Jemima West

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Jemima West
Born (1987-08-11) 11 August 1987 (age 31)
Alma mater
Years active1999–present
Known for

Jemima West (born 11 August 1987)[1] is an Anglo-French actress. She is bilingual, growing up for most of her life in Paris, France.[2][3][4] She is best known for playing Isabelle Lightwood in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Alice Whelan in the British drama series Indian Summers. She also appeared in the second season of The Borgias as Vittoria.

Early life[edit]

West's parents are English. Her father is an accountant and her mother is a business interpreter. When she was five years old, her parents moved to Paris. She attended the Sorbonne and graduated in the history of art while taking acting classes in the evening. She can speak both French and English. She has described herself as completely English and has said that she has an easier time working in her mother tongue; she says Paris is her home.[2]


West made her acting début at the age of 12 when she appeared in the 1999 film Joan Of Arc, directed by Luc Besson. She later on starred in the short film I'm an Actrice directed by Maiwenn, and also starred in the third season of the Canadian television series, 15/Love.

West later went on to star in the French television shows Ben & Thomas, Trouble Paradis, R.I.S. Police Scientifique and Josephine Ange Gardien which was followed by her second film role in King Guillaume, co-starring alongside Florence Foresti.

In 2009, West starred in Paradis Criminel, a two-part thriller mini-series entitled Who Killed Little Red Riding Hood as Louisa. The mini-series was written and directed by Serge Meynard and went on to win "Best mini-series" at the 2009 La Rochelle TV Film Festival, and garnered 3 million viewers on France 2 on 22 August 2012. The mini-series thus ranks as 8th best-rated fiction of the year on the channel.[5]

In 2010, West had a role in the French mini-series Maison Close, in which she starred as Rose, a young country girl forced to work for her freedom in a brothel. She stars alongside Anne Charrier and Valérie Karsenti.

West played Isabelle Lightwood[6] in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a film adaptation of the first book in The New York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare. West co-starred alongside Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Robert Sheehan. The film was released on 21 August 2013.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Girl
2004 I'm an Actrice Fille casting Short film
2009 King Guillaume King Guillaume Short film
2009 Paradis Criminel: Who Killed Little Red Riding Hood Louisa France 2, mini-series
2011 La Morte Amoureuse Marguerite des Ravalets Short film
2011 JC comme Jésus Christ Jemima International title: Play It Like Godard
2012 Lines of Wellington Maureen
2012 Et ton père…! Fleur
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Isabelle Lightwood
2014 United Passions Annette Rimet
2015 Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Sonja Holleeder


Year Title Role Notes
2006 15/Love Cassidy Payne YTV, series regular (season 3)
2007 R.I.S. Police scientifique Chloé Muller TF1, episode: "Dépendances"
2008 Grand Star Solveg Space, 3 episodes
2008 Ben et Thomas Liselott Karlsson France 4, Series regular
2009 Éternelle Carla M6, mini-series, 1 episode
2009 Joséphine, ange gardien Pauline TF1, episode : "Joséphine fait de la résistance"
2009 Camping Paradis Shirley TF1, 1 episode
2010 Demain je me marie Emilie TV movie
2010–13 Maison Close Rosalie "Rose" Tranier Canal+, Series regular
2012 The Borgias Vittoria Showtime, 4 episodes
2012 As Linhas de Torres Vedras Maureen France 3, mini-series based on "Lines of Wellington" film
2015 - 2016 Indian Summers Alice Whelan Main role
2016 Endeavour Kay Belborough TV Series, one episode, "Ride"


  1. ^ "Biography". Jemima West Fan • Your Source for Jemima West | 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  2. ^ a b "Jemima West interview: why playing a prostitute is never black and white". The Daily Telegraph. 7 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Vosges - Une Rose au Paradis".
  4. ^ "Et ton père...!" (in French). Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Productions - GTV - Zodiak France".
  6. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (19 July 2012). "'Mortal Instruments' Adds Lena Headey, Jared Harris & Godfrey Gao". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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