Jessica Lucas

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Jessica Lucas
Jessica Lucas WonderCon 2013.jpg
Lucas at WonderCon in March 2013
Born (1985-09-24) September 24, 1985 (age 34)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2000–present

Jessica Lucas (born September 24, 1985[1]) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place, Cult, and Gotham, and in the films The Covenant, Cloverfield and the 2013 Evil Dead. She also starred in the music video for Coldplay's 2014 single "True Love".


Lucas was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2] Her father is a Black Canadian, and her mother is Euro-Canadian.[3] She began acting at seven years old, and trained with the Children's Arts Theatre School in Toronto.[4] She started her career appearing in stage productions,[4] including local productions of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Grease, Cinderella, Mousetrap and Music Medley.

In April 2017, Lucas announced her engagement to chef Alex Jermasek.[5]


In 2001 she joined the Canadian teen drama television series Edgemont as recurring character Bekka Lawrence, later becoming a series regular on the show,[4] which she remained through the end of the show's run in 2005. She was also a series regular on another Canadian television series, YTV's short-lived 2030 CE in 2002.[1][6]

She guest starred in an episode of The L Word as Roxanne in 2004. She went on to appear as a series regular in the short-lived ABC teen drama series Life as We Know It as Sue;[7] the series which ran for just one season. In 2006 she appeared in the film She's the Man[8] and co-starred in The Covenant.[9] She was cast in another ABC television pilot, Secrets of a Small Town, though it was not picked up to series.

In 2007, she joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation playing the recurring character of Ronnie Lake.[10] Despite appearing in four episodes, rumours were denied that she would be a permanent replacement for Sara Sidle.[4] The character was written out of the series with no explanation. She also appeared in a made-for-television film Split Decision.[11]

In 2008, she guest starred as Kimberly MacIntyre in four episodes of The CW's 90210. She also starred in a leading role as Lily in J. J. Abrams Cloverfield,[12] which was a box office success[13] and was well received by critics.

She was cast as Lisa in the film Amusement in 2006;[14] the film was set to be released theatrically by New Line Cinema, but after a negative reaction it was released instead straight-to-DVD in 2009. The same year, Lucas was announced to have signed on as Riley Richmond, one of the lead roles in another CW television series Melrose Place, a followup to the popular 1990s series of the same name.[15][16]

Lucas was part of the main cast of the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits, which aired during the summer of 2011 before being cancelled.[17][18][19] In 2011 she played Haley in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,[20] where she showcased her singing talents as well as her acting skills.

In 2012 Lucas was cast as the lead character, Skye Yarrow, in the CW series Cult,[21] which was filmed in Spring 2012.[22] In 2012 she was cast in a main role in the 2013 remake of the classic horror film The Evil Dead.[23]

In 2014, Lucas appeared in Pompeii directed by Paul W. S. Anderson.[24]

From 2015 to 2019, she has had a regular role in FOX's Gotham as Tabitha Galavan.[25][26]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 She's the Man Yvonne
2006 The Covenant Kate Tunney
2008 Cloverfield Lily Ford
2008 Amusement Lisa Swan
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Haley Robinson
2013 Evil Dead Olivia
2014 That Awkward Moment Vera Walker
2014 Pompeii Ariadne


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Seven Days Rita Episode: "The Backstepper's Apprentice"
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Vampire girl Television film
2001–2005 Edgemont Bekka Lawrence Recurring role (seasons 2–3); main role (seasons 4–5); 40 episodes
2001 The Sausage Factory Haley Episode: "Dances with Squirrels"
2002–2003 2030 CE Jakki Kaan Main role; 26 episodes
2002 Damaged Care Tasha Peeno Television film
2003 Romeo! Jessica Episode: "Slam Dunk"
2004 The L Word Roxanne Episode: "Losing It"
2004–2005 Life as We Know It Sue Miller Main role; 13 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ronnie Lake 4 episodes
2008 90210 Kimberly McIntyre 4 episodes
2009–2010 Melrose Place Riley Richmond Main role; 18 episodes
2011 Friends with Benefits Riley Elliott Main role; 13 episodes
2011 Psych Lilly Jenkins Episode: "Last Night Gus"
2013 Cult Skye Yarrow Main role; 13 episodes
2014 Gracepoint Renee Clemons Main role; 9 episodes
2015–2019 Gotham Tabitha Galavan Main role (seasons 2–5)
2019 The Murders Kate Jameson Main role[27]


  1. ^ a b c "Jessica Lucas - Full Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Talarico, Brittany (February 24, 2011). "Jessica Lucas Takes a Shot with George Lopez; Talks About Male Admirers". OK!. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  3. ^ McGrath, Jenny (May 24, 2012). "Who Is Jessica Lucas, Matt Davis's New Cult Co-Star?". WetPaint. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Vancouver actor nabs CSI role". CBC News. August 20, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Stone, Natalie (April 27, 2017). "Jessica Lucas Is Engaged". Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Brioux, Bill (February 28, 2016). "The Vancouver connection behind TV's Gotham, which returns Monday - Jessica Lucas joins cast of series chronicling Batman's early days". Vancouver Sun. The Canadian Press. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Donahue, Ann (October 5, 2004). "Review: 'Life as We Know It'". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Koehler, Robert (March 9, 2006). "Review: 'She's the Man'". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Chang, Justin (September 8, 2006). "Review: 'The Covenant'". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 20, 2007). "Lucas on scene as 'CSI' newbie". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Harris, Bill (October 25, 2007). "Jessica Lucas getting noticed". Sun Media. Canoe. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Todd (January 16, 2008). "Review: 'Cloverfield'". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (January 20, 2008). "'Cloverfield' devours box office". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  14. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (December 8, 2006). "'Amusement' stakes five for thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 17, 2009). "Jessica Lucas moves into 'Melrose Place'". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  16. ^ Svetkey, Benjamin (March 18, 2009). "'Melrose Place' update: 'Cloverfield' star Jessica Lucas to lead cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  17. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 14, 2010). "Breaking: NBC picks up four new series, officially confirms 'Chuck' renewal". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 17, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  18. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program" (Press release). NBC. May 16, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2016 – via The Futon Critic.
  19. ^ "Friends with Benefits - Bumped to Fridays". Spoiler TV. June 9, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  20. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 4, 2010). "Jessica Lucas enters 'Momma's' house". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2012). "Jessica Lucas Set As Lead of CW Pilot 'Cult', Noureen DeWulf Joins 'Anger Management'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  22. ^ Byrne, Craig (February 7, 2012). "Jessica Lucas Cast In The CW's Cult Pilot". Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (March 7, 2012). "'Melrose Place' Actress Joining 'Evil Dead' Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  24. ^ "Jessica Lucas, 'Evil Dead' Star, Signs On For 'Pompeii' From Paul W.S. Anderson". Inquistr. April 8, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2015). "'Gotham' Casts James Frain As Regular, Will Play New Villain & Tigress' Brother". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  26. ^ Cardona, Ian (January 3, 2019). "Gotham's Final Season Delivers Its First Major Casualty". CBR. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  27. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 10, 2018). "About Premium Content Boards Muse Ent.'s Thriller Series 'The Murders' With Jessica Lucas (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2019.

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