*Ashley Madekwe, who plays scheming Brit Ashley Davenport on ABC‘s “Revenge,” will not return to the popular drama next season.
According to Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, “Her option was not picked up due to what I hear were storyline reasons.”
Madekwe has been on “Revenge” since the pilot. Her character was introduced as Victoria Grayson’s (Madeleine Stowe) event planner and a friend to Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), who brought her into the Grayson family. Driven by ambition, she fell for the diabolical Tyler (Ashton Holmes) and eventually managed to bed both Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) and his son Daniel (Joshua Bowman).
By the end of Season 1, Ashley’s storyline played out, but the producers found a way to bring her back in a new role as Conrad’s assistant and then PR for his political campaign. With Conrad winning the election in the second-season finale, that story arc also came to a natural conclusion.
Madekwe is one of two regulars to depart “Revenge” heading into Season 3, along with Connor Paolo, whose character Declan Porter died in the season finale.
“Revenge” also will be with a new showrunner in Season 3, with Sunil Nayar recently replacing creator Mike Kelley.