Ashleigh and Pudsey are a British dog trick act, comprising trainer Ashleigh Jade Butler (born 7 February 1995) and Pudsey (born 28 December 2005). Pudsey is a Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested powderpuff cross. They first achieved prominence as contestants in the sixth series of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, which they won on 12 May 2012, becoming the first ever dog trick act to win the competition.
Britain's Got Talent
Ashleigh and Pudsey were part of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. Their audition was held in Cardiff and aired on 7 April 2012. They danced to The Flintstones soundtrack. Although in 2012, four judges were introduced on the panel, on the day of recording Amanda Holden was not able to attend, therefore they performed to the remaining three. With a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges, they were put through to the next round. Simon Cowell said "Pudsey is one of the best dancing dogs I've ever seen".
They participated in the first semi-final on 6 May 2012, performing to Peppy and George. They were later voted through to the final by the public.
The final was held on 12 May 2012, where they performed to the Mission: Impossible theme. The routine involved Pudsey walking across the judging panel and then climbing onto Ashleigh's back. Later that evening, Ashleigh and Pudsey won the 2012 series of Britain's Got Talent, beating classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte.
Post Britain's Got Talent
As part of the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the 84th Royal Variety Performance on 19 November 2012 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, which aired on ITV on 3 December.
In early 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey were co-presenters on the CBBC programme Who Let the Dogs Out and About? which toured the UK throughout the summer of 2012. Since Autumn of 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey have become presenters of the main show, Who Let the Dogs Out?.
Pudsey: The Movie
In January 2013, it was announced that Simon Cowell would produce Pudsey: The Movie. The film, which was released in the UK on 18 July 2014, follows Pudsey and his siblings Molly, George and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) and set out to save the village from their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is voiced by comedian David Walliams.
From December 2012 to January 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Dick Whittington opposite Stephen Mulhern. The deal is believed to have been worth around £150,000.
|2012||Britain's Got Talent||Contestants|
|Top Dog Model||Guest judges|||
|Mr Stink||Duchess (Pudsey only)|||
|That Dog Can Dance!||Judges|||
|2013||Who Let the Dogs Out and About?||Presenters and performers|
|2013||Who Let the Dogs Out?||Presenters|
- Guest appearances
- Daybreak (12 April 2012, 14 May 2012, 13 August 2012, 18 December 2012, 30 July 2013, 18 February 2014) - Guests
- Lorraine (14 May 2012, 12 April 2013, 4 December 2014) - Guests
- This Morning (10 April 2012, 14 May 2012, 10 October 2012, 8 July 2014, 13 April 2015) - Guests
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man (18 May 2012) - Guests
- Good Morning America (4 June 2012) - Guests
- T4 on the Beach (1 July 2012) - Guests
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11 July 2012) - Performers
- America's Got Talent (18 July 2012) - Performers
- Red or Black? (1 September 2012) - Performers
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show (3 September 2012, 13 November 2013, 3 March 2014) - Guests
- Loose Women (24 October 2012) - Guests
- Children in Need (16 November 2012) - Performer (Pudsey Only)
- Royal Variety Performance (3 December 2012) - Performers (part of the BGT prize)
- Pet School (3–5 December 2012) - Guests
- Super Famous Animals (30 December 2012) - Contributors
- The National Television Awards (23 January 2013) - Award presenters and performers
- Celebrity Juice (7 March 2013) - Guest panellists
- The British Animal Honours (18 April 2013) - Award presenters
- The British Soap Awards (19 May 2013) - Award presenters
- Britain's Got Talent (1 June 2013) - Guest performers
- Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up (16 August 2013) - Guests
- Britain's Got More Talent (26 May 2014) - Guests
- Good Morning Britain (7 July 2014) - Guests
- Weekend (12 July 2014) - Guests
- Celebrity Squares (17 September 2014) - Guest
- The Gadget Show (13 October 2014) - Guests
- Phillip's 24 Hour Marathon for Text Santa (1 December 2014) - Guests
- Pointless Celebrities (21 December 2014) - Contestants
- Reality Bites (12 February 2015) - Guest, Ashleigh only
- Crufts 2015 (8 March 2015) - Contestants in Dog agility
- Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (27 February 2016) – 'Who Shot Simon Cowell?' sketch
- The Saturday Show (5 March 2016) – Guests
|2014||Pudsey: The Movie||Anabella The Cow (voice only)||18 July 2014|
Cinderella Darlington Civic Theatre
|December 2012-January 2013||Dick Whittington||Alice Fitzwarren and her dog||New Victoria Theatre, Woking|
|December 2013-January 2014||Opera House, Manchester|
|December 2014-January 2015||Bristol Hippodrome|
|April 2015||Wizard of Oz||Dorothy and Toto||Playhouse, Whitley Bay|
On 11 October 2012, Pudsey's "official" autobiography, Pudsey: My autobidography, was published by the Sphere imprint of publisher Little, Brown. The book formed part of a £100,000 publishing deal with Ashleigh Butler.
Charity work and campaigns
Since June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey have fronted a PETA campaign calling for a ban on cruelty to animals in circuses. In December 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey launched a Christmas appeal alongside Vets4Pets to highlight the risks that pets face over the Christmas period.