Jessica Knappett

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Jessica Knappett
Born (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 34)
Known forDrifters

Jessica Amy Knappett (born November 28, 1984)[citation needed] is an English comedy writer and actress. She is best known for playing Meg in the TV series Drifters, which she created, and Lisa in The Inbetweeners Movie.

Early life[edit]

Knappett was born and brought up in Bingley, West Yorkshire where she attended Woodhouse Grove School, before studying at the University of Manchester.[1][2][3] She was a founder member of Lady Garden, a sketch group who met in Manchester in 2005[4] and performed their first show at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, returning in 2009 and 2010. During this period, the group toured throughout England, and performed at Sheffield, Manchester, Brighton, Comedy Festivals in 2008, were 2009 Hackney New Act & Laughing Horse Finalists, and won an Argus Angel for their show in the Brighton Fringe in May 2009.


Knappett was the creator, writer, executive producer and star of comedy Drifters for E4 in which she played the role of Meg.[5] Due to the popularity and success of the first series, it was quickly repeated on Channel 4 and later commissioned for a further three. Knappett was nominated for an RTS award for Best Comedy writer and Broadcast award for Drifters series 2. Series 4 aired on E4 and Channel 4 at the end of 2016.

Knappett played the lead role of Lisa in The Inbetweeners Movie and appeared in Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge Movie Alpha Papa and the TV Movie Irreversible alongside David Schwimmer. Other credits include Drunk History for Comedy Central, Mid-Morning Matters for Sky One, Twenty Twelve for BBC Two, E4's Meet the Parents for Objective Productions, How Not to Live Your Life and Lunch Monkeys for BBC3. She also played the role of Carly in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Shedtown alongside Johnny Vegas. She has also recorded a string of pilots, including Everything Happens for No Reason written by Richard Herring, alongside Noel Fielding.[6]

Knappett makes regular appearances on panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and contributes to The Guardian,[7] The Independent, Glamour, ShortList and NME.

She was also a contestant on series 7 of Dave comedy/gameshow Taskmaster, with James Acaster, Kerry Godliman, Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert.

Personal life[edit]

Knappett married American musician and writer Dan Crane in September 2016.[3][8] Their first child was born in summer 2017.[9]

Her brother is the comedy producer Ben Knappett.

She has in interviews mentioned that Drifters was a semi-autobiographical, therapeutic re-writing of history.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Hypothetical Self Series 1 Episode 1
2019 The Russell Howard Hour Self Series 2 Episode 8
2019 The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited Self
2018 The Last Leg Self The Last Leg of the Year
2018 Taskmaster Self Series 8
2018 Travel Man Self Ibiza
2018 Sunday Brunch Self Series 7 Episode 30
2018 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Self Series 15 Episode 1 & Series 16 Episode 6
2018 Go 8 Bit Self Series 3 Episode 3
2017 The Educatoror Charlotte Baines TV mini series
2017 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Self Series 5 Episode 4
2017 Drunk History: UK Self Series 3 Episode 2
2016 Drunk History: UK Self Series 2 Episode 4
2016 8 Out of 10 Cats Self Series 20 Episode 4, Series 19 Episode 4
2015 Drunk History: UK Florence Nightingale Series 1 Episode 8
2014 Irreversible Sarah TV movie
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa WPC Ruth
2013 Drifters Meg
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Lisa
2011 Coming of Age Alice Series 3 Episode 8
2011 Lunch Monkeys Becky Series 2 Episode 4
2011 Meet the Parents Sister Series 1 Episode 1


  1. ^ Huddleston, Yvette (24 October 2013). "My Life: Jessica Knappett". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ Hannah Begbie. "Jessica Knappett CV". United Artists. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Harriet Gibsone (10 October 2016). "Drifters' Jessica Knappett on turning her wilderness years into a TV smash". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Stuart Husband; Horatia Harrod (27 October 2010). "Britain's Funniest Women". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
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  8. ^ Jessica Knappett (26 March 2017). "The Guardian - Life and Style - How I married a world-champion air guitarist who turned up on my doorstep". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Jessica Knappett (16 April 2017). "The Guardian - Life and Style - Nothing prepared me for pregnancy, apart from the never-ending hangover of my 20s". The Guardian.
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