Jessica Haines

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Jessica Haines
Born 11 December 1978
Umtata, South Africa
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Richard Walker

Jessica Haines (born 1978)[1] is a South African actress. She is best known for the 2008 film Disgrace in which she acts alongside John Malkovich. She frequently works in Johannesburg. She is married to Richard Ancrum Walker, they have two children. After living in North Africa, Tunisia, for two years they are now based in Kenya, where their two children were born[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Jessica Haines was born in 1978 in Umtata in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She went to boarding school at Epworth in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1990. From a young age she had a love of the stage and did classical ballet and contemporary dance. She featured in a range of school arts programmes and participated as lead roles in musicals such as Brigadoon, Oklahoma and Fame. She won an arts scholarship in 1993 to carry on her studies at Epworth and In 1997 she was the first girl at Epworth to win her cultural honours blazer. In 1998 she left Natal to complete a degree at the University of Cape Town where she first studied English Literature, Drama and Social Anthropology. The following year she auditioned for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance at U.C.T and qualified at the end of 2001. Jessica's professional career started in 2002.


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Home Affairs Katherine
2008 Disgrace Lucy
2009 The Prisoner #554
2009 White Wedding Daisy directed by Jann Turner
2010 The Lost Future Nina (BBC film for television)
2010 The Bang Bang Club Allie (film directed by Steven Silver)
2011 Outcasts Karina Hoban (miniseries directed by Baraht Naruli for Kudos Films)
2012 Fynbos Meryl Directed by Harry Patramanis
2015 "Dead Before Dying-Matt Jourbert" Hanna Nortier Directed by Peter Ladkani


  • 2000 Bathezda Moon (Helen Martin) directed by Lara Bye
  • 2001 PAX- (Domesticated woman) Directed by Jaquie Singer
  • 2001 Blood Wedding Directed by Gefforey Hyland
  • 2002 Worked for The Cape Youth Theatre Company
  • 2003 Macbeth Lady Macbeth directed by Litsy Katzs for the On Que Theatre Company
  • 2004 Worked for the On Que Theatre Company.
  • 2007 Wolka Lead, written by Harry Kalmer and directed by Henriette Gryfenberg


  1. ^ Windsor, Ailsa (17 August 2009). "Jessica Haines makes her début in 'Disgrace'". Going Places. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Rapold, Nicolas (6 September 2009, S. 11). "Tough Terrain To Document : South Africa". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ INTERVIEW: ‘Disgrace’ star Jessica Haines Incontention. 4 December 2009

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