Jessica Barden

Jessica Barden (born 21 July 1992[1][2]) is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Alyssa in the Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World. She has starred as Sophie in the 2011 film Hanna and as Blake Conway in the 2018 film The New Romantic.

Jessica Barden
Born (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992
Years active1999–present

Early life

Barden was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and moved to Wetherby, West Yorkshire in 1995.[2] She attended Wetherby High School.[2]


Barden's acting debut came in 1999 with a small role in an episode of the television series My Parents Are Aliens.[3][4] She later appeared in episodes of the series No Angels[5][4] and The Chase.[4] In March 2007, she started appearing in the role of Kayleigh Morton on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street,[6][7] continuing until September 2008, when the Morton family left Coronation Street.[8][9] In 2007 Barden made her film debut in the comedy-drama Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution.[10] In 2009 she played the part of Pea in the stage production Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre in London[11][12] before being transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End.[13]

In 2010, Barden appeared in the film Tamara Drewe,[14][15] a dramatisation of the comic strip of the same name. The following year she played the role of Sophie in the film Hanna.[16][17] Between 2012 and 2015 she appeared in the urban horror Comedown,[18][19] costarred in the mystery film In the Dark Half,[20] and had a role in the psychological thriller Mindscape. In 2014, she appeared in the American independent movie Lullaby.[21] In July 2015, Barden played the role of Kit Carmichael in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast.[22] The same year she played the role of Liddy in a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.

In 2016, Barden played the title role in Channel 4's TV movie Ellen[23] and the role of Jasmine in the comedy film Mindhorn. In 2017, she starred in the British horror movie Habit and in the Channel 4/Netflix television series The End of the F***ing World playing Alyssa. In 2018, she played Blake in the film The New Romantic. In October 2019, she appeared in the music video for "Maniac" by Conan Gray.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Mary Ratcliffe
2010 Tamara Drewe Jody Long
2011 Hanna Sophie
2012 Comedown Kelly
2012 In the Dark Half Marie
2013 Mindscape Mousey
2014 Lullaby Meredith
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Liddy
2015 The Lobster Nosebleed Woman
2016 Mindhorn Jasmine
2017 Habit Lee
2018 The New Romantic Blake Conway
2018 Scarborough Beth
2019 Jungleland Sky Post production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 My Parents Are Aliens Girl in school 1 episode
2005 No Angels Lucy 1 episode
2006 The Chase Amy 1 episode
2007–2008 Coronation Street Kayleigh Morton Series regular
2011 Comedy Showcase Barmaid Episode: "Chickens"
2012 Vera Stella Macken Episode: "The Ghost Position"
2013 Coming Up Ruby Episode: "Sammy's War"
2013 Chickens Barmaid/Penny 3 episodes
2015 The Outcast Kit Carmichael 2 episodes
2016 Murder Jess Episode: "The Big Bang"
2016 Penny Dreadful Justine 6 episodes
2016 Ellen Ellen Television film
2017–2019 The End of the F***ing World Alyssa Main role
2019 Lambs of God Sister Carla Main role

Music videos

Year Artist(s) Song
2019 Conan Gray "Maniac"


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  2. "MRS RATCLIFFE'S REVOLUTION". Hoyts Distribution / UK Film Council. 2007. Archived from the original (DOC) on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  3. "Mark Quartley and Jessica Barden to Star in Finborough Theatre's ARMSTRONG'S WAR; Full Cast Announced!". broadwayworld. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. "Jessica Barden CV". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. "Wetherby youngster makes acting debut in TV". Harrogate Advertiser. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  6. "Jessica set to join 'Corrie' cast". Wetherby News. 2 March 2007. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  7. "Brookside's Sinbad joins Street". BBC News. 15 February 2007.
  8. WRIGHT, JADE (6 April 2015). "The Scousers that shone on Coronation Street – looking back at the characters who made their mark in Weatherfield". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. "Coronation Street 50 Years: Who has lived where in Weatherfield". Manchester Evening News. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  10. "Wetherby's young film star". Harrogate Advertiser. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  11. Dorney, Kate (2012). Modern British theatre in 100 plays. London: Methuen Drama. p. 216. ISBN 9781408164808. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  12. "Jerusalem, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, Transfers to the West End". 3 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  13. "Theatre Review: Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre London". 12 February 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  14. Sandhu, Sukhdev (9 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  15. Quinn, Anthony (10 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe (15)". The Independent. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  16. O'Hehir, Andrew (8 April 2011). ""Hanna": A ruthless, arty "Sucker Punch"". Salon. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  17. Travers, Peter (7 April 2011). "Hanna (review)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  18. Baldock, Luke Ryan (8 March 2013). "Comedown DVD Review". The Hollywood News. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  19. Hoare, James (1 March 2013). "COMEDOWN DVD REVIEW". SciFiNow. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  20. GAMBLE, PATRICK (August 2012). "Film Review: 'In the Dark Half'". CineVue. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  21. Grozdanovic, Nikola (10 June 2014). "Review: 'Lullaby'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  22. "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  23. Lazarus, Susanna (1 September 2016). "Ellen: a searing piece of drama with a brutal final punch". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  24. Roth, Madeline. "Conan Gray's 'Maniac' Video Is A 'Night Of The Living Exes' Spookfest". MTV News. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
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