Stevenson, Jessica 1973- (Jessica Hynes, Jazzy Jess)

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Stevenson, Jessica 1973- (Jessica Hynes, Jazzy Jess)


Born 1973, in Lewisham, London, England; raised in Brighton, Sussex, England; married; children: one son, two daughters.


Agent—Ruth Young, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England; Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Ltd., National House, 60-66 Wardour St., London W1V 4ND, England.


Actress and writer. National Youth Theatre, London, member of company, c. 1988; also worked as a comedienne. Appeared in advertisements. Also known as Jessica Hynes.

Awards, Honors:

British Comedy Award, best female comedy newcomer, 1999, for Spaced and The Royle Family; British Comedy Award, best television comedy actress, 2001, International Emmy Award nomination (with others), 2001, and Television Award nomination (with others), situation comedy award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2002, all for Spaced; Television Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Television Award nomination, best actress, Royal Television Society, both 2003, for Tomorrow La Scala!; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best supporting actress, Society of West End Theatre, 2003, for The Night Heron.


Television Appearances; Series:

Jackie South, Crown Prosecutor, BBC, 1995.

Various roles, Six Pairs of Pants (also known as 6 Pairs of Pants), Independent Television (England), beginning 1995.

Alice Timpson, Staying Alive, London Weekend Television, c. 1995-97.

Martha and nurse McFadden, Asylum, Paramount Comedy Channel, 1996.

Various roles, Mash and Peas, Paramount Comedy Channel, beginning 1996.

Various roles, Armstrong and Miller (also known as Armstrong & Miller and The Armstrong and Miller Show), Channel 4 (England) and Paramount Comedy Channel, 1997-99.

Cheryl Carroll, The Royle Family, BBC and BBC America, between 1998 and 2006.

Daisy Steiner, Spaced, Channel 4, 1999-2001.

Holly Vance, Bob & Rose, Independent Television, 2001.

Rebecca "Bex" Atwell, According to Bex (also known as Everything I Know about Men, The World according to Bex, and Kohtaloni sinkkuna), BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Maggie, Tears before Bedtime, BBC, 1995.

Woman with Black Death victim, The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything, BBC, c. 2000.

Voice of Marie, Bosom Pals: Joan's Birthday (animated), BBC, c. 2002.

Herself, Girls Who Do: Comedy (also known as Dawn French's "Girls Who Do: Comedy"), BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Victoria, Tomorrow La Scala!, BBC, 2002.

Police constable Lewis, Pinochet in Suburbia, BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The good fairy, "Dick Whittington," ITV Pantomime, Independent Television (England), 2002.

Herself, Generation Jedi, BBC-3, 2005.

Herself, "Star Wars" : Feel the Force, 2005.

Presenter, Comic Aid, BBC, 2005.

Herself, The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Ball in the Hall, Channel 4 (England), 2006.

Herself, The Ultimate Sitcom, Channel 4, 2006.

Mrs. Peacock, The Secret Policeman's Ball (also known as The Secret Policeman's Ball 2006), Channel 4, 2006.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The British Comedy Awards 2001, Independent Television (England), 2001.

The Evening Standard British Film Awards, Independent Television 3, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Charlotte Parker, The House of Eliott, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

Judith Lessiter, "The Killings at Badger's Drift," Midsomer Murders, Independent Television (England), BBC, and Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Various characters, "Harry Enfield and His Yule Log Chums," Harry Enfield and Chums, BBC, 1997.

Alice (the Ayatollah's assistant), Merry-Go-Round (also known as Alexei Sayle's "Merry-Go-Round"), BBC, 1998.

Various characters, Unnatural Acts, [Great Britain], 1998 (multiple episodes).

"The Estate Agent," People Like Us, BBC, 1999.

Herself, Comedy Cafe, 1999.

Herself, The Johnny Vaughan Film Show, [Great Britain], 1999.

Felia Siderova, "The Best Years of Your Death," Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), BBC, 2000.

Felia Siderova, "Drop Dead," Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), BBC, 2000.

Felia Siderova, "Mental Apparition Disorder," Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), BBC, 2000.

Voice of wife, "Knife & Wife," Comedy Lab, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Herself, Our Toon: Jessica Stevenson's Favourite Animation, [Great Britain], 2001.

Eva, "Hello Sun," Black Books, Channel 4, 2002.

Eva, "A Nice Change," Black Books, Channel 4, 2002.

Herself, Room 101, BBC, 2002.

Herself, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2004.

Herself, Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2005.

Aimee Griffith, Marple: The Moving Finger (also known as Miss Marple, Series II and Miss Marple, Series II: The Moving Finger), Independent Television, 2006, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2006.

Herself, "Does True Love Exist?," Got Issues (also known as Russell Brand's "Got Issues"), 2006.

Herself, The Charlotte Church Show, Channel 4, 2006.

Herself, 8 out of 10 Cats, E4 (Great Britain), 2006.

Herself, QI (also known as Quite Interesting), BBC, 2006.

Joan Redfern, "The Family of Blood," Doctor Who (also known as Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Dokuta fu), BBC, 2007.

Joan Redfern, "Human Nature," Doctor Who (also known as Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Dokuta fu), BBC, 2007.

Appeared in Avenging Angels, Granada Television; and as various characters, Barking, Channel 4; also appeared in other programs, including a sketch show with Paul Kaye.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Appeared as Rebecca "Bex" Atwell in an unaired pilot for According to Bex (also known as Everything I Know about Men, The World according to Bex, and Kohtaloni sinkkuna).

Film Appearances:

First midwife, The Baby of Macon (also known as Das Wunder von Macon), Channel Four Films, 1993.

Helga, Swing Kids, Buena Vista, 1993.

Libby, Born Romantic, United Artists, 2001.

Paramedic, Pure (also known as Bad Way), 21st Century Pictures, 2003.

Magda, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (also known as Bridget Jones—On the Edge, Bridget Jones 2, and Bridget Jones: L'age de raison), Universal, 2004.

Yvonne, Shaun of the Dead (also known as Tea-Time of the Dead, Zombies Party, Ein Zombie kommt selten allein, L'alba dei morti dementi, Muertos de risa, Shaun dei morti, Shaun et les zombies, Shaun of the Dead—Ein Zombie kommt selten allein, and Todo mundo quase morto), Focus Features, 2004.

Miranda, Four Last Songs, Capitol Films, 2006.

Sam Whitson, Confetti, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006.

Linda, Magicians, Universal, 2007.

Mary Proudfoot, Son of Rambow: A Home Movie, Paramount Vantage, 2007.

Voice of Mafalda Hopkirk, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros., 2007.

Stage Appearances:

Grandma Tzietel, Fiddler on the Roof (musical), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, England, beginning c. 1992.

Rosie, The Plough and the Stars, West Yorkshire Playhouse, c. 1993.

Sylvie, Brighton Rock, West Yorkshire Playhouse, beginning c. 1993.

Bolla, The Night Heron, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, London, c. 2001-2002.

Appeared as Edith, Blithe Spirit, York Theatre Royal, York, England. Appeared in other productions, including appearances in the act the Liz Hurleys.



Herself and Daisy, Skip to the End, Channel 4 Video, 2004.

Herself, Lucy's Cam, Universal, 2004.


Teleplays; Series:

Six Pairs of Pants (also known as 6 Pairs of Pants), Independent Television (England), beginning 1995.

Asylum, Paramount Comedy Channel, 1996.

(Sometimes credited as Jazzy Jess) Spaced, Channel 4 (England), 1999-2001.

Writings for the Stage:

Writings include material for the stage act the Liz Hurleys.



Evening Standard, September 27, 1999, p. 29.

Guardian Unlimited, January 1, 2005.


Scotland on Sunday,, April 30, 2006.

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