Jessica McNamee

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Jessica McNamee
Jessica McNamee 3.jpg
McNamee in 2012
Born Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Jessica McNamee is an Australian actress. McNamee rose to fame playing roles in the Seven Network television programmes Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters. McNamee went on to film roles after leaving the latter.


McNamee secured a role in the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away playing the role of Lisa Duffy.[1] McNamee later went on to star as Sammy Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters.[2] In 2009, McNamee was a contestant on the ninth series of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with dancer Stefano Olivieri and they were eliminated before the final.[3] The role of Sammy left McNamee keen to lose the "good girl" image the role created. In the series production breaks she decided to take on different roles.[2] McNamee starred in the horror film The Loved Ones;[4] which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.[5]

In mid-2010 she went on to film the short film 50-50.

McNamee went on to secure a role in the 2012 film The Vow. She filmed the project in Toronto alongside Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. McNamee described working on the film as a "surreal experience".[6]

In 2013, she returned to Packed to the Rafters for the final season as a special guest star.

From 2014 to 2015, McNamee starred in the USA Network TV series Sirens. She played the role of Theresa Kelly, a Chicago police officer, and was a main character in the show.

Personal life[edit]

McNamee is the younger sister of actress Penny McNamee.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Home and Away Lisa Duffy Guest role
2008–10, 2013 Packed To The Rafters Sammy Rafter Regular role 2008-10, Guest 2013; 55 episodes
2009 Dancing with the Stars Self 10 episodes, 6th place
2010 Loved Ones, TheThe Loved Ones Mia
50-50 Nelly Cameron Short film
2012 Vow, TheThe Vow Gwen Thornton
2013 White Collar Penny Chase Guest role
2014 The Time of Our Lives Lisa Montego 4 episodes
2014–2015 Sirens Theresa Kelly Main cast; 23 episodes
2015 Last Days of Summer Jenna Post-production
2016 CHiPs Lindsey Taylor Filming
2017 Battle of the Sexes Margaret Court Filming


  1. ^ "Jessica McNamee". (TVNZ). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Duck, Siobhan (30 June 2010). "Jessica McNamee to smash her Packed To The Rafters' good-girl image". The Daily Telegraph. (News Limited). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jess McNamee". Yahoo!7. (Yahoo! and Network Seven). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Paatsch, Leigh (4 November 2010). "The Loved Ones movie review". Herald Sun. Australia: (The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Lacey, Liam (20 September 2009). "Precious looks golden after People's Choice win". Globe and Mail. Canada: (Globe Life Network). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rafters star makes a family vow". Herald Sun. Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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