Jessica Barden

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Jessica Barden
Born (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26)
Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Jessica Barden (born 21 July 1992)[1][2] is an English actress best known for playing main character Alyssa in Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World. Barden has also played the recurring character Justine in Penny Dreadful.

Life and career[edit]

Barden was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire,[2] and moved to Wetherby, West Yorkshire,[2] in 1992. She attended Wetherby High School.[2]

Her acting debut came in 1999 with a small role in an episode of the television series My Parents Are Aliens.[3][4] She later appeared in episodes of the series No Angels[5][4] and The Chase.[4]

In 2007, it was announced that she would play the part of Kayleigh Morton on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.[6][7] She made her first appearance on Sunday, 18 March 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. Barden made her final appearance on Coronation Street on 29 September 2008.[8][9]

In 2007 Barden made her film debut in the comedy-drama Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution[10] about a British family that moves to East Germany during the Cold War.

In 2009 she played the part of Pea in the highly acclaimed stage production Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square[11][12] before being transferred to The Apollo in the West End.[13]

In 2010, Barden appeared in the film Tamara Drewe,[14][15] a dramatisation of the comic strip of the same name, directed by Stephen Frears. The following year she played the role of Sophie in Joe Wright's film Hanna,[16][17] starring Saoirse Ronan. Between 2012 and 2015 she appeared in the urban horror Comedown,[18][19] starred alongside Tony Curran in the mystery film In the Dark Half,[20] and had a role in the psychological thriller Mindscape, starring Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga.

In 2014, she appeared in the American independent movie Lullaby.[21]

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.[22] The same year she played the role of Liddy in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (which was also the inspiration for Tamara Drewe). She also played a role in the absurdist black comedy The Lobster by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

In 2016, Barden played the title role in Channel 4's TV movie Ellen[23] and the role of Jasmine in the comedy film Mindhorn.

In 2017, she starred in the British horror movie Habit and in the Channel 4/Netflix television series The End of the F***ing World playing Alyssa.

In 2018, she stars as Blake in the Drive Films movie The New Romantic.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Mary Ratcliffe
2010 Tamara Drewe Jody Long
2011 Hanna Sophie
2012 Comedown Kelly
In the Dark Half Marie
2013 Mindscape Mousey
2014 Lullaby Meredith
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Liddy
The Lobster Nosebleed Woman
2016 Mindhorn Jasmine
2017 Habit Lee
2018 The New Romantic Blake Conway Completed
2019 Jungleland Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999 My Parents Are Aliens Girl in school TV series (episode: "The Date")
2005 No Angels Lucy TV series (1 episode)
2006 The Chase Amy TV series (1 episode)
2007-2008 Coronation Street Kayleigh Morton TV series (72 episodes)
2011 Comedy Showcase Barmaid TV series (episode: "Chickens", pilot for the namesake series)
2012 Vera Stella Macken TV series (episode: "The Ghost Position")
2013 Coming Up Ruby TV series (episode: "Sammy's War")
2013 Chickens Barmaid/Penny TV series (3 episodes)
2015 The Outcast Kit Carmichael TV series (2 episodes)
2016 Murder Jess TV series (episode: "The Big Bang")
2016 Penny Dreadful Justine TV series (6 episodes)
2016 Ellen Ellen TV film
2017-present The End of the F***ing World Alyssa Miniseries (Main role, 8 episodes)


  1. ^ ""Happy birthday Jessica Barden! Here she is with Carey Mulligan as 'Liddy' in last year's #FarFromTheMaddingCrowd."". Twitter. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "MRS RATCLIFFE'S REVOLUTION". Hoyts Distribution / UK Film Council. 2007. Archived from the original (DOC) on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Mark Quartley and Jessica Barden to Star in Finborough Theatre's ARMSTRONG'S WAR; Full Cast Announced!". broadwayworld. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Jessica Barden CV". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Wetherby youngster makes acting debut in TV". Harrogate Advertiser. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Jessica set to join 'Corrie' cast". Wetherby News. 2 March 2007. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Brookside's Sinbad joins Street". BBC News. 15 February 2007.
  8. ^ WRIGHT, JADE (6 April 2015). "The Scousers that shone on Coronation Street - looking back at the characters who made their mark in Weatherfield". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Coronation Street 50 Years: Who has lived where in Weatherfield". Manchester Evening News. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Wetherby's young film star". Harrogate Advertiser. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  11. ^ Dorney, Kate (2012). Modern British theatre in 100 plays. London: Methuen Drama. p. 216. ISBN 9781408164808. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Jerusalem, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, Transfers to the West End". 3 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Theatre Review: Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre London". 12 February 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  14. ^ Sandhu, Sukhdev (9 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  15. ^ Quinn, Anthony (10 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe (15)". The Independent. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  16. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (8 April 2011). ""Hanna": A ruthless, arty "Sucker Punch"". Salon. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  17. ^ Travers, Peter (7 April 2011). "Hanna (review)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  18. ^ Baldock, Luke Ryan (8 March 2013). "Comedown DVD Review". The Hollywood News. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  19. ^ Hoare, James (1 March 2013). "COMEDOWN DVD REVIEW". SciFiNow. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  20. ^ GAMBLE, PATRICK (August 2012). "Film Review: 'In the Dark Half'". CineVue. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  21. ^ Grozdanovic, Nikola (10 June 2014). "Review: 'Lullaby'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  22. ^ "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  23. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (1 September 2016). "Ellen: a searing piece of drama with a brutal final punch". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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