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Jessica Hynes

As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at age 18. She then moved to London and took bit parts as an actress and comedienne. She worked on stage with Katy Carmichael, who would later appear as "Twist" on Spaced (1999), they both joined Simon Pegg on the sketch show, Six Pairs of Pants (1995). Simon Pegg recommended Jessica for a part on another sketch show, Asylum (1996), which was directed by Edgar Wright. Simon and Jessica became friends, immediately, and decided that they wanted to write comedy together. They came up with Spaced (1999), a sitcom about dysfunction among a group of strange twenty-somethings. Edgar Wright was brought in to direct and the show was filmed in 1998 in North London, during Jessica's first pregnancy. An instant success, "Spaced" was commissioned for a second series and Jessica moved on to work in films, winning two British Comedy Awards. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for her work in the play, "The Night Heron", in 2001, during filming of series 2. She was also nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA Award for the film, Tomorrow La Scala! (2002). Jessica, Simon and Edgar was reunited for the film, Shaun of the Dead (2004), in which Jessica played Simon's school-friend, "Yvonne". Her second child was born in 2002. She is now working mainly in film, and is still writing comedy.

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Nov 15, 1972 In Lewisham, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The House of Eliott 1991-08-31
Latest Project:
Series Crackanory 2013-11-13

4 wins & 5 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Spaced
Crackanory Herself 2013-11-13
Common Ground Unknown 2013-01-01
Blandings Unknown 2013-01-13
Up the Women Margaret 9 episodes, 2013-2015 2013-05-30
One Night Carol 4 episodes, 2012 2012-03-26
Moone Boy Unknown 2012
Science Club Unknown 2012-11-06
Skins Unknown 2011-01-17
Twenty Twelve Siobhan Sharpe 13 episodes, 2011-2012 2011-03-14
The Hour Unknown 2011-08-17
World's Most Dangerous Roads Unknown 2011-09-04
Britannia High Unknown 2008-10-26
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Doctor Who Unknown 2006-03-17
Saturday Kitchen Unknown 2006-06-24
Doctor Who Confidential Unknown 2005-03-26
Marple Unknown 2005-04-17
8 Out of 10 Cats Unknown 2005-06-03
The F Word Unknown 2005-10-27
The Soup Unknown 2004-07-30
QI Unknown 2003-09-11
Spaced Daisy Steiner / ... 14 episodes, 1999-2001 2001-05-14
Black Books Unknown 2001-12-09
Midsomer Murders Unknown 1998-06-28
The Royle Family Cheryl Carroll 13 episodes, 1998-2010 1998-09-14
Asylum Martha / ... 6 episodes, 1996 1996
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Unknown 1996-11-12
Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
Harry Enfield and Chums Unknown 1994-11-04
The House of Eliott Unknown 1991-08-31