Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an American television and film actress and political activist.
Judd grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the half-sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades, she has increasingly become involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism. Judd has had leading roles in such films as Ruby in Paradise (1993), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), High Crimes (2002), Dolphin Tale (2011) and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). She also starred as Rebecca Winstone in the television series Missing in 2012. In 2010, she received a Mid-Career master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a one-year degree rather than the two-year MPA.