Jessie Cave

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Jessie Cave
Cave in 2022
Jessica Alice Cave Lloyd

(1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 36)
London, England
Alma materKingston University
  • Actress
  • cartoonist
Years active2007–present
PartnerAlfie Brown (2014–present)
RelativesBebe Cave (sister)

Jessica Alice Cave Lloyd[1] (born 5 May 1987) is an English actress, comedian and cartoonist, known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter film series and for her shows in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has also published a book of cartoon doodles called Love Sick, some of the designs in which have appeared on greeting cards. A comedic play based on her life and relationships, Sunrise, was first performed in 2019. Cave's first novel, Sunset, was published in 2021.

Early life[edit]

Cave was born on 5 May 1987 in London,[2] the second of five siblings. Her father works as a general practitioner.[3] Her mother Deborah[4][5] is the daughter of former Chief Secretary to Hong Kong, Tasmanian-born Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave.[6] Her youngest sister Bebe Cave is also an actress.

She attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith for Sixth Form. A former county-level swimmer and ex-national tennis player, she studied illustration and animation at Kingston University, dropping out aged 19.[7][6][8] Her tennis career was cut short by injury when she was 15.[9] In 2020, she revealed that she had been raped by her tennis coach at the age of 14.[10] She had originally intended to study stage management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked in London as a stagehand, before deciding to pursue acting.[11][12]


Cave made her acting debut in the drama Summerhill, shown on CBBC in early 2008.

She won the role of Lavender Brown in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince through an open casting call held on 1 July 2007. Cave, who came from an agency, beat over 7,000 girls who turned up for the audition.[13] She also performed the voice of Lavender in the video-game adaptations of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

In June 2009, she made her West End début, playing "Thomasina" in a revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre.[14] That December, Cave had a minor role in the 2009 film Inkheart as a water nymph.[15]

She appeared in the play Breed at Theatre503, playing the role of Liv, from 21 September to 16 October 2010.[16] She won the Off West-End stage award for People's Choice for Female Performance.[17]

On 4 February 2011, she appeared as a one-off character, Hermione, on the CBBC children's drama Sadie J.[18]

Cave runs the website Pindippy, and its associated YouTube channel of the same name, which features short videos written by and starring Cave herself, with occasional appearances from some of her Harry Potter costars, including her close friend, Evanna Lynch.[19]

She played the title character in a 2012 production of J. M. Barrie's Mary Rose at the DogOrange Theatre, in London.[20] That same year, she appeared as Zazzy in the final episode of season 2 of Grandma's House, which aired on 24 May 2012, and in the role of Elder Biddy in 2012's Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and directed by Mike Newell. During the filming of Great Expectations, Cave worked alongside her younger sister Bebe (who played the younger Biddy) and was also reunited with her Harry Potter costars Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Ralph Fiennes. By June 2012, Cave had amassed over 30,000 followers on her Twitter account.[19]

Cave has had several minor television roles. She appeared as a waitress named Angela in a medieval restaurant in the second series of BBC Three's Pramface, which aired on 8 January 2013. She appeared as Theodora Snitch, a character in YouTube's one-off revival of the TV series Knightmare; as Denise in episode 2 of Coming Up Series 8; as Alicia Ferguson on the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens, in the two-part episode "The Thirteenth Floor"; as Anne-Marie Bonner in series 2 of The Job Lot; and as Annie Maddocks in the E4 drama Glue in 2014. She has appeared as herself on game shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown in 2017 and Richard Osman's House of Games in November 2021.

In August 2012, Cave made her debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her show Bookworm, which is described as "a charming hour of character comedy and loving literary silliness inspired by the obsessive Potter fans" Cave encountered while starring in the Harry Potter films. In the show, Cave stars as the bossy leader of a book club named Bookworms United, whose sidekick is played by her younger sister, Bebe. Cave's character expresses her enthusiasm for topics ranging from Babar to Andre Agassi's autobiography through a combination of homemade props and shadow puppetry, which conceal the character's neurosis and contrast with a subplot about an ex-boyfriend.[9][21]

Her 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show Sunrise was described as an "emotionally intelligent [and] honest" performance.[22] Sunrise received widespread praise and rave reviews, and has since been published as a playtext by Nick Hern Books.[23] She also does regular comedy shows at venues in Soho, London.[24]

Other activities[edit]

In 2012, Cave created a fashion range of colourful boho-chic harem-style pants, called "Cave Pants".[6] She also published a book of cartoons called Lovesick on 2 July 2015 through Ebury Publishing. These cartoons have also been made into a greeting card range published by Cardmix.[25][26]

Cave and her sister, actor Bebe Cave, began a podcast in 2020, We Can't Talk About That Right Now.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cave is in a relationship with comedian Alfie Brown, son of composer Steve Brown and impressionist Jan Ravens. They have four children: a son born in October 2014, a daughter born in July 2016, a second son born in October 2020,[27][28] and a third son born in March 2022.[29]

The couple's relationship inspired Cave's 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy hit I Loved Her.[30] They broke up after the birth of their second child, and Cave explored their breakup and co-parenting experience in her 2018 show Sunrise.[31] In 2018, Cave and Brown, who were separated at the time, took part in Comedy Central's Roast Battle.[23] The couple eventually reconciled.[7]

In January 2021, Cave's third child was treated in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.[32][33] In February 2022, Cave tested positive for COVID-19 while pregnant with her fourth child. The following month, she was admitted to hospital[34] where she gave birth.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cranford Villager Episode: "April 1843"; uncredited
2008 Summerhill Stella Television film
2011 Sadie J Hermione Episode: "Slumberlicious"
2012 Grandma's House Zazzy Episode: "The Day Simon and his Family Opened the Door to Acceptance"
2013 Pramface Angela Episode: "The Edge of Hell"
Dani's Castle Lady Steffie Episode: "The Lying Game"
Coming Up Denise Episode: "Burger Van Champion"
BBC Comedy Feeds Various Episode: "The Cariad Show"
Wizards vs Aliens Alicia Ferguson 2 episodes: "The Thirteenth Floor, Part One & Part Two"
Medics Millie Television film
2014 Cardinal Burns Various 1 episode (season 2)
The Job Lot Anne-Marie Bonner Episode: "MP"
Glue Online Annie Maddocks Episode: "Glue: One Day Before"
Glue Main role
Give Out Girls George Episode: "The Truth"
2015 High & Dry Blap Susan TV short film
2015–2018 Trollied Heather Main role (seasons 5–7)
2016 Call the Midwife Connie Manley 1 episode (season 5)
2017 Loaded Rachel Cooper Episode: "The Red List"
Porridge Karen Episode: "The Listener"
The Rebel Steph Episode: "Death"
Black Mirror Edna Episode: "Hang the DJ"
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Herself Season 13, Episode 2
2018 Father Brown Pandora Pott Episode: "The Kembleford Dragon"
2020 Industry Bobby Episode: "Quiet and Nice"
2021 Richard Osman's House of Games Herself 5 episodes
The Stand Up Sketch Show 1 episode (season 3)
Buffering Rosie Main role
2022 The Baby Amy Episode: "The Bulldozer"


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Inkheart Water Nymph Uncredited role
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lavender Brown
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2012 Great Expectations Biddy
2013 Knightmare Theodora Snitch Short film
2014 Pride Zoe
2015 Tale of Tales Fenizia
Anna, Island Lou Short film
2016 The Baby Shower Leela
2017 Modern Life Is Rubbish Kerry
2018 Benjamin Martha

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lavender Brown (voice)
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Authored works[edit]

  • Sunset, Welbeck Publishing Group, 2021. ISBN 9781787395299


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