Jennie Jacques

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Jennie Jacques
Years active2009–present

Jennie Jacques is an English actress. She is known for her roles in the BBC Two drama Desperate Romantics (2009),[2] the police procedural WPC 56 (2013–2014), and the History Channel series Vikings (2015–2019).

Early life[edit]

Jacques was born in Walsgrave Hospital and grew up in Coventry, Leamington Spa, and Warwick. She is the eldest of seven children.[3]


Jacques made her television debut as Katie Fielding in an episode of the ITV police series The Bill. Her first major was as artists' model Annie Miller in the six-part BBC Two period drama Desperate Romantics (2009) about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Jacques made her feature film debut as Beth in the urban thriller Cherry Tree Lane and Ree Ree in the futuristic thriller Shank.[4] Jacques has also appeared in Casualty on BBC1, where she played Lily Knowles, the carer of Megan Roach, in the episode "Nice and Easy Does It" broadcast on 7 August 2010.[citation needed]

In 2011, Jacques was featured in the promotional video for the Mason single Boadicea. She also appeared in slasher film Demons Never Die (2011), in which she appeared nude during a sex scene with Robert Sheehan.[citation needed] Jacques appeared in an episode of Father Brown in 2013, and was then cast as the lead actress in the BBC afternoon series WPC 56, about a woman police constable in the male-dominated world of 1956. Both programmes were made by BBC Birmingham.[citation needed]

Jacques portrays Judith, the fictional daughter of King Aelle, in the third through the fifth seasons of Vikings (2014–2019).[5] In 2015, she played the role of Tash in the ITV sitcom The Delivery Man (2015), which aired for six episodes.[6] In 2019, Jacques starred in the first series of the drama series London Kills, playing a homeless witness named Amber Saunders.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jacques is an ambassador for the Open Medicine Foundation.[8] In a 2021 interview with The Sunday Times, she opened up about the ME/CFS and post-exertional malaise she developed after coming down with a severe bout of Epstein–Barr virus in early 2019. She had to put her career "on hold" as her condition affected her mobility.[9] She has also been an advocate for those living with epilepsy as inspired by her sister.[10]

In 2021, Jacques was engaged.[11]


Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Shank Ree Ree
2010 Nocturn Nina Short film
2010 Cherry Tree Lane Beth
2011 Demons Never Die Jasmine [12]
2012 Truth or Dare Eleanor also known as Truth or Die in the United States
Television roles
Year Show Role Notes
2009 The Bill Katie Fielding Episodes: "Teenage Kicks, Part One & Two"
2009 Desperate Romantics Annie Miller Main role
2010 Lark Rise to Candleford Emily Mullins Episode #3.10
2010 Stanley Park Raggedy Ann Pilot for BBC Three
2010 Casualty Lily Knowles Episode: "Nice and Easy Does It"
2012 Love Life Tilly Television miniseries
2013 Father Brown Violet Parnassus Episode: "The Wrong Shape"
2013–2014 WPC 56 WPC Gina Dawson Main role (series 1–2)
2015–2019 Vikings Judith Recurring role (seasons 3–5)[5]
2015 The Delivery Man Tash Main role
2019 London Kills Amber Main role (series 1)[7]


  1. ^ "WPC 56 star: Who needs Hollywood when you've got Brum..." Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Desperate Romantics". Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Coventry actress Jennie Jacques goes back to the 50s for BBC drama WPC 56". Coventry Telegraph. 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Film agency review". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Manolo Cardona Joins Netflix's 'Narcos'; Jennie Jacques In History's 'Vikings'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  6. ^ "The Delivery Man". Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b Perigard, Mark (27 February 2019). "'London Kills' delivers bodies and little else". Boston Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Jennie Jacques". Open Medicine Foundation. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  9. ^ O'Neill, Sean (18 August 2021). "Jennie Jacques on living with ME: 'I am a shadow of my former self physically'". The Times. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Viking actress Jennie Jacques discusses the impact of epilepsy". Epilepsy Society. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  11. ^ O'Neill, Sean. "Jennie Jacques on living with ME: 'I am a shadow of my former self physically'". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Demons Never Die... But They Do Get A Cool Trailer". Dread Central.

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