Amma Asante

Director, Actress, Writer
Amma Asante

Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Streatham, London, England, UK
  • Spouse: Amma Asante is married to Soren Kragh Pedersen - Chief of Media and PR, Europol (European Police).


Amma Asante is a screenwriter and director Known for Belle, and A Way of Life. She is a former child actress who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life which she wrote and directed won her numerous awards. Both in the UK and Internationally.

Asante was born in London in 1969, to Ghanaian parents; her father was an accountant, and her mother ran a deli. Asante attended the Barbara Speake stage school in Acton, London, where she trained in dance and drama. She began her film and television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the British school drama Grange Hill. She appeared in the “Just Say No” campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine Grange Hill children to take it to the Reagan White House. She gained credits in other British television series, including Desmond’s (Channel 4) and Birds of a Feather (BBC1), and was a Children’s Channel presenter for a year.