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Jessica's mother is an accountant and her father is a prison guard. The Bardens also have a son named Josh. Jessica's parents split when she was 15. The young woman shared her feelings about this difficult time in her life: «So many people’s parents separate and for my generation, it is very normal. But I remember feeling as though nobody ever spoke about it. You were never allowed to say, «It’s so hard, my dad is living in a different house now». But as a kid, you take it very personally when your parent's divorce».
That same year, Jessica was cast to portray Kayleigh Morton in a British soap opera Coronation Street, where she was a series regular for a year and a half. In 2009, Jessica decided to try her hand at theater and played a part in the stage production Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre in London, located at the West End.
In 2010, Jessica appeared in a comedy film Tamara Drewe, starring Jemma Arterton, and later appeared in Joe Wright's action adventure-thriller Hanna with Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in the leading roles.
From 2012 to 2015, the actress appeared in an urban horror film Comedown, Jorge Dorado's psychological thriller film Mindscape, drama film Lullaby, romantic drama Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan, as well as an absurdist dystopian black comedy film, directed and written by Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster, where Barden got to work with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
In 2016, Jessica Barden got a titular role in a television film Ellen and guest-starred in 6 episodes of a horror drama series Penny Dreadful, where she met Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett.
Jessica Barden in The Lobster (trailer)
Back in 2014, she landed the role of erratic and wild Alyssa in the short film The End of the F***ing World, an adaptation of Charles Forsman's comic books of the same name. And in 2017, she was approved for that same role in a British remake of the film – a dark comedy-drama television series of that same name. Jessica was the only actress cast from the previous version of the project.
She once again portrayed a depressed rebellious teenager, Alyssa, feeling left out of her new family and trying to find her estranged father. The series instantly gained a cult following and received rave audience and critics reviews, who noted Barden's brilliant and believable acting. Barden's co-star Alex Lawther was also highly praised.
Jessica Barden at The End of the F***ing World
She also had a couple of previous relationships, yet none of them was something more than a fling.
Jessica is 157 cm tall.
I’m obsessed with my career. I’m 25 – it shouldn’t really be any other way. I’ve had boyfriends in the past who haven’t understood that, but I didn’t lose any sleep over it. If a man has a problem with the fact I work 20 hours a day, I don’t have to explain myself.
The End of the F***ing World was renewed for the second season immediately after the pilot episode premiered. The second season dropped in November 2019. In 2019, the actress also took part in Jungleland, a drama film, starring Charlie Hunnam.
In 2020, the premiere of the film Pink Skies Ahead took place, in which Jessica starred alongside Rosa Salazar. At the same time, Hearts of Stone was filming, which is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
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