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Jessica Barden
Born (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 31)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Max Winkler
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Jessica Barden (born 21 July 1992) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Alyssa in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series The End of the F***ing World (2017–2019). She has also made appearances in films including Hanna (2011), The Lobster (2015), The New Romantic (2018) and Pink Skies Ahead (2020).

Early life

Barden was born on 21 July 1992 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. When she was three, she moved with her parents to Wetherby, West Yorkshire. She attended Wetherby High School.


Barden's acting debut came in 1999 with a small role in an episode of the television series My Parents Are Aliens. She later appeared in episodes of the series No Angels and The Chase. In March 2007, she started appearing in the role of Kayleigh Morton on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, continuing until September 2008, when the Morton family left Coronation Street. In 2007 Barden made her film debut in the comedy-drama Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution. In 2009 she played the part of Pea in the stage production Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre in London before being transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

In 2010, Barden appeared in the film Tamara Drewe, a dramatisation of the comic strip of the same name. The following year she played the role of Sophie in the film Hanna. Between 2012 and 2015 she appeared in the urban horror Comedown, costarred in the mystery film In the Dark Half, and had a role in the psychological thriller Mindscape. In 2014, she appeared in the American independent movie Lullaby. In July 2015, Barden played the role of Kit Carmichael in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast. The same year she played the role of Liddy in a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.

In 2016, Barden played the title role in Channel 4's TV movie Ellen and the role of Jasmine in the comedy film Mindhorn. In 2017, she starred in the British horror movie Habit and in the Channel 4/Netflix television series The End of the F***ing World playing Alyssa. In 2018, she played Blake in the film The New Romantic. In October 2019, she appeared in the music video for "Maniac" by Conan Gray.

In January 2021, it was announced that Barden was cast as Jane in the upcoming Netflix thriller series Pieces of Her, which is adapted from the Karin Slaughter novel of the same name.

Personal life

On 19 October 2021, Barden announced that she had given birth to her first child, later revealing on Instagram that it was a girl. Her husband and the father of her child is filmmaker Max Winkler. She has converted to Judaism and resides in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Mary Ratcliffe
2010 Tamara Drewe Jody Long
2011 Hanna Sophie
2012 Comedown Kelly
2012 In the Dark Half Marie
2013 Mindscape Mousey
2014 Lullaby Meredith
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Liddy
2015 The Lobster Nosebleed Woman
2016 Mindhorn Jasmine
2017 Habit Lee
2018 The New Romantic Blake Conway
2018 Scarborough Beth
2019 Jungleland Sky
2020 Holler Ruth
2020 Pink Skies Ahead Winona
2022 Hearts of Stone Agatha


Year Title Role Notes
1999 My Parents Are Aliens Girl in School Episode: "The Date"
2005 No Angels Lucy Episode #2.3
2006 The Chase Amy Episode #1.2
2007–2008 Coronation Street Kayleigh Morton Series regular
2011 Comedy Showcase Barmaid Episode: "Chickens"
2012 Vera Stella Macken Episode: "The Ghost Position"
2013 Coming Up Ruby Episode: "Sammy's War"
2013 Chickens Barmaid / Penny 3 episodes
2015 The Outcast Kit Carmichael 2 episodes
2016 Murder Jess Episode: "The Big Bang"
2016 Ellen Ellen Television film
2016 Penny Dreadful Justine 6 episodes
2017–2019 The End of the F***ing World Alyssa Main role
2019 Lambs of God Sister Carla 4 episodes
2020 Better Things Herself 2 episodes
2021 Robot Chicken Rey, Additional characters (voices) 4 episodes
2022 Pieces of Her Jane Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2021 SteelHeads Joleen Main role

Music videos

Year Artist Song
2019 Conan Gray "Maniac"
2019 Ozzy Osbourne "Under the Graveyard"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 London Critics' Circle Film Awards Young British Performer of the Year Tamara Drewe Nominated
2018 IMDb Awards Breakout Stars Award The End of the F***ing World, Scarborough, The New Romantic Won
2019 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actress Scarborough Nominated

See also

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