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Jessica Ransom is a British actress, best known for her role as medical receptionist Morwenna Newcross in the ITV drama Doc Martin (2011–present).[1] She won a Children's BAFTA Award in 2015.

Jessica Ransom
Jessica Ransom

EducationHigh Storrs School
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
Years active2009–present


Early life and educationEdit

Ransom was born 20 January 1982 in Sheffield, England.[1] She studied GCSE in Expressive Arts and A Level Theatre Studies at High Storrs School in Sheffield.


After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Ransom did sketch writing and comedy. She appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two pieces: "Million" and "Unsung Heroes."[2][3] From 2009 to 2010, she appeared in various side characters in the sketch show The Armstrong and Miller Show. Thereafter, she appeared in the television improvisation show Fast and Loose in 2011[4] and that year also appeared as Morwenna Newcross, Doc Martin's medical receptionist (known for her mismatched colourful outfits)[5] in the ITV drama Doc Martin, Ransom remaining a cast member playing that character to the present day.[6]

In the meantime, Ransom performed in other productions. Ransom took the stage, including work in the 2012 revival of Posh.[7] Also that year, Ransom appeared in the D.C Moore play, Straight, at the Sheffield Crucible and then at the Bush Theatre in London.[8] In 2014, Ransom voiced the role of the titular character in the second season of Poppy Cat, replacing the original voice actress, Joanna Page. She appeared in the Sky TV advertisement with Bruce Willis where she was "totally unlimited" (the advertisement was banned in 2013 for being misleading, but has been re-released with more prominent information on the pricing)[9] and appeared in series 4 of Horrible Histories (2009 TV series) and series 6 and 7 of Horrible Histories (2015 TV series) winning the 2015 Children’s BAFTA Award for her role as Mary, Queen of Scots.[10][11] Ransom also wrote an episode of Danger Mouse in 2017 called "Live and Let Cry."[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Ransom lives in London. She is married to producer and director Ben Wilson and they have a son.[5]

Ransom has run the London Marathon four times, in 2012 for Mencap, in 2014 for Age Uk and in 2015 and 2017 for Bloodwise.[13][14]


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 The Armstrong and Miller Show Various Characters
2011 Fast and Loose Herself
2011–present Doc Martin Morwenna Newcross
2011–2013 Horrible Histories (2009 TV series) Various characters
2013 Love Matters Emily Episode: "30 & Counting"
2013 The Escape Artist Helen
2014 Our Zoo Mrs. Polly Ford
2014–2015 Poppy Cat Poppy Cat Series 2, Voice only (replacing Joanna Page)
2015– Horrible Histories (2015 TV series) Various characters
2016 Zapped Jess

She also narrates Rich Kids Go Skint for 5Star.


  1. ^ a b "Interview – Jessica Ransom and the scene within a scene". London Is Funny. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Jessica Ransom Interview". Doc Martin Online.
  3. ^ Williams, Ben (22 July 2010). "Ten Big Questions… Jessica Ransom - Comedy". Time Out London.
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (18 August 2011). "Jessica Ransom: Unsung Heroes, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh". The Independent.
  5. ^ a b Welch, Tricia (24 September 2017). "Doc Martin actress Jessica Ransom on fashion secrets and wardrobe crisis". Daily Express.
  6. ^ Reilly, Elaine (3 September 2015). "Revealed: Love is in the Portwenn air in the new series of Doc Martin (Video)" (Includes video interview). What's on TV. Time Inc. UK.
  7. ^ McNulty, Bernadette (16 April 2012). "A constellation of future stars". The Daily Telegraph.
  8. ^ Gardner, Lyn (28 November 2012). "Straight – review". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "Bruce Willis Sky advert banned". BBC News. 14 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Children's Performer in 2015 Winner: Jessica Ransom Horrible Histories". British Academy Children's Awards. 2015.
  11. ^ "Ben Miller and Jessica Ransom explain secret to success of Horrible Histories at Bafta Children's Awards". Daily Echo. 22 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Live and Let Cry, Series 2, Danger Mouse - Credits". BBC. 2017.
  13. ^ Martin, Lara (23 April 2017). "Keep an eye out for these celebrities running the London Marathon". Daily Mirror.
  14. ^ "TV preview: Doc Martin". Yorkshire Evening Post. 14 September 2017.

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