Jessie Buckley

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Jessie Buckley
Jessie Buckley 2019.jpg
Buckley in 2019
Born (1989-12-28) December 28, 1989 (age 31)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2008–present

Jessie Buckley (born 28 December 1989) is an Irish actress and singer. Her career began in 2008 as a contestant on the BBC TV talent show I'd Do Anything in which she placed second.[1] In the same year she appeared in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.[2] She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 2013.[3] Buckley's early onscreen appearances include roles for BBC television series: Marya Bolkonskaya in the 2016 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (2016),[4] Lorna Bow in Taboo (2017)[5] and Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White (2018).

Buckley made her film debut playing lead role of Moll Huntford in Beast (2017). She continues to portray roles in film and television including Rose-Lynn Harlan in Wild Rose (2018), Lyudmilla Ignatenko in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (2019), the Young Woman in I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020), and Oraetta Mayflower in season four of Fargo (2020).[6][7][8] For her performance in Wild Rose, she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2019, Buckley was recognised by Forbes in its annual 30 Under 30 list.[9] In 2020, she was listed at number 38 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.[10]

Early life[edit]

Buckley was born in Killarney, County Kerry. Her mother, Marina Cassidy, encouraged her to sing and coached her. She has a brother and three sisters, all younger. Buckley went to Ursuline Secondary School, an all-girls convent school in Thurles, County Tipperary, where her mother works as a vocal coach[11] and where she performed in school productions. She played a number of male roles at school, including the male lead role of Jets gang founder Tony in the musical West Side Story and Freddie Trumper in Chess.[12]

She has achieved Grade eight in piano, clarinet and harp with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is also a member of the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra. Buckley also attended The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) workshops during the summer, to help improve her singing and acting; this was where she was recognised as a talented actress and was encouraged to apply for drama school in London. Just before she auditioned for I'd Do Anything, she was turned down by two drama schools, including one the day before her first audition for the show.[12] In 2008, Buckley won the AIMS Best Actress award for her portrayal of Julie Jordan in the Killarney Musical Society production of Carousel.


Buckley competed in I'd Do Anything, a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a London West End stage revival of the British musical Oliver!. She reached the final on 31 May 2008, finishing in second place behind Jodie Prenger.[13]

Buckley performed at the Andrew Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park show in Hyde Park, London on 14 September 2008, singing "I Don't Know How To Love Him" as a solo and "Light at the End of the Tunnel" from Starlight Express with fellow I'd Do Anything finalists Keisha Amponsa-Banson, Niamh Perry, Rachel Tucker as well as Any Dream Will Do finalists Daniel Boys, Lewis Bradley, Ben James-Ellis and Keith Jack.[14] On 18 September she and Aoife Mulholland performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at an Andrew Lloyd Webber evening at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.[15] On 26 August 2008 Buckley performed on Denny Street in Tralee, Co. Kerry for RTÉ Radio 1.[citation needed] After this, Jessie performed at a charity concert in Tipperary, where she announced that she would be starting rehearsals for A Little Night Music in London the following Monday.[citation needed]

Buckley was offered the opportunity to understudy Nancy,[16] but turned it down in favour of another production: on 10 October 2008 it was announced that Buckley would be appearing in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music, in the role of Anne Egerman, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a fringe Studio Theatre, in London from 22 November 2008 to 8 March 2009. She appeared alongside Maureen Lipman and Hannah Waddingham in the production, which was directed by Trevor Nunn.[17] A Little Night Music transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End on 7 April 2009 (previews from 28 March – 6 April). A Little Night Music was Buckley's West End debut. The show closed on 25 July 2009. Since then, she has appeared in a number of concerts nationally, including a Christmas concert alongside Maria Friedman, Cantabile – the London Quartet and Tim Rice,[18] and in February 2010 appeared alongside Daniel Boys (and Night Music co-star Kelly Price[19]) in a series of Valentine musical concerts.[20]

Buckley graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in January 2013.[3]

In the 2013 summer season at Shakespeare's Globe, she played Miranda in The Tempest, and singer Arabella Hunt and Kate in Samuel Adamson's Gabriel.[21][22]

Buckley played the part of Emily Strong in Rosamunde Pilcher's four-part TV adaptation of her book Shades of Love. This was aired in September 2013.[23]

In September 2013, Buckley appeared opposite Jude Law in Michael Grandage's West End production of Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre.[24] She played Perdita in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of The Winter's Tale,[25] which was streamed live to cinemas worldwide on 26 November 2015.

In 2016, Buckley appeared as Marya Bolkonskaya in the BBC's new dramatisation of War and Peace[26] Buckley received acclaim for her performance with Viv Groskop of The Guardian citing her performance as a highlight of episode two, writing that she plays this supposedly plain and pious character "beautifully".[27]

In 2017, Buckley appeared as Lorna Bow in the BBC television drama series Taboo, alongside Tom Hardy.[5] She also starred as Honor Martin in the BBC series The Last Post and as Marian Halcombe in the BBC series The Woman in White.

In 2018, Buckley received acclaim for her lead performance as Moll Huntford in the psychological thriller Beast, a British-made film set on Jersey. She played the lead role in the 2019 country music drama Wild Rose, which earned Buckley the opportunity to perform music from the film at the Glastonbury Festival. The official soundtrack from the film reached number one on the UK Country Albums Chart.

In 2019, Buckley appeared as Lyudmilla Ignatenko in Chernobyl. She appeared in the 2019 biopic of Judy Garland titled Judy.[28] In 2020, she has appeared in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan,[29] The Courier, directed by Dominic Cooke,[30] and Misbehaviour, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe,[31] and starred in the drama thriller I'm Thinking of Ending Things, directed by Charlie Kaufman for Netflix.[32] Also in 2020, Buckley had a lead role as nurse Oraetta Mayflower in the fourth season of the FX black comedy crime drama Fargo.[33]

In January 2021, it was announced that Buckley would star alongside Rory Kinnear in Alex Garland's next film Men for A24.[34]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2017 Beast Moll Huntford Michael Pearce
2018 Wild Rose Rose-Lynn Harlan Tom Harper
2019 Judy Rosalyn Wilder Rupert Goold
2020 Dolittle Queen Victoria Stephen Gaghan
2020 The Courier Sheila Wynne Dominic Cooke
2020 Misbehaviour Jo Robinson Philippa Lowthorpe
2020 I'm Thinking of Ending Things Young Woman Charlie Kaufman
TBA The Lost Daughter Young Leda Maggie Gyllenhaal Post-production
TBA Men (film) Young Woman Alex Garland Pre-preduction


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love Emily Strong 3 episodes
2014 Endeavour Kitty Batten 1 episode
2016 War & Peace Marya Bolkonskaya 6 episodes
2017 Taboo Lorna Bow 7 episodes
2017 The Last Post Honor Martin 6 episodes
2018 The Woman in White Marian Halcombe 5 episodes
2019 Chernobyl Lyudmilla Ignatenko 5 episodes
2020 Fargo Oraetta Mayflower 10 episodes


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Supporting Role - Television Taboo Nominated
Rising Star N/A Nominated
British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Beast Won
Best Actress Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2019 London Critics Circle Film Awards Best British/Irish Actress of the Year Won
British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award N/A Nominated [35]
British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actress - Film Wild Rose Won
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress in Film Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Breakthrough Performance - Actress Wild Rose & Judy Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2020 London Critics Circle Film Awards Best British/Irish Actress of the Year Nominated [36]
British Academy Film Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Wild Rose Nominated [37]
Irish Film & Television Awards Actress in a Leading Role - Film Won [38]
Actress in a Leading Role - Television The Woman in White Nominated [38]
Actress in a Supporting Role - Television Chernobyl Won [38]
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress I'm Thinking of Ending Things Won [39]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated [40]
2021 Gotham Awards Best Actress Nominated [41]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Pending
London Film Critics' Circle Award British/Irish Actress of the Year I'm Thinking of Ending Things & Misbehaviour Pending


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