Attaining success as an actor/actress is no easy achievment. For some, they will have to show a long list of highly rated acting works to become a fab favourite, while for others, one or two acting gigs is all they needed to get to the spotlight. Jessica McNamee, an Australian actress, belongs to the later. She gained widespread fame thanks to her role as Sammy Rafters in the Australian family series Packed to the Rafters. She has found her footing in the Australian entertainment industry and as well as in Hollywood.
The actress has appeared in many blockbuster movies, sharing screen time with top stars like Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, and Jason Statham. She has appeared in over 17 films and movies, thus far and coming from a family of actors, Jessica’s acting talent has no doubt earned her some recognitions.
Her First Acting Role
Jessica McNamee’s foray into television began when she got the minor role of Lisa Duffy in Seven Network’s soap opera Home and Away. The series was about the lives and times of the inhabitants of a fictional little town called Summer Bay. Through its long run of 32 seasons, it has had storylines that focused on different families in the town, examining their relationships and how they get through good and bad times. The series holds the record as the second-longest-running series in Australia, coming in after the immensely popular soap opera, Neighbours.
Jessica McNamee landed her television breakthrough on the family series Packed to the Rafters. She was cast in the role of Sammy Rafter, the wife of Nathan Rafter and daughter-in-law of Dave and Julie Rafter, the central characters of the show. The show centred around the Rafters, their ups and downs as well as their bond together as a family against the world. Packed to the Rafters was so well received that it was broadcast in several other countries besides Australia. Jessica McNamee appeared in 55 episodes from 2008 – 2010. She then appeared for a guest role in 2013 special.
In-between that time, the actress also appeared on the ninth season of Australian Dancing with the Stars. She appeared for 10 episodes, brandishing her dancing prowess, and emerged sixth place at the end of the competition.
Other Acting Gigs
Following the end of her role in Packed to the Rafters in 2010, Jessica landed two acting gigs in the same year. She was cast as Mia in The Loved Ones and as Nelly Cameron in the short movie, 50-50. She further landed a guest role in the series, White Collar (2013) after gaining popularity for her roles in the 2012 film, The Vow. She also appeared as Lisa Montego in four episodes of The Time of Our Lived in 2014.
After featuring in Sirens from 2014-2015, Jessica McNamee scored the role of Lindsay Taylor in the buddy cop action comedy film, CHiPs in 2017. More so, she portrayed Jenna in the 2017 thriller film, The Neighbor and equally appeared in one episode of Into the Dark as Rachel Adams in the year 2019. So far, Jessica has accrued more than 17 acting credits under her belt and surely has more years ahead to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in the film industry.
Jessica’s Best Recognised Works
McNamee garnered huge fame in the local and international level in 2012 when she sensationally portrayed Rachel McAdam’s sister Gwen Thornton in the romantic drama film, The Vow. Later in 2014, the actress had a rise in her career as she was cast in the main role in the comedy TV series, Sirens, playing the role of patrol officer Theresa Kelly from 2014-15. The series was premiered in the USA Cable television in March 2014 but after two seasons, it was cancelled by the network in April 2015.
Two years later, Jessica played one of her most memorable characters, tennis player Margaret Court in the biographical sports film, Battle of Sexes. Despite gaining positive reviews, the movie was a box office failure as it grossed $18.6 million on a production budget of $25 million. She then moved on to portray the ex-wife of Jonas Taylor (played by Jason Statham) in the commercially successful film, The Meg in 2018.
Afterwards, Jessica McNamee gained her first career award nomination – Austin Revolution Film Festival Jury Award nod for her performance in the 2019 independent feature film, Locusts where she scored the role of Izzy. The actress still has some acting projects in the pipeline as she is among the cast of the upcoming movies, Black Water Abyss (2020) and Mortal Kombat (2021).
Has Her Acting Career paid Off?
With the roles she has been cast in, and her performance in each, Jessica McNamee has been able to prove herself a formidable actress. She has so far starred in some blockbuster movies and hit series, as well. As a result, she has amassed a net worth estimated at $1.5 million.
Facts About Her Family and Marital Relationship
Jessica McNamee is known to have dated Sean O’Pry in the past. Although both never confirmed the relationship, they were spotted attending several social events together. The two reportedly met through mutual friends in 2014 and shortly after, they began dating. While together, the pair enjoyed each other’s company. Even though many wished for the cute couple to seal their love in a marital union, they got separated after dating for a few years, with the reason for the split still unknown.
Jessica’s ex-boyfriend is an American model who has modelled for fashion brands like H&M Magazine, Calvin Klien, Lacoste, Giorgio Armani, DKNY, Diesel, and Armani Jeans. In the year 2008, he was on Forbes’ list of most successful male models in the world. He also made the 2015 Vogue’s list of Top Ten Male Models of All Time.
The Brunette Beauty Tied the Knots in 2019
In April 2019, the gorgeous actress walked down the aisle with her Australian beau, Patrick Caruso who works as a property developer. They exchanged marital vows in the presence of their family and friends at the Adamson House Museum in Malibu, California and had a beachside wedding ceremony.
It’s quite unknown when the couple began dating as they kept their love affair under wraps. They reside in the United States as her husband recently moved to the country.
Meet Jessica McNamee’s Other Family Members who also Act
The actress was born on the 17th of June, 1986 in Sydney, Australia. She grew up alongside her two sisters, Penny and Rebecca McNamee, and a younger brother. They were all raised by parents Peter and Helen McNamee. Jessica McNamee’s elder sister, Penny, is also a well-established Australian actress who has set herself up nicely in both the American and Australian entertainment industries. Her famous film appearances are in the movies See No Evil and the HBO series, The Pacific. Apparently, acting runs in the family. Jessica is also the aunt of Teagan Croft, another Australian actress who is currently starring as Raven in the DC Comics web TV series Titans.
McNamee’s interest in the entertainment industry cropped up at a rather young age. She attended Loreto Normanhurst high school located in Normanhurst, New South Wales, Australia. During this time, she appeared in several plays and dramas in her school. After high school, she went on to study and complete her tertiary education at the University of Sydney, Australia.