Jemima Kirke

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Jemima Kirke
Jemima Kirke.jpg
Jemima Kirke in New York (2015)
Born (1985-04-26) 26 April 1985 (age 32)
London, England
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Occupation Artist, actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Michael Mosberg (m. 2009; separated 2017)
Children 2

Jemima Kirke (born 26 April 1985) is an English American artist and actress best known for her role as Jessa Johansson on the television series Girls.[1] She made her feature-length debut in the independent film Tiny Furniture,[2] as a favour for her childhood friend Lena Dunham, although her actual film debut was in the indie short film Smile for the Camera. In 2017, she starred in Zayn music video "Dusk Till Dawn" featuring Sia.

Early life[edit]

Born in London to English parents, Kirke was raised in New York City.[3] She is the daughter of Simon Kirke, the former drummer of the rock bands Bad Company and Free.[4] Her mother is Lorraine (née Dellal) Kirke, the owner of Geminola, a vintage boutique in New York City that supplied a number of outfits for the television series Sex and the City.[5] Her character Jessa wore a wedding dress from Geminola in the season finale of the first season of Girls; also, earlier in her career, she was featured along with her sisters in a fashion piece in Teen Vogue in which they wore clothing from the store.[6]

Her father is of English and Scottish descent and her mother is Jewish.[7] Her maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal, was a British businessman of Iraqi Jewish descent, and Kirke's maternal grandmother was Israeli.[8][9] Kirke has two sisters, Lola Kirke and Domino Kirke, the first of whom is also an actress.[10][11][12] She is a cousin of curator Alexander Dellal,[13] shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal and model Alice Dellal.[13]



Kirke majored in art as a student and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. In late 2011, she held an exhibition titled "A Brief History" through Skylight Projects.[14]


Kirke considers herself first and foremost an artist, although she fell into acting through roles she accepted for a number of her friends. Dunham asked Kirke to take on a supporting role in her debut film Tiny Furniture.[15] Kirke and a number of other friends were called upon as a favour to Dunham since there wasn't enough money to pay professional actors. Although the film turned out to be profitable, Kirke received no payment.[15]

In 2011, Kirke appeared in the music video "Wring It Out"[16] for the group Rival Schools. Both this music video and Smile for the Camera were directed by her friend Jordan Galland. In 2017, she appeared in the music video for "Gotta Get a Grip" by Mick Jagger, that was directed by Saam Farahmand.

In August 2017, Kirke appeared opposite Alex Cameron in his music video for the song "Stranger's Kiss".

In September 2017, Kirke appeared opposite Zayn Malik in his music video for the song "Dusk Till Dawn".

Personal life[edit]

Kirke resides in Brooklyn and East Hampton. She married lawyer Michael Mosberg in 2009, and they have two children: daughter Rafaella Israel (born 2010)[17] and son Memphis Kirke (born 2012).[18] In January 2017, it was announced Kirke and Mosberg had separated.[19][20]

Kirke is close friends with Lena Dunham, the creator of Tiny Furniture and Girls.[1] They became friends while attending Saint Ann's School in New York City.[1] In an interview with Esquire, Kirke discussed how the character she portrays in Tiny Furniture was inspired somewhat by her personality.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Smile for the Camera Twin Singer (voice) Short film
2010 Tiny Furniture Charlotte
2015 Ava's Possessions Ivy
2017 The Little Hours Marta
2017 Untogether Andrea In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2017 Girls Jessa Johansson Main role (53 episodes)
2015 Axe Cop Water Queen (voice) Episode: "The Center of the Ocean"
2015 The Simpsons Candace's Friend (voice) Episode: "Every Man's Dream"
2018 Maniac


  1. ^ a b c Rosen, Christopher (2012-04-23). "Jemima Kirke, 'Girls' Star, On Periods, Collaborations And Sex Scenes". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Miller, Julie (2012-04-09). "Q&A: Girls Co-Star Jemima Kirke on Tattooing Lena Dunham and Playing It Cool Through Her Awkward Phase". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jemima Kirke". Jemima Kirke. June 24, 2012. Archived from the original on June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Interviews & Reviews – Simon Kirke Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-08-21.
  5. ^ "Geminola". Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Is that you, Jessa? Girls star Jemima Kirke channels HBO character as she models her mom's eccentric dress designs". Daily Mail. London. 
  7. ^ Pang, Jeanine Celeste. "Jemima Kirke's Paintings of Girls". 
  8. ^ "Jews in the News: Jews Rock Hall of Fame, A Minyan of Marvel Heroes". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Dempster, Nigel (1999-02-09). Jack the lad to become a dad. Daily Mail (London).
  10. ^ Weber, Mia (October 29, 2014). "Soul Sisters: Jemima Kirke & Domino Kirke". New York Family. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Kaufman, Amy (August 11, 2015). "Lola Kirke steps out of sister Jemima's shadow in Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ Jacobs, Laura (April 26, 2016). "Introducing Vanity Fair’s Sisters Issue, Featuring the McCartneys, Waterhouses, Wojcickis, and Many More". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "30 fun facts about Jemima Kirke: How She Landed Her Role on 'Girls'". Booms Beat. April 14, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Skylight Projects". Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Vilensky, Mike (March 14, 2012). "The Art of Being ‘Girls’ Co-Star Jemima Kirke". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ photofinishrecords (2011-02-25). "Rival Schools- Wring It Out (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  17. ^ Zhong, Fan (April 2012). "Naughty Girl: Jemima Kirke's Wild-Child-Role in HBO's Girls". W. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ ""Jemima Kirke Welcomes Second Child"". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Heller, Corrinne (January 14, 2017). "Girls' Jemima Kirke and Husband Michael Mosberg Split: Reports". E! News. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  20. ^ Stone, Natalie (January 14, 2017). "Girls' Jemima Kirke and Husband Michael Mosberg Split After 7 Years of Marriage". People. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  21. ^ Peele, Anna (November 10, 2010). "Jemima Kirke Will Be an Actress Yet". Esquire. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 

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