- Full Name Jessica Helen Lloyd
- Nickname Jessica Raine
- Occupation Actress
- Nationality English
- Birthplace England
- Birth Date May 20, 1982
- Age 40 Years, 8 Months
Jessica Raine | BiographyFamous for TV shows like 'Doctor Who,' 'Line of Duty,' & 'Wolf Hall'
Raine is married to her husband, actor Tom Goodman-Hill. The couple first met in 2010 while co-starring in the play Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre and soon started dating each other. They moved in together in 2013, and the pair ultimately exchanged the wedding vows on 1 September 2015.
Jessica Raine is an actress best known for starring in the role of Jenny Lee in the BBC historical drama series Call the Midwife.
Who is Jessica Raine?
Jessica Raine is an English actress who began her professional acting career as a stage actress. She starred in the leading role of the Jacobean tragedy, The Changeling at the Young Vic. She also appeared in plays like Rocket to the Moon, Ghosts, and Punk Rock, for which she won the ‘Manchester Evening News Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’
Raine first appeared on television in 2009, guest-starring in an episode of the biographical drama television series Garrow’s Law. She then landed her breakout role as nurse Jenny Lee in the historical television drama series Call the Midwife (2012-2014).
Raine also appeared in several other television series and miniseries, including Doctor Who, Line of Duty, Wolf Hall, Fortitude, Partners in Crime, The Last Post, Patrick Melrose, and Informer.
Raine made her film debut as Princess Isabel of Gloucester in the 2010 blockbuster film Robin Hood. She later appeared in films like The Woman in Black (2012), Benjamin (2018), and Carmilla (2019).
She also notably appeared in the 2013 biographical television movie An Adventure in Space and Time. She portrayed the role of Verity Lambert, an English television and film producer known for being the first female drama producer at the BBC and the founding producer of the sci-fi television series Doctor Who. Raine was nominated for the ‘Critics’ Choice TV Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries’ in 2014 for her role in the television movie.
In 2019, Raine played Genevieve in the BBC One crime thriller drama series Baptiste. Then, in May 2021, Starz announced Raine was cast in the role of Catherine Parras in the eight-episode drama series Becoming Elizabeth.
Additionally, she will appear in the female lead role as Lucy Chambers in Amazon’s upcoming television series The Devil’s Hour.
Early Bio and Education
Raine was born Jessica Helen Lloyd on 20 May 1982 in England. She grew up on a farm near Eardisley, Herefordshire.
Raine studied drama at the University of West England before taking a gap year to serve as an English teacher in Thailand. After returning to England, she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, from where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in acting in 2008.
Raine is married to her husband, actor Tom Goodman-Hill. The couple first met in 2010 while co-starring in the play Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre and soon started dating each other. The actor left his wife of 20 years, Kerry Bradley, and their two children to start a relationship with Raine.
Raine and Goodman-Hill moved in together in 2013, and the pair ultimately exchanged the wedding vows on 1 September 2015.
Raine became pregnant with her first baby in 2018, but she publicly announced her pregnancy later in January 2019 at a screening for BBC One’s debut drama series Baptiste. She gave birth to her first son the following month. She and her husband Goodman-Hill have been keeping their son’s name private.
While attending the screening of Baptiste and Q&A of the show, she revealed she filmed stunts while pregnant. Raine said she neglected to tell the production team when she took the job.
However, she later broke the news on the set. She and the team then worked out to do stunts safely. She also said that she was “interested most in food on this job” and her shirts got bigger as the series went on.
In an interview with express.co.uk in July 2019, she said she had weird cravings for turkey sandwiches when she was pregnant. She said, “All I wanted to eat was turkey and cranberry with stuffing – basically like a Christmas sandwich. It was odd but it was what I needed.”
She shared her experience about having a baby as “fantastic, joyous, and all the feelings all at once.” She said being pregnant and having a child changes a person and puts many things in perspective.