Jessica Barden

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Jessica Barden
Born (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 24)
Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Jessica Barden (born 21 July 1992) is an English actress.

Life and career[edit]

Barden was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and moved to Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in 1995. She attended Wetherby High School.[1]

In 2007, it was announced that she would play the part of Kayleigh Morton on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.[2][3] She made her first appearance on Sunday, 18 March 2007. She then appeared in the UK hit drama Death on Angel's Tide in late July 2007.

In April 2008, it was announced that Kayleigh and the rest of the Morton family would leave Coronation Street at the end of 2008, after just a year and a half. Jessica made her final appearance on Coronation Street on 29 September 2008.

She has also appeared in The Chase and No Angels, My Parents Are Aliens and plays Mary Ratcliffe in the 2007 film Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution. She has played the part of 'Pea' in the highly acclaimed production Jerusalem at the 'Royal Court Theatre' in Sloane Square before being transferred to 'The Apollo' in the West End.

Barden appeared in the film Tamara Drewe, a dramatisation of the comic strip of the same name, directed by Stephen Frears. She played the role of 'Sophie' in Joe Wright's film Hanna. Her most recent film projects are In the Dark Half and the 2012 urban horror flick Comedown. She appeared in an American independent movie Lullaby that was filmed in New York.

In July 2015, Barden played the role of Kit Carmichael in the BBC’s two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 My Parents Are Aliens Girl in school TV series (episode: "The Date")
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Mary Ratcliffe
2010 Tamara Drewe Jody Long
2011 Hanna Sophie
2012 Comedown Kelly
2012 In the Dark Half Marie
2013 Mindscape Mousey
2014 Lullaby Meredith
2015 The Lobster Nosebleed Woman
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Liddy
2015 The Outcast Kit Carmichael TV series (2 episodes)
2016 Murder Jess TV series (episode: "The Big Bang")
2016 Penny Dreadful Justine TV series;[5] recurring role
2016 Ellen Ellen TV film


  1. ^ "Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution" (doc). Hoyts Distribution NZ Ltd - Swag Pictures Limited/UK Film Council. 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Jessica set to join 'Corrie' cast". Wetherby News. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Brookside's Sinbad joins Street". BBC News. 15 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Murder: Series 1, The Big Bang: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 

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