Irish actress Jessie Buckley has made a name for herself in TV drama, and is now starring in army drama The Last Post, airing on BBC One.
She is also known for appearing in Taboo, starring Tom Hardy – here is the full lowdown…
Who is Jessie Buckley?
Jessie Buckley was born in Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland, on 28 December 1989 – she is 27 years old.
Encouraged and trained to sing by her mother, she appeared in numerous productions at her all-girls school, performing male roles such as Tony in West Side Story.
She is a talented musician, who is grade eight in the piano, clarinet and harp after training with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
How did Jessie Buckley get her big break?
After being turned down by two drama schools, in 2008 Jessie entered the BBC talent show series I’d Do Anything, the search for new, unknown lead to play the iconic role of Nancy in Oliver!
She excelled in the competition, reaching the final and finishing in second place behind Jodie Prenger in the public vote.
Musical theatre legends Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who appeared on the judging panel, both said Jessie was their preferred choice as the winner.
Following her performances on the show, she was approached to understudy Nancy, but turned it down to make her West End debut in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
As well as making numerous concert appearances, she graduated from the world-famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2013.
When did she move into TV drama?
Jessie played Miranda in The Tempest at the Shakespeare Globe in the 2013 summer season, and performed opposite Jude Law in a West End production of The Bard’s Henry V later that year.
She also starred in a production of The Winter’s Tale from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company that was streamed to cinemas across the world in November 2015.
Then in 2016, she earned rave reviews for her “beautiful” portrayal of Marya Bolkonskaya in the BBC’s big-budget hit dramatisation of War and Peace. She was reportedly dating her on-screen brother in the acclaimed drama, James Norton.
Who does Jessie play in Taboo?
In Taboo, Jessie is starring as the recurring character Lorna Bow, while Tom Hardy portrays “heinous” adventurer James Keziah Delaney.
Lorna is an actress who lights up the stage at London’s Theatre Royal.
She also claims to be the widower of James Delaney’s father with a right to a share of his inheritance.
An uneasy bond forms between her and the younger Delaney as they forge a mutually beneficial but complicated relationship.
What is The Last Post about?
Jessie is now starring in BBC army drama The Last Post.
The show is written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat.
The Last Post is based on his childhood memories and his father’s career as an officer in the Royal Military Police.
It will focus on his mother’s struggle with being what the army required her to be.
The series is a close up view of army life set in the heat, glamour and extreme danger of Aden (Yemen) in the 1960s.