Jemima Rooper

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Jemima Rooper
Born (1981-10-24) 24 October 1981 (age 32)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993-present

Jemima Rooper (born 24 October 1981) is an English actress.

Background[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, London, Rooper is the daughter of TV journalist Alison Rooper. She attended Redcliffe Primary School in Chelsea and the Godolphin and Latymer School. While working on The Famous Five, she passed eight GCSEs with A* and A grades. From there she went to sixth form college where she got three A-grade A levels. Rooper bought her first home at the age of 19.[1]

Career[edit]

Rooper expressed a wish to be an actress at the age of nine and contacted an agent.[2] Her first professional roles were in the 1993 film The Higher Mortals and the 1994 film Willie's War. In 1996, she appeared in all episodes as George in Enid Blyton's The Famous Five.

She said:

I remember writing "I want to act" on my bed in lipstick. I think I told my mum I wanted to be an actress and she said I needed an agent to do that. I must have said: "Well, I'm going to get one" - and I think that's why. She was devastated. She said: "Please don't be an actress, be a doctor or lawyer." But I was very tunnel-visioned about it all. I'm an only child and I spent a lot of time alone. I played a lot of imaginary games. I just wanted to dress up and be weird, I suppose.

After several small roles in British TV series, Jemima took the role of Nicki in the popular Channel 4 teenage series As If, which successfully ran for three years. Her next appearance was in the supernatural drama Hex where she played a lovable lesbian ghost named Thelma. Hex aired on Sky One and ran for two series between 2004-05.[3]

Rooper made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia. In 2008 she starred in the TV series Lost in Austen and guest starred in Agatha Christie's Poirot. She also played a lead role in Her Naked Skin, a new play at the National Theatre. In December 2010, Rooper was cast in the musical Me and My Girl at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, alongside Miriam Margolyes.[4]

Rooper was seen on-stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, which was favourably reviewed.[5] Her next project is the British horror-comedy Hotel Caledonia.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films and television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Higher Mortals Vicky
1994 Willie's War Annabel
1996–1997 The Famous Five George Series regular
1998 Owd Bob Maggie Moore
1998 Animal Ark Rachel Farmer 1 episode; "Guinea Pig in the Garage"
1999 Junk Gemma Brogan TV film
1999 The Passion Alice TV series
1999 Shockers: Dance Anne TV film
1999 Wives and Daughters Lizzie Goodenough TV mini-series
2000 Summer in the Suburbs Judie Lyle TV film
2000 The Railway Children Bobbie TV film
2000 Urban Gothic Nik 1 episode; "Dead Meat"
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Jassy TV mini-series
2001–2004 As If Nicki Sutton Series regular
2002 Snapshots Narma (20 years old)
2004 Midsomer Murders Jo Clifford 1 episode; "The Straw Woman"
2005 A Sound of Thunder Jenny Krase
2005 Kinky Boots Nicola
2004–2005 Hex Thelma Bates Series regular
2006 Sugar Rush Montana Episode 2.5
2006 The Black Dahlia Lorna Mertz
2006 Silent Witness Claire Ashen 2 episodes; "Schism: Part 1", "Schism: Part 2"
2006 Sinchronicity Fi Series regular
2006 Perfect Day: The Millennium Amber TV film
2006 Random Quest Gerry TV film
2007 Life Line Catt TV film
2007 The Time of Your Life Emma Series regular
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Norma Restarick 1 episode; "Third Girl"
2008 Lost in Austen Amanda Price TV mini-series
2010 Reunited Sophie TV pilot
2010 Bouquet of Barbed Wire Sarah Francis TV mini-series
2011 Frankenstein's Wedding Justine Mortiz Live musical-drama
2011 Hotel Caledonia Casey Wright
2013 Atlantis Medusa TV series
2013 The F Word Ellie
2013 One Chance
2014 Blandings Lesley

Theatre[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Here is the mews... But will Jemima complete? Daily Mail. 13 June 2011
  2. ^ Williams, Andrew (8 September 2005). "60 Seconds: Jemima Rooper". Metro. Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  3. ^ IMDb
  4. ^ a b "Jemima Rooper | London Theatre". Westendtheatre.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "One Man, Two Guvnors - review", The Guardian, 25 May 2011.
  6. ^ Acting Company Announced for Tricycle Theatre's 'The Great Game: Afghanistan'
  7. ^ "The Power of Yes Cast Credits". National Theatre. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "All My Sons Extends At The Apollo Theatre Through Oct 2". Broadway World. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "One Man, Two Guvnors Cast Credits". National Theatre. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Blithe Spirit, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres". Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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