Jessica Tovey

Jessica Tovey (born 10 November 1987[1]) is an Australian actress. Tovey graduated from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and has made appearances for various drama companies. She is best known for her role of Belle Taylor on the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away. Tovey joined the show in 2006 and was nominated for two Logie Awards during her time there. In 2009, she announced she had quit Home and Away and her character was killed off. Tovey became the face of American shoe company, Skechers. She appeared in Underbelly: The Golden Mile in 2010 and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo in 2011.

Jessica Tovey
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Born (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 33)
Years active2005–present
Parent(s)Libby Gleeson
Euan Tovey


Born in Sydney,[1] Tovey graduated from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where she appeared in a number of stage productions.[1] She has played leading roles at Australian Theatre for Young People, drama festivals and in The Global Shakespeare Festival, where she won acclaim for her performance in Macbeth.[1] In 2005, she joined the cast of children's program Wicked Science, as Nadine.[1]

After completing her schooling, Tovey joined the cast of Home and Away in 2006 as Belle Taylor.[2] For her portrayal of the character, Tovey was nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent and Most Popular Actress at the 2007 and 2010 Logie Awards respectively.[3][4] In April 2009, Tovey announced that she had quit Home and Away and her character was killed off.[5][6]

In 2008, American shoe company, Skechers announced that Tovey would be their new celebrity face.[7] Tovey became the first non-American to feature in the brand's ad campaigns.[7] Tovey joined the cast of Underbelly: The Golden Mile in April 2010, appearing as Constable Wendy Jones.[8] In August, it was announced she had joined the cast of Panic at Rock Island, a Nine Network telemovie drama.[9] Tovey also made a guest appearance on police drama Cops L.A.C..[10] She appeared in the 2011 ABC television miniseries Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo as Leslie Carpenter.[11] Tovey was cast as Dani Varvaris in the romantic-comedy drama Wonderland.[12]

On stage, Tovey played in the world premiere of Lachlan Philpott's play Truck Stop for Sydney's Q Theatre Company in 2012.[13] Further stage credits include Lola in a stage adaptation by Tom Holloway of Double Indemnity for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2016,[14] a touring production of Constellations by Nick Payne for the Queensland Theatre Company in 2017,[15] and Portia in Bell Shakespeare's touring production of The Merchant of Venice the same year.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Tovey is the daughter of author Libby Gleeson and Euan Tovey, a New Zealand research scientist.[17] She has two older sisters, Amelia and Josephine.[17] Her sister Josephine is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald and is currently based in New York.[18]


Tovey in 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Smile for Me Simone
2010 Wanderlust Eva
2010 Professor Kellog and the Colombian Bookshop Crack Adventure Katy
2010 Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story Laura Korp
2011 Panic at Rock Island Nina Quinn Television movie
2011 Reception Actress Short film
2013 The Two Mothers (aka Adoration) Mary
2014 Lemon Tree Passage Maya
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Wicked Science Nadine Sterling Episode: "Ghost Girl"
2006–09 Home and Away Belle Taylor Regular role; Seasons 19–22
2010 Underbelly: The Golden Mile Wendy Jones
2010 Cops L.A.C. Tash Episode: "Blood Types"
2011 Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo Leslie Carpenter
2012 Dance Academy Jess
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Claire Rickard-Smith Episode: "A Flare for Murder"
2013–15 Wonderland Dani Varvaris Main role
2016–17 Wolf Creek Kirsty Hill


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cast – Jessica Tovey". RTÉ Television. RTÉ. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  2. ^ Bennett, Cath (5 April 2009). "Home when away". The Dominion Post. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Logie Award nominations". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  4. ^ "2010 Logie Awards: Full list of winners". Perth Now. News Limited. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  5. ^ Rowe, Darren (17 August 2009). "Tovey reveals reason behind 'H&A' exit". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  6. ^ Rowe, Darren (11 May 2009). "Tovey films final 'Home and Away' scenes". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Skechers' new face". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  8. ^ McWhirter, Erin (2 April 2010). "Meet the women of Underbelly, The Golden Mile". The Advertiser. News Limited. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  9. ^ Knox, David (9 August 2010). "Panic at Rock Island cast announced". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  10. ^ Vickery, Colin (17 September 2010). "Honeymoon period over for Cops LAC after ratings dive". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Paper Giants: the story of Cleo". The Australian. News Limited. 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  12. ^ Nauman, Zoe (28 April 2013). "Brooke back as Wonder woman". Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Truck Stop stars Eryn Jean Norvill, Jessica Tovey, Kristy Best and Elena Carapetis" by Melissa Matheson, The Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2012
  14. ^ "Theatre review: Double Indemnity, Melbourne Theatre Company", Herald Sun, 6 June 2016
  15. ^ Constellations review by Sonny Clarke,, 10 April 2017
  16. ^ "Bell Shakespeare's new Merchant of Venice calls out casual racism" by Elissa Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2017
  17. ^ a b "Papers of Libby Gleeson (1950– )". National Library of Australia. July 1998. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  18. ^ "National News Headlines – Latest Australian Breaking News". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2017.

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