Jessie Burton

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Jessie Burton
Born 1982 (age 34–35)[1]
Residence London
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama, University of Oxford
Occupation Author, actress

Jessie Burton (born 1982) is an English author and actress. As of February 2017 she has published two novels, The Miniaturist and The Muse.

Early life[edit]

Burton studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama[2] and the University of Oxford.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Her 2014 debut novel The Miniaturist is set in 17th century Amsterdam. The novel is inspired by Petronella Oortman's dollhouse now at the Rijksmuseum, although it does not otherwise attempt to be a biographical novel.[3] The Miniaturist took over four years to write. It was the subject of a bidding war at the April 2013 London Book Fair.[4]

Burton's second novel, The Muse, was published in 2016 and is set in a dual time-frame, during the Spanish Civil War and 30 years later in 1960s London.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Burton's work in theatre includes The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, London.[6]

Personal life[edit]

As well as working as an author and actress, Burton has worked as a PA in the City of London.[1] She lives in South-East London.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Inside back cover of 2015 Picador UK paperback edition of The Miniaturist
  2. ^ National Theatre : Company Members : Jessie Burton
  3. ^ Spiegelman, Ian (29 August 2014). "Jessie Burton on the dollhouse that inspired her novel". USA Today. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Jessie Burton: I never thought of The Miniaturist as ambitious". BBC News. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Quinn, Anthony (25 June 2016). "The Muse by Jessie Burton". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Tim Masters (1 December 2014). "Miniaturist novel named Waterstones book of 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist voted Specsavers Book of the Year". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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