Jane met Gerald Scarfe in 1971 at a ship board party given by the satirical magazine Private Eye..."I felt something had hit me," Jane recalls, "Something had arrived... We both called each other up the next day."
The two fell in love and their first child Katie was born on 17 April 1974. Two more children were born, both sons: Alexander in December 1981 and Rory in 1984. Jane and Gerald were eventually married in 1981 and settled in Chelsea.
Jane has written books on entertaining, fancy dress and ornate cake decoration and in 1995 launched her own national publication Jane Asher's Magazine, at a time when she regularly featured on television commercials.
She has had her various cake products sold in the supermarkets, her kitchen items in the do-it-yourself stores, a regular TV show of her own, and her own weekly column in a national newspaper, plus the publication of 14 lifestyle books. In 1998 she had her first novel 'The Longing' published, followed by others including 'The Question' and 'Trying To Get Out.'
She is a shareholder in Private Eye, President of Arthritis Care and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. She is also President of the National Autistic Society, in which she takes an active role. She was a speaker at the launch of the National Autistic Society's "Make School Make Sense" campaign alongside Joshua Muggleton. She is President of Parkinson's UK.
In March 2010, Asher became Vice President to Autistica, a UK charity raising funds for autism research.