Jessie Cave

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Jessie Cave
Born (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 28)
London, England
Alma mater Kingston University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Jessica "Jessie" Cave (born 5 May 1987)[1] is an English actress, who is best known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter film series.

Personal life[edit]

Cave was born in west London, and is the second eldest of five siblings. Her father works as a general practitioner.[2] Her grandfather was Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Tasmanian-born Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave.[3] Her younger sister Bebe is also an actor.

Cave attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith for sixth form. A former county-level swimmer and ex-national tennis player, she studied illustration and animation at Kingston University.[citation needed] She had originally intended to study stage management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked in London as a stagehand, before deciding to pursue acting.[2]


Cave made her debut in the drama Summerhill, shown on CBBC in early 2008.

Cave won the role of Lavender Brown in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince through an open casting call held on 1 July 2007. Cave, who came from an agency, beat over 7,000 girls who turned up for the audition.[4] She also performed the voice of Lavender in the video-game adaptations of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Cave also had a minor role in the 2009 film Inkheart as a water nymph.[5]

In June 2009, she made her West End début, playing "Thomasina" in a revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre.[6]

Cave appeared in the play Breed at Theatre 503, playing the role of Liv, from 21 September to 16 October 2010.[7] She won the Off West-End stage award for People's Choice for Female performance.

On 4 February 2011, she appeared as a one-off character "Hermione" in the CBBC children's drama Sadie J.[8]

Cave runs the website, which features, amongst other creations, short videos written by and starring Cave herself, with occasional appearances from some of her other Harry Potter co-stars, including Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Scarlett Byrne, Georgina Leonidas and Alfred Enoch. Other participants in videos for the site have included her younger sister Bebe, comic Daniel Sloss, actress Sophie Wu, and Chronicles of Narnia star Anna Popplewell.[9]

During 2012, Cave played the title character in a 2012 production of J.M. Barrie's Mary Rose at the DogOrange Theatre, in London.,[10] Zazzy in the final episode of season 2 of Grandma's House, aired on 24 May 2012,[citation needed] and the role of Elder Biddy in the 2012 film adaptation of Great Expectations, based on a novel by Charles Dickens, and directed by Mike Newell. During the filming of Great Expectations, Cave not only worked alongside her younger sister Bebe (who played the younger Biddy), but was also reunited with her Harry Potter co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Ralph Fiennes.

During 2013, Jessie played a minor role as a waitress named Angela in a 'Medieval Restaurant' in the second series of BBC Three's Pramface, aired on 8 January 2013,[citation needed] before appearing as Theodora Snitch, a character in YouTube's one off revival of the TV series Knightmare, Denise is episode 2 of Coming Up Series 8, and then as Alicia Ferguson in the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens 2-part episode "The Thirteenth Floor", before appearing as Anne-Marie in series 2 of The Job Lot, and as Annie Maddocks in the E4 drama Glue in 2014.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cranford Villager uncredited
2008 Summerhill Stella TV Movie
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lavender Brown
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Video Game) Lavender Brown voice
2009 Inkheart Water nymph uncredited
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Lavender Brown
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Lavender Brown
2011 Sadie J Hermione 'Hoggy' Episode: "Slumberlicious"
2012 Grandma's House Zazzy Episode: "The Day Simon and his Family Opened the Door to Acceptance"
2012 Great Expectations Biddy
2013 Pramface Angela Episode: "The Edge of Hell"
2013 Coming Up Denise Episode: "Burger Van Champion"
2013 BBC Comedy Feeds Various Episode: "The Cariad Show"
2013 Dani's Castle Lady Steffy
2013 Wizards vs Aliens Alicia Ferguson Two episodes
2014 Pride Zoe
2014 Cardinal Burns Various Episode #2.5
2013 Coming Up Denise Episode: "Burger Van Champion"
2014 The Job Lot Anne-Marie One episode
2014 Glue Online Annie Maddocks One episode
2014-present Glue Annie Maddocks Main Cast
2015 Tale of Tales Fenizia


  1. ^ Listal: Jessie Cave
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Laura (15 November 2007). "Move over Hermione: Hopefuls disappointed as tap-dancing actress claims Harry Potter role". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Hoggard, Liz (23 November 2011). "Chic geek: Jessie Cave and her quirky fashion label". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Matthew (7 January 2007). "7,000 show up for Lavender Brown auditions". Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Who's the next big thing in 2008?". CBBC. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Bosanquet, Theo. "Critics Hail Stoppard's Arcadia". Review Round-up. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Theatre503 Presents BREED, 9/21-10/16". Broadway Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sadie J, Slumberlicious". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Pindippy web site
  10. ^ "Jessie Cave cast as title role for 'Mary Rose' in London theatre". 

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