Ashley Harrison's novel, The Looking Glass Spy (unpublished), has been shortlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award. His first novel, The Dysconnect (unpublished), won London's 2019 Capital Crime New Voices Award. His stage play, Peacock, was voted Best New Play by the DFW Theatre Critics Forum in 2005. He is currently wrapping up work on his third novel, a Cold War thriller based on a true story.
In a previous life, Harrison worked as an actor, voice consultant, and assistant professor of theatre. Credited as Ashley Smith, television appearances included co-starring roles on Mindhunter (Netflix), VEEP (HBO), The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central), and a four-year run on TURN: Washington's Spies (AMC). Stage credits included principal roles for Tony Award-winning theatre companies such as The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland's Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
Harrison holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Dickinson College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Delaware.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their two children.