers had seen her out with her "Love, Lies, and Records" costar, Kenny Doughty. 

The British drama series follows registrar Kate Dickson (Jensen) juggling her work, life, and the responsibilities and drama that come with it. Doughty portrays Rick Severs, a Deputy Registrar, at Dickson's office. 

Jensen and Doughty enjoyed a night out in Jensen's hometown, Bath, during their alleged date. They had dinner at a Japanese restaurant before walking through the streets, holding hands and giggling. 


According to the outlet, the costars met when production for "Love, Lies, and Records" started. Later in the 2021 summer, they grew closer together and spent more time together. 

A source told The Sun that the "Agatha Raisin" actress and "Vera" actor had been friends for a while, and he was an immense support to her over the past few years. The source continued:

"They make a lovely couple, and all their friends are absolutely delighted for them. Ashley is both a wonderful actress and person — and she deserves this second chance at happiness."

It is unclear whether Doughty separated from his wife, actress, and producer Caroline Carver. According to the Daily Mail, Carver and Doughty were still married in March 2021. 


Doughty is most known for his role as Ds Aiden Healy opposite Brenda Blethyn on "Vera." The eleventh season of the show was released on ITV in January 2022. 

Before "Vera,"  Doughty starred in popular shows such as "Coronation Street," "Wire in the Blood," and "New Tricks." He also won Best Actor at the Palm Beach Internation Film Festival for his performance in "The Aryan Couple."


The actor has not shared information about his relationship status online. His Instagram is filled with behind-the-scene snaps of him at work and many pictures of him supporting England for the football. 

No internet investigations can be done regarding Jensen. She seems not to have a public social media platform on either Instagram or Twitter and prefers to keep her personal life private.