Jessica Marais – Biography of Jessica Marais

The actress Jessica Dominique Marais He was born on January 28, 1985 in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. As a child she lived with her family in Canada and New Zealand before settling permanently in the city of Perth (Australia), when she was 9 years old. Six months after her arrival in Perth her father passed away from a heart attack and she and her sister Clara were raised by their mother Karen.

Jessica She finished high school at the Santa Hilda Anglican School for Girls in 2002. Later, she studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 2007. During her last year of studies, she obtained the role of Rachel Rafter in a new Australian series titled “Packed to the Rafters“.

The series premiered a year later, immediately becoming an audience success, which was renewed for successive seasons. In May 2009 Jessica won a Logie Award for “Most Popular Female Talent” and the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for “Most Outstanding New Talent.” In February 2011 it was announced that Marais He was leaving the series he worked on for 73 episodes between 2008 and 2011.

In 2008 he made his debut on the big screen starring in the Australian film “Two Fists, One Heart“His other works for Australian cinema include the short film”.Fish lips“and the horror film”Needle“(2010).

During 2009 the actress participated as a guest artist in four episodes of the American series filmed in Auckland (New Zealand), “Legend of the Seeker“.

After walking away from “Packed to the Rafters“She moved to Hollywood with the intention of continuing her career in the American market. Shortly after she was selected to act in the series”Magic city“, whose premiere is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. Set in the city of Miami in the late 50’s,”Magic city“features the stars of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko, Christian Cooke, Steven Strait and {@bioTaylor Blackwell}; in her Jessica plays the role of Lily diamond.

In his personal life, Marais is engaged to her former partner “Packed to the Rafters“, James Stewart, who continued in the series after the departure of Jessica. In November 2011, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.