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Jessica Hynes BIO

Jessica Hynes is a British actress, writer, and director who has made a name for herself on both stage and screen. She was born on October 30, 1972, in Lewisham, London, as Jessica Stevenson. She started her career in the entertainment industry in the early 1990s, and since then, has become one of the most recognizable faces in British television and film.
Hynes started her career in theater, and her stage credits include "The Night Heron," "The Norman Conquests," and "The Plough and the Stars." She made her West End debut in 2002 in the play "The Night Heron," which was directed by Katie Mitchell. Her performance in the play earned her critical acclaim and helped establish her as a talented actress.
In 1999, Hynes gained national attention for her role in the British sitcom "Spaced," which she co-wrote with Simon Pegg. The show, which aired on Channel 4, followed the lives of two twenty-somethings who pretend to be a couple to rent a flat. The show was a critical and commercial success and helped launch Hynes and Pegg's careers.
Hynes has also appeared in a number of popular films, including "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Shaun of the Dead," and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." In "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," Hynes played Magda, Bridget's friend and colleague. In "Shaun of the Dead," she played Yvonne, the ex-girlfriend of one of the main characters. And in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," she played Mafalda Hopkirk, a Ministry of Magic employee.
Hynes has also had a successful career in television. She has appeared in a number of popular British shows, including "Doctor Who," "Black Books," and "Twenty Twelve." In "Doctor Who," she played Joan Redfern, a love interest of the Doctor who appears in the episode "Human Nature." In "Black Books," she played Fran Katzenjammer, the owner of a bookshop. And in "Twenty Twelve," she played Siobhan Sharpe, a public relations consultant.
In addition to her acting work, Hynes has also worked as a writer and director. She wrote and directed the 2007 film "Magicians," which starred David Mitchell and Robert Webb. She also wrote and directed the television series "Up the Women," which aired on BBC Four in 2013. The show was set in 1910 and followed a group of women who form a suffrage movement.
Hynes has been nominated for and won a number of awards throughout her career. In 2007, she won a BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance for her role in "The Royle Family." She has also been nominated for a BAFTA for her work in "Spaced" and "Twenty Twelve."
Hynes' most recent work includes a role in the BBC One drama "Years and Years." The show, which aired in 2019, follows the lives of a family over a 15-year period as political and social changes take place in the UK. Hynes played the role of Edith Lyons, a political activist who becomes a member of parliament.

Jessica Hynes Photos


[West End]
Donmar Warehouse Production, 2020

Broadway Revival, 2009

Broadway Revival, 2009

Broadway Revival, 2009

Broadway Revival, 2009

Jessica Hynes Movies

[1993]The Baby of Mâcon The First Midwife

[1993]Swing Kids Helga

[2000]Born Romantic Libby

[2002]Pure Paramedic

[2002]Tomorrow La Scala! Victoria

[2004]Shaun of the Dead Yvonne

[2004]Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Magda

[2006]Confetti Sam

[2007]Magicians Linda Jones

[2007]Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Mafalda Hopkirk,

[2007]Son of Rambow Mary Proudfoot

[2007]Four Last Songs Miranda

[2008]Faintheart Cath

[2010]Burke and Hare Lucky

[2011]Chalet Girl Interviewer 2

[2012]Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! Angel Matthews

[2014]Pudsey the Dog: The Movie Gail

[2015]Winter Claudia

[2016]Bridget Jones's Baby Magda

[2016]Swallows and Amazons Mrs Jackson

[2017]Paddington 2 Miss Kitts

[2018]Alright Now Sara

[2018]The Fight Tina Bell

[2018]Nativity Rocks! Angel Matthews

[2019]Seagull Janet

Jessica Hynes TV Shows

Doctor Who Joan Redfern, Verity Newman

Jack and Dean of All Trades Marv

Spaced Daisy Steiner, Amber

Staying Alive Alice Timpson

The Crystal Maze Knight

The Royle Family Cheryl Carroll

There She Goes Emily

Twenty Twelve Siobhan Sharpe

Up the Women Margaret

W1A Siobhan Sharpe

Jessica Hynes Awards and Nominations

Theatre World Awards - 2009 - Performance

Jessica Hynes, The Norman Conquests

Jessica Hynes Videos

Jessica Hynes News

The Old Vic to Release Seven Climate Emergency-Themed Monologues Online for Free

The Old Vic will release seven climate emergency-themed monologues online for free, showcasing the work of established writers alongside emerging artists from across their Education & Community projects.

Photos: On the Carpet at Opening Night of MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

Last night (Tuesday 18 October), Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) held the official opening night for the global stage premiere of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican in London. Check out photos from the opening night carpet here!

Photos: Inside Press Night For JERSEY BOYS at the Trafalgar Theatre

The press night of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS, took place at the new multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre on Tuesday 17 August. Guests included Judy Murray, Bruno Tonioli, Jessica Hynes, Gizzi Erskine and Myleene Klass.

Photo Flash: Sir Derek Jacobi, Sam Tutty, Jessica Hynes, Simon Callow and More Perform at Riverside Studios

Riverside Studios is presenting programming for its inaugural Christmas season, which included an evening of unplugged performance with West End Acoustic featuring SIX’s Maiya Quansah-Breed and Renée Lamb, Wicked’s Nicholas McLean, Jesus Christ Superstar’s Tyrone Huntley and Dear Evan Hansen’s Oliver Award-winning Sam Tutty. 

BWW Interview: James Dreyfus Chats THE HOLLOW at Riverside Studios

James Dreyfus is on the bill for a set of staged readings of Christie’s Spider’s Web and The Hollow, with a cast including Sir Derek Jacobi, Jessica Hynes, Simon Callow and Angela Griffin. All profits from the staged readings will be donated to the Theatre Support Fund+ and Acting For Others.

WEST END ACOUSTIC and Agatha Christie Staged Readings Announced As Part Of Riverside Studios Christmas Season

Riverside Studios today announces further programming for its inaugural Christmas season in association with New Frame Productions, including an evening of unplugged performance with West End Acoustic featuring SIX's Maiya Quansah-Breed and Renée Lamb, Wicked's Nicholas McLean, Jesus Christ Superstar's Tyrone Huntley and Dear Evan Hansen's Oliver Award-winning Sam Tutty.

Jessica Hynes & Rob Brydon Will Star in ROALD & BEATRIX, THE TAIL OF THE CURIOUS MOUSE

Deadline reports that Jessica Hynes and Rob Brydon have joined the cast of 'Roald & Beatrix, The Tail Of The Curious Mouse.'

BWW Review: FAR AWAY, Donmar Warehouse

In just 45 minutes, Caryl Churchill's Far Away walks a tightrope between tricksy surrealism and dystopian warning but stays upright due to its sheer theatricality.

Photo Flash: First Look at FAR AWAY at The Donmar Warehouse

Far Away is now playing at The Donmar Warehouse.

Casting Announced For The RSC's 2020 Production Of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Casting details are announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) 2020 Summer production of The Comedy of Errors, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 25 April 2020. Joining the previously announced Miles Jupp, who will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse, is Jonathan Broadbent (Dromio of Syracuse), Justin Edwards (Antipholus of Ephesus), Greg Haiste (Dromio of Ephesus), Georgia Landers (Luciana) and Annette McLaughlin (Adrianna). Directed by Phillip Breen, the production will be cross-cast with The Winter's Tale (from 28 March 2020) and Pericles (from 15 August 2020). All three plays are sponsored by Darwin Escapes.

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal For FAR AWAY at the Donmar Warehouse

Far Away begins previews from 6 February 2020 at The Donmar Warehouse

THE VISIT Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a new Tony Kushner adaptation to an epic musical and Shakespeare sitcom, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

RIVIERA Season Two is Coming to Ovation

Ovation TV, America's only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the second season of the Julia Stiles-led drama series Riviera (10 x 60') from Sky Studios. The arts network also signed a deal for the first season of Hooten & the Lady (8 x 60'), which will debut on Ovation's AVOD travel and culture channel JOURNY. The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation.

Donmar Warehouse Announces Michael Longhurst's Second Season As Artistic Director

The first production in this season will be Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks' modern epic IN THE BLOOD (17 April a?" 6 June 2020). Ellen McDougall will direct the first major UK production.

National Youth Theatre Awarded Multi-million-pound Funding To Undergo Major Transformation Of Its Holloway Road Headquarters

The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has been awarded £2,000,000 from the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund to undergo a major renovation to its Holloway Road building in North London. The radical development will enable NYT to double the number of young people they engage in the building through their annual programme which provides, free and affordable drama opportunities that champion diversity, creativity and routes into the creative industries.

THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE to Tour the UK in 2020

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 70 million downloads since it launched in late 2015, and following a huge tour in 2019, they are delighted to announce a brand new UK tour between May and June 2020. The 26 date The Guilty Feminist: Live tour begins on Friday 1st May at London's Eventim Apollo, continuing until Sunday 7th June at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Awards Shortlist Announced

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is delighted to announce the shortlist for its annual awards, to be presented by writer, comedian and actor Katy Brand (pictured) on Monday 13 January 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.

Donmar Warehouse Announces Casting For FAR AWAY

The Donmar Warehouse announces casting for Lyndsey Turner's new production of Caryl Churchill's Far Away. BAFTA-winning actress Jessica Hynes will make her Donmar debut in the role of Harper alongside Aisling Loftus as Joan and Simon Manyonda as Todd. Casting for the role of Young Joan is to be announced at a later date.

Max And Ivan Add Additional Dates To UK Tour Of COMMITMENT

Critically acclaimed, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated duo Max & Ivan have added an additional three dates to their UK tour of hit show Commitment. This is the duo's first fully autobiographical show, directed by triple Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Kieran Hodgson, and comes in the wake of rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sold out run at the Soho Theatre, London. The additional dates in Bath, Liverpool and Norwich are on sale now at

THERE SHE GOES Moves to BBC Two for Second Season

The critically acclaimed comedy-drama There She Goes will return as series two moves over to BBC Two.


Jessica Hynes has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

Jessica Hynes has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Jessica Hynes's first West End show was Far Away which opened in 2020

Jessica Hynes has been nominated for several awards for her performances in the play "The Norman Conquests." These include Outstanding Ensemble Performances at the Drama Desk Awards and Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. She was also nominated for Performance at the Theatre World Awards and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards.

Jessica Hynes has won the Outstanding Ensemble Performances (Drama Desk Awards) for The Norman Conquests and the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Norman Conquests.

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