Jacqueline Jossa

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Jacqueline Jossa
Jacqueline Jossa.jpg
Born Jacqueline Jossa
(1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 21)
Bexley, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010 – present

Jacqueline Jossa (born 29 October 1992)[1] is an English actress from Bexley, London, best known for playing Lauren Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards 2012.

Early life[edit]

Jossa was born in the London Borough of Bexley.[2] She trained at D&B Theatre School in Bromley followed by the Royal Academy of Music in London.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Jossa was cast in EastEnders in 2010 as Lauren Branning, taking over from Madeline Duggan who played the role from 2006 to 2010.[3] Jossa was "excited" to join the show, saying she has always been a fan.[3] Her first appearance was on 27 September 2010.[4] Jossa also appears in Lauren's internet spin-off series, Lauren's Diaries, with two series in 2010 and 2011.[5]

In 2013 she also appeared as a panellist on the BBC Three comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Jossa was nominated in the category of "Best Soap Newcomer" at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.[7] On the 25th January Jossa won "Best Newcomer" at the National Television Awards in 2012.[8] She was shortlisted in the category "Sexiest Female" in the "British Soap Awards 2012" but lost to Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) of Coronation Street.[9]In 2013, Jossa was nominated for Best Actress and won it at the TV Choice Awards.

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Jossa started a relationship with EastEnders co-star Tony Discipline.[10] Co-star Shona McGarty also started a relationship with Discipline's on-screen brother, Matt Lapinskas.[10] Jossa said that she initially rejected Discipline.[11] She also added that she knew Discipline before he joined the cast of EastEnders.[11] On 28 July 2013, it was announced that Jossa and Discipline had separated after being in a relationship for a year and a half. [12]


  1. ^ a b "Jacqueline Jossa". D&B School of Performing Arts. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Search results". findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (6 August 2010). "New actress to play Lauren in 'Enders". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (September 2010). "Ryan and Janine face a big crisis". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 April 2011). "'EastEnders' Pics: New 'Lauren's Diaries' episode". Digital Spy (London: Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "BBC Three - Sweat the Small Stuff, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Wrightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 – Nominees". Digital Spy. (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Alex (25 January 2012). "National Television Awards winners list – In full". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 April 2012). "British Soap Awards 2012 - winners in full - Soaps News - Digital Spy". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (10 October 2011). "'EastEnders' Moon actors confirm co-star romances". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (16 March 2012). "'EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa: 'I ignored Tony Discipline attention'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a501825/eastenders-jacqueline-jossa-tony-discipline-split.html