Who is Jessica McNamee?
Jessica McNamee is an Australian actress best known for her performances in TV series ‘Packed To The Rafters’, ‘The Time of Our Lives’ and ‘Sirens’. She has also delivered various important performances in films like ‘The Vow’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’, and ‘The Meg’. A native of Sydney, McNamee has always been interested in performing and had the full support of her family to pursue her dreams. She made her screen debut in 2007 in an episode of Seven Network’s soap opera ‘Home and Away’, portraying the role of Lisa Duffy. In the following year, she started appearing in Seven Network’s comedy-drama ‘Packed to the Rafters’. Her big-screen debut occurred in the 2009 horror-thriller film ‘The Loved Ones’. Her first Hollywood project was the 2012 romantic comedy ‘The Vow’. Since then, she has established herself as one of the most promising actors working in the industry today and has worked with the likes of Emma Stone, Steve Carell, William Fichtner, and Jason Statham. In 2009, McNamee was a contestant on the ninth season of Seven Network’s competition reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (Australia).
Jessica McNamee began her acting career when she landed the recurring role of Lisa Duffy in Seven Network’s long-running soap opera ‘Home and Away’ in 2007 . Lisa debuted on the show in the January 22, 2007 episode as a schoolmate and love interest of Drew Curtis (Bobby Morley). She later breaks up with Curtis and begins dating illegal drag racer, Denni. McNamee made her last appearance on the show on the August 24, 2007 episode.
She began playing Sammy Westaway, the wife of Nathan Rafter (Angus Mclaren), in the Seven Network’s family-oriented drama/comedy television program ‘Packed To The Rafters’. Jessica McNamee was part of the main cast in the first three seasons of the show, from 2008 to 2010. She did not appear in any episodes of the following two seasons before making her return in the sixth and final season in 2013.
In 2007, she played Amanda Blakely in the telefilm ‘Hammer Bay’. Two years later, she debuted on the big screen in writer/director Sean Byrne’s horror thriller ‘The Loved Ones’. She then appeared in the short film ‘50-50’. In her debut Hollywood project, Michael Sucsy’s 2012 film ‘The Vow’, she was cast as the sister of Rachel McAdams’ character, Paige Collins. While the film received a lukewarm response from the critics, it was a commercial hit, earning $196.1 million at the box office against a $30 million budget.
In 2013, she guest-starred in a season-four episode of the USA Network’s crime dramedy series ‘White Collar’. McNamee had a recurring role in the ABC TV short-lived drama series ‘The Time of Our Lives’ in 2014.
She was next seen in the USA Network’s comedy series ‘Sirens’. The show aired between March 6, 2014, and April 14, 2015, for two seasons before its cancellation. In the show, McNamee played Chicago Police Patrol Officer Theresa Kelly.
In 2017, she starred as California Highway Patrol Officer Lindsey Taylor in the action buddy cop comedy film ‘CHiPs’. In the same year, she shared the screen space with Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, and Sarah Silverman in the biographical sports film ‘Battle of the Sexes’. In the film, she portrayed Australian tennis legend Margaret Court. The movie received rave reviews from the critics but was a box-office failure, generating only $18.4 million against its $25 million budget.
In 2018, Jessica McNamee starred opposite William Fichtner in the romance thriller ‘The Neighbor’. Later that year, she appeared in the summer blockbuster ‘The Meg’. Her co-stars in the movie were Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, and Rainn Wilson. In 2019, she essayed the role of Rachel Adams in an episode of the Hulu horror anthology series ‘Into the Dark’. McNamee is set to star in the upcoming films ‘Locusts’ and ‘Black Water: Abyss’.
She was featured as a contestant on the ninth season of Seven Network’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2009. Partnered with professional dancer Stefano Oliveri, she finished the competition in the sixth place.
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Family & Personal Life
Jessica McNamee was born in 1986, in Sydney, Australia, to Peter and Helen McNamee. She grew up with four siblings, three sisters, including actress Penny McNamee, and a brother. Actress Teagan Croft is her niece through her sister Rebecca. She also has a cousin named Madelaine Collignon, who works as a news presenter at Prime7.
According to reports, she has been in a relationship with American supermodel Sean O'Pry since 2014.