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Jenny Jules is an English actress. She started her acting career as a member of the youth theatre programme at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London. Her career has been closely linked with the Tricycle Theatre where she has acted numerous times; her credits there include two plays by August Wilson, both directed by Paulette Randall: Two Trains Running and Gem of the Ocean, Walk Hard by Abram Hill, Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress, the dramatic reconstruction (by Richard Norton-Taylor) of the inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, The Colour of Justice, and Lynn Nottage's Fabulation, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. In 1992 she won a Time Out Award for her portrayal of Mediyah in Pecong at the Tricycle Theatre.
Kathy Burke directed Jules in Debbie Tucker Green's Born Bad at the Hampstead Theatre, and Jules has also performed in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues over 100 times in the West End and elsewhere. She has performed in a variety of leading roles at the Almeida Theatre, notably in A Chain Play, Theodore Ward's Big White Fog and Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, both directed by Michael Attenborough, and in 2010 Indhu Rubasingham directed her in Lynn Nottage's Ruined. In 2009 she played Jane Pilkings in Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman at the National Theatre, and in 2010 she played Ruth Younger in Michael Buffong's production of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry at the Manchester Royal Exchange, a performance which won her a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2011 Jules returned to the role of Mama Nadi in Charles Randolph-Wright's production of Nottage's Ruined at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. That year, Jules won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her turn as Mama Nadi in Ruined.. In 2012, she played Mavis in Michael Buffong's production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John at the National Theatre, and Regan in King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Michael Attenborough. In 2013 Jules spent most of the year playing Cassius in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Julius Caesar, first at the Donmar Warehouse in London, later transferring to St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.
In 2014 Jules played Penny in Suzan-Lori Parks' new play, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3, at The Public Theater in New York and then at the American Repertory Theater in Boston. She made her Broadway debut in 2016 as Tituba in Ivo van Hove's production of The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which starred Ciarán Hinds, Sophie Okonedo, and Saoirse Ronan.
She is married to actor Ralph Brown.
- 20 Questions with Jenny Jules, Whatsonstage.com
- WOS TV: Brief Encounter With ... Jenny Jules, whatsonstage.com; accessed 6 October 2016.
- The Crucible's Jenny Jules on working with Saoirse Ronan, connecting with her character Tituba, and Donald Trump’s Witch Hunt" by Celeste Montaño, Stage Door Dish, 28 March 2016.
- Brantley, Ben (31 March 2016). "Review: In Arthur Miller's Crucible, First They Came for the Witches". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2016.