Astley was the son of John Astley, Master of the Jewel House and his wife Margaret Grey, daughter of Thomas Lord Grey. He was knighted at the Charterhouse on 11 May 1603. In 1612 he was granted the reversion of Mastership of the Revels. In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Oxford. He was deputy Master of the Revels and was commissioned on 6 May 1622 to take up embroiderers, tailors and other artificers for the King's service. On 22 May 1622 he succeeded Sir George Buck, who had gone mad, as Master of the Revels but sold his interest to Henry Herbert by August 1623.
Astley died in 1641.
Astley married Katherine Bridges, daughter of Anthony Bridges.
- Cokayne, George Edward (ed.) The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, UK: Alan Sutton Publishing (1983), vol. II, p. 118
- W R Williams The Parliamentary History of the County of Oxford
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