Tom Hiddleston’s Girlfriend Will Soon Join Him in the MCU — Who Is Zawe Ashton?

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Hiddleston plays Loki, one of the most popular characters in the franchise. At the 2021 Tony Awards, Hiddleston made his first public appearance with his girlfriend Zawe Ashton. It turns out Ashton will soon be part of the MCU when The Marvels premieres in 2023.

Zawe Ashton sits in a chair at Build Studio
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Zawe Ashton will appear in ‘The Marvels’

The Marvels is a sequel to Captain Marvel. The film will star Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris. Ashton will also appear in the movie.

So far, not much is known about Ashton’s role in The Marvels. However, Deadline reported that Ashton will play a villain in the MCU film.

“As pre-production ramps up on Captain Marvel 2, Brie Larson looks to have found her next co-star she will square off against as sources tell Deadline, Velvet Buzzsaw‘s Zawe Ashton has been set as the villain in the next installment in the Marvel franchise,” Deadline reported.

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Who is Zawe Ashton?

Ashton is an actor and writer. The talented celebrity has worked on TV shows, movies, and in theatre. In an interview with Browns Fashion, Ashton discussed how she first fell in love with acting.

“I started when I was six. I knew when I started acting classes that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. The Anna Scher theatre classes were based on respect and integration. Learning about poetry, history and the world was just as important as crafting ourselves as actors. I’ve never let go of the activism instilled in me there,” said Ashton.

Ashton has also published writing of her own, ranging from poetry to plays to her own book.

“I started writing and reading poetry in my teens. I fell in with a group of artistic people in college. Instead of clubbing, we’d write rap and poetry. I won the title of Youngest UK Slam Champion when I was 17,” she told Browns Fashion.

She continued, “Later, I began integrating writing into acting. I realized there weren’t enough scripts for people who looked like me at my school. That’s when I wrote my first play, and from there, everything came.”

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The actor appeared in season 4 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

The fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale premiered on Hulu on April 27. In the Hulu series, Ashton appeared as Oona, Moira Strand’s (Samira Wiley) girlfriend.

Ashton appeared as Oona in three episodes of season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. While Oona was a minor character in the show’s fourth season, Oona played an important role at the season’s midway point.

In her interview with Browns Fashion, Ashton teased her excitement about being part of season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale.

“I’ll be shooting The Handmaid’s Tale in Toronto. I’m a Margaret Atwood fanatic and Elisabeth Moss is incredible. Talk about iconic fashion on that show…,” she said.

All four seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale are available to stream on Hulu. The Marvels will be released on Feb. 17, 2023.