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      Jessica McNamee

      Jessica McNamee

      Highest Rated: 98% The Loved Ones (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 19% CHIPS (2017)

      Birthday: Jun 17, 1986

      Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Australian actress Jessica McNamee made the often difficult leap from television performer in her native country to film star in America on the strength of turns in such high-profile projects as "CHiPs" (2017) and "Battle of the Sexes" (2017). Born February 21, 1986 in Sydney, Australia, she was one of five children, including her older sister, Penny McNamee, who also became a stage and television actress in both their native country and the United States. McNamee made her television debut with a turn as a brief romantic partner for series regular Bobby Morley on the Australian soap opera "Home and Away" (Seven Network, 1988- ) in 2007 before assuming the role of the sweet-natured Sammy Rafter on the long-running comedy-drama "Packed to the Rafters" (Seven Network, 2008-2013). Sensing that she could become pigeonholed by such roles, she departed the series in 2010 and pursued projects that allowed her work outside of the scope of her TV personas, including a Goth-minded sister to a murder victim in the indie horror thriller "The Loved Ones" (2010) and a turn as contestant on the ninth season of the Australian edition of "Dancing with the Stars" (Seven Network, 2004-2015). In 2012, McNamee made her American feature debut as the younger sister of amnesia sufferer Rachel McAdams in "The Vow," which led to guest roles on Stateside television series and series regular duty on the short-lived comedy show "Sirens" (USA Network, 2014-15) for producer Denis Leary. 2017 proved to be McNamee's breakout year in the United States, thanks to a starring role as a tough Highway Patrol officer in Dax Shepard's big-screen spoof of "CHiPS" and as Margaret Court, a real-life Australian tennis champ and outspoken opponent of gay rights in "Battle of the Sexes."

      Highest rated movies

      The Loved Ones
      Battle of the Sexes Mortal Kombat
      Locusts
      The Meg Black Water: Abyss
      The Vow
      The Visitor

      Photos

      Jessica McNamee Jessica McNamee in attendance for The 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Palisades Village Center, Pacific Palisades, CA October 6, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jessica McNamee at arrivals for THE MEG Premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA August 6, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jessica McNamee at arrivals for BATTLE OF THE SEXES Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA September 16, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jessica McNamee at arrivals for BATTLE OF THE SEXES Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2017, Ryerson Theatre, Toronto, ON September 10, 2017. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Jessica McNamee at arrivals for CHiPS Premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA March 20, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jessica McNamee at arrivals for THE VOW Premiere, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 6, 2012. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection THE LOVED ONES, Jessica McNamee (black dress), 2009. ©Madman Entertainment THE LOVED ONES, from left: Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, Xavier Samuel, 2009. ©Madman Entertainment CHIPS, RYAN HANSEN (LEFT), JESS ROWLAND (LEFT, TALLEST), JESSICA MCNAMEE (THIRD FROM LEFT), DAX SHEPARD (LEFT OF CENTER), ROSA SALAZAR (BACK, CENTER), MICHAEL PENA (FRONT, RIGHT OF CENTER), 2017. PH: PETER IOVINO/© WARNER BROS. THE MEG, FRONT, FROM LEFT: CLIFF CURTIS, JASON STATHAM, DIRECTOR JON TURTELTAUB, RUBY ROSE, SHUYA SOPHIA CAI, JESSICA MCNAMEE, ON SET, 2018. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© WARNER BROS. CHIPS, FROM LEFT: ROSA SALAZAR, JESSICA MCNAMEE, JESS ROWLAND, 2017. PH: PETER IOVINO/© WARNER BROS. THE MEG, FROM LEFT: CLIFF CURTIS, JASON STATHAM, RUBY ROSE, LI BINGBING, JESSICA MCNAMEE, PAGE KENNEDY, SHUYA SOPHIA CAI, 2018. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© WARNER BROS. BATTLE OF THE SEXES, FROM LEFT, FRONT, JESSICA MCNAMEE, STEVE CARELL, 2017. PH: MELINDA SUE GORDON. TM & COPYRIGHT ©FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Sirens, Jessica McNamee, 'Alcohol Related Injury', Season 1, Ep. #5, 03/27/2014, ©USA Sirens, Jessica McNamee (L), Michael Mosley (R), 'Rachel McAdams Topless', Season 1, Ep. #3, 03/13/2014, ©USA Sirens, Kevin Bigley (L), Jessica McNamee (R), 'Shotgun Wedding', Season 1, Ep. #10, 05/01/2014, ©USA Sirens, Jessica McNamee, 'Shotgun Wedding', Season 1, Ep. #10, 05/01/2014, ©USA Sirens, Jessica McNamee, 'Shotgun Wedding', Season 1, Ep. #10, 05/01/2014, ©USA Sirens, Jessica McNamee (L), Kevin Bigley (C), Bill Nunn (R), 'Shotgun Wedding', Season 1, Ep. #10, 05/01/2014, ©USA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      19% 18% The Visitor Maia (Character) - 2022
      55% 86% Mortal Kombat Sonya Blade (Character) $42.2M 2021
      42% 23% Black Water: Abyss Jennifer (Character) - 2020
      50% 83% Locusts Izzy (Character) - 2019
      47% 44% The Meg Lori (Character) $142.8M 2018
      No Score Yet 32% The Neighbor Jenna (Character) - 2017
      84% 71% Battle of the Sexes Margaret Court (Character) $12.6M 2017
      19% 45% CHIPS Lindsey Taylor (Character) $18.6M 2017
      32% 63% The Vow Gwen (Character) $125.0M 2012
      98% 73% The Loved Ones Mia (Character) - 2009

      TV

      Credit
      56% No Score Yet Sirens Theresa (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Packed to the Rafters Unknown (Character) 2008-2013
      96% 92% White Collar Unknown (Guest Star) 2013