Jacques was born in Redhill, Surrey and grew up in Horley. She attended Reigate Grammar School for two years before her parents moved her to a local comprehensive school, followed by the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, West Sussex, studying History at the University of Manchester and then Literature and Film at the University of Sussex.
In 2007, she published a book on English avant-garde author Rayner Heppenstall for Dalkey Archive Press, and her memoir, entitled Trans, was published by Verso Books in 2015. She has written regular columns for The Guardian, on gender identity and the New Statesman, on literature, film, art and football, and published extensively on film in Filmwaves, Vertigo and Cineaste. She began writing a chronicle of her gender reassignment in 2010. She contributed a section in Sheila Heti's book, "Women in Clothes" which was published in 2014.
She was longlisted for The Orwell Prize in 2011 for her series on gender reassignment. In 2012 she was selected as one of The Independent on Sunday Pink List’s most influential journalists, and was also included in the 2013 list.
Jacques also plays football, and won the Shield with the Brighton Bandits at the 2008 IGLFA World Cup.
For several years Jacques worked for the NHS, during the period Andrew Lansley's reform were implemented. She was made redundant in 2014. She wrote about this period of the NHS in a personal essay for the New Statesman.
- Juliet Jacques (2 June 2012). "A transgender journey: part one". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Jacques, Juliet. "On the dispute between the trans community and radical feminism". New Statesman. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- "A transgender journey | Life and style". The Guardian. London. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Juliet Jacques". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Long Lists". The Orwell Prize. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "IoS Pink List 2012: Journalists - News - People". The Independent. London. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "The Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013". The Independent. London. 13 October 2013.
- "Juliet Jacques". The Orwell Prize. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Jacques, Juliet. "Goodbye to the NHS: a personal story of a public service". New Statesman. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
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