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Jemima Rooper (born 24 October 1981) is an English actress. Having started as a child actress in television series, she has appeared in numerous film and theatre roles.
Born in Hammersmith, London, Rooper is the daughter of TV journalist Alison Rooper. She attended Redcliffe Primary School in Chelsea and the Godolphin and Latymer School. While working on The Famous Five, she passed eight GCSEs with A* and A grades. From there she went to MPW sixth form college where she got three A-grade A levels. Rooper bought her first home at the age of 19.
Rooper expressed a wish to be an actress at the age of nine and contacted an agent. Her first professional roles were in the 1993 film The Higher Mortals and the 1994 film Willie's War. In 1996, she appeared in all episodes as George in Enid Blyton's The Famous Five.
I remember writing "I want to act" on my bed in lipstick. I think I told my mum I wanted to be an actress and she said I needed an agent to do that. I must have said: "Well, I'm going to get one"—and I think that's why. She was devastated. She said: "Please don't be an actress, be a doctor or lawyer." But I was very tunnel-visioned about it all. I'm an only child and I spent a lot of time alone. I played a lot of imaginary games. I just wanted to dress up and be weird, I suppose.
After several small roles in British TV series, Jemima took the role of Nicki Sutton in the popular Channel 4 teenage series As If, which successfully ran for three years. Her next appearance was in the supernatural drama Hex where she played a lovable lesbian ghost named Thelma. Hex aired on Sky One and ran for two series between 2004 and 2005.
Rooper made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia. In 2008 she starred in the TV series Lost in Austen and guest starred in Agatha Christie's Poirot. She also played a lead role in Her Naked Skin, a new play at the National Theatre. In December 2010, Rooper was cast in the musical Me and My Girl at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, alongside Miriam Margolyes. Having been featured in films including The Railway Children, A Sound of Thunder, Kinky Boots, One Chance and The F Word (as the on-screen sister of Daniel Radcliffe's character) since 2003, she has since appeared in numerous guest roles on British series including Father Brown.
|1993||The Higher Mortals||Vicky|
|1996–1997||The Famous Five||George||Series regular|
|1998||Owd Bob||Maggie Moore|
|1998||Animal Ark||Rachel Farmer||1 episode; "Guinea Pig in the Garage"|
|1999||Junk||Gemma Brogan||TV film|
|1999||The Passion||Alice||TV series|
|1999||Shockers: Dance||Anne||TV film|
|1999||Wives and Daughters||Lizzie Goodenough||TV mini-series|
|2000||Summer in the Suburbs||Judie Lyle||TV film|
|2000||The Railway Children||Bobbie||TV film|
|2000||Urban Gothic||Nik||1 episode; "Dead Meat"|
|2001||Love in a Cold Climate||Jassy||TV mini-series|
|2001–2004||As If||Nicki Sutton||Series regular|
|2002||Snapshots||Narma (20 years old)|
|2004||Midsomer Murders||Jo Clifford||Episode: "The Straw Woman"|
|2005||A Sound of Thunder||Jenny Krase|
|2005||The Brief||Mia Ottway||Episode 2.2|
|2004–2005||Hex||Thelma Bates||Series regular|
|2006||Sugar Rush||Montana||Episode 2.5|
|2006||The Black Dahlia||Lorna Mertz|
|2006||Silent Witness||Claire Ashen||2 episodes; "Schism: Part 1", "Schism: Part 2"|
|2006||Perfect Day: The Millennium||Amber||TV film|
|2006||Random Quest||Gerry||TV film|
|2007||Life Line||Catt||TV film|
|2007||The Time of Your Life||Emma||Series regular|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Norma Restarick||Episode: "Third Girl"|
|2008||Lost in Austen||Amanda Price||TV mini-series, 4 episodes|
|2010||Bouquet of Barbed Wire||Sarah Francis||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|2011||Frankenstein's Wedding||Justine Mortiz||Live musical-drama|
|2011||Hotel Caledonia||Casey Wright|
|2013||The F Word||Ellie|
|2018||Death in Paradise||Karen Marston||S7:E1 “Murder From Above“|
|2019||Father Brown||Lilith Crowe||S7:E3 “The Whistle in the Dark“|
|2019||Silent Witness||Amy Marlow||Episode: “Two Spirits” Part 1 & 2|
|2019||Gold Digger||Della Day||TV mini-series, 6 episodes|
- Where Do We Live - Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, May 2002 (playing Lily)
- Us and Them - Hampstead Theatre, June 2003 (playing Izzie)
- A Respectable Wedding (part of The Big Brecht Fest) - Young Vic, April 2007 (playing Bride)
- Her Naked Skin - National Theatre, July 2008 (playing Eve Douglas)
- The Great Game: Afghanistan - Tricycle Theatre, April - June 2009
- The Power of Yes - National Theatre October 2009
- All My Sons - Apollo Theatre, May - October 2010 (playing Ann Deever)
- Me and My Girl - Jan 2011 (playing Sally)
- One Man, Two Guvnors- National Theatre June 2011 (playing Rachel Crabbe)
- Blithe Spirit - Gielgud Theatre, March 2014 (playing Elvira) 
- Breeders by Ben Ockrent - St James Theatre, September 2014
- Blithe Spirit - Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles, December 2014 - January 2015 (playing Elvira)
- Hand to God - Vaudeville Theatre, London, February 2016
- Little Shop of Horrors - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, August - September 2018 (playing Audrey)
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