Jen Harper | Biography
Jen Harper | Biography

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  • Full Name Jen Harper
  • Occupation Actress & Doctor
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Date (Not Disclosed)
Dr. Thomson in Short Film 'The Pact' 

Jen Harper | Biography

Real Life Physician

Dr. Harper has successfully balanced a dual career as a physician, doctor, and actress. On several occasions, she went to the hospital to check on real-life patients and at the same time acted as a doctor in reel-life.

Jen Harper is an American actress and professional doctor. She recently appeared as Dr. Thomson in The Pact short film (2022).

Who is Jen Harper?

Jen Harper is a doctor, TV actress, film actress, and theater artist. Her fame began as Dr. Winona in the TV series In the Heat of the Night in 1990.

Harper is not much active on social media except for Facebook. However, as per the introduction section on her Facebook profile, she is the co-founder of The Practice, an acting workshop. She co-founded it with her fellow actresses Brenda Porter and Donna Biscoe. 

Harper also runs an official website of The Practice titled It is dedicated to helping aspiring actors and actresses improve their camera presence and help them land auditions for acting jobs.

Early Bio and Education

Jen Harper's birth information and her parents' names are not available on authentic internet sites. Thus, her age as of now is undisclosed.

Harper developed a love and interest in performing arts from a very young age. Moreover, she trained as a dancer and actor from just the age of four. She stuck to her passion throughout her years at high school, college, and medical school.

Harper attended Spelman College for formal education. She then studied medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, to become a physician. However, even after becoming a doctor, Harper chose to take her acting passion side by side. Thus, she attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She trained under famous drama tutors like Judi Dench, Fiona Shaw, Ian McKellen, etc.

Movies and TV Shows

Beginning her acting career in 1989, Harper holds 29 credits as an actress. She debuted with an uncredited role, i.e., as a dinner guest in the comedy-drama film Driving Miss Daisy. It followed her minor role appearance in the TV movie Web of Deceit as Dr. Dubrow in 1990.

The same year she landed her first prominent acting job in the TV series In the Heat of the Night. Followed by that, she had the recurring role of Dr. Winona Day in 16 episodes of the series from 1990 to 1994.

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Harper's other notable Movie and TV shows are Claudine's Return (1998 Film), Drop Dead Diva (2014 TV series), Kill the Messenger (2014 Film), Born Again Virgin (2015 TV series), The Vampire Diaries (2012-2017 TV series), Saints and Sinners (2018 TV series), Nappily Ever After (2018 Film), Greenleaf (2016-2020 TV series), etc.

Lately, she appeared as Dr. Thompson in the 2022 short film The Pact. Apart from that, her other recent acting works are as Mrs. Corrine in Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas (2021 TV Movie) and as Senator in The Righteous Gemstones (2022 TV series).

Doctor in Real and Reel Life

Dr. Harper has successfully balanced a dual career as a physician, doctor, and actress. On several occasions, she went to the hospital to check on real-life patients and at the same time acted as a doctor in reel-life.

She has played doctor roles in more than half a dozen TV series and movies. The list includes her career's first prominent role as Dr. Winona Day in In the Heat of the Night (1990-1994). Moreover, she has also portrayed her real-life profession in her most recent acting work, The Pact (2022 short film).


Despite being a media personality, Harper has maintained a low-key private life. She has not disclosed information about her married life and her husband in the media. However, she occasionally shares pictures with her husband on her Facebook account @Jen Harper.

On 1 January 2022, Harper shared a picture with her partner and wrote a status about making it to the new year. She wrote, "WE MADE IT Y'ALL!!!"

Jen Harper With Her Partner/Husband in New Year 2022 (Photo: Facebook)

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