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Overview (2)

Born in Killarney, Ireland
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jessie Buckley is an Irish singer and actress, who came in second place in the BBC talent show-themed television series I'd Do Anything, and subsequently played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Most recently, Buckley played Lyudmilla Ignatenko in the HBO drama miniseries, Chernobyl. She also appeared on three BBC television series, as Marya Bolkonskaya in BBC's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, as Lorna Bow in Taboo and as Honor Martin in The Last Post.

Buckley was born in Killarney, County Kerry, the eldest of five children. Her mother, Marina Cassidy, encouraged her to sing and coached her. She has a brother and three sisters. Buckley went to Ursuline Secondary School, an all-girls convent school in Thurles, County Tipperary, where her mother works as a vocal coach and where she performed in school productions. She played a number of male roles at school, including the male lead role of Jets gang founder Tony in the musical West Side Story and Freddie Trumper in Chess.

She has achieved Grade eight in piano, clarinet and harp with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is also a member of the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra. Buckley also attended The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) workshops during the summer, to help improve her singing and acting; it was where she was then recognized as a talented actress and was encouraged to apply for Drama School in London. Just before she auditioned for I'd Do Anything, she was turned down by two drama schools, including one the day before her first audition for the show. In 2008, Buckley won the AIMS Best Actress award for her portrayal of Julie Jordan in the Killarney Musical Society production of Carousel.

Buckley competed in I'd Do Anything, a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a London West End stage revival of the British musical Oliver. Buckley reached the final on 31 May 2008, finishing in second place behind Jodie Prenger. Before the final vote was announced in Show two of the final, Graham Norton asked the panel who they each thought was Nancy. Three of the panel said Buckley and two Prenger. John Barrowman and Denise van Outen said "Jodie", while Barry Humphries, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber said "Jessie". However, the public voted for Jodie.

Buckley performed at the Andrew Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park show in Hyde Park, London on 14 September 2008, singing "I Don't Know How To Love Him" as a solo and "Light at the End of the Tunnel" from Starlight Express with fellow I'd Do Anything finalists Keisha Amponsa-Banson, Niamh Perry, Rachel Tucker as well as Any Dream Will Do finalists Daniel Boys, Lewis Bradley, Ben James-Ellis and Keith Jack. On 18 September she and Aoife Mulholland performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at an Andrew Lloyd Webber evening at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. On 26 August 2008 Buckley performed on Denny Street in Tralee, Co. Kerry where the first ever Millionaire raffle was broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1. After this, Jessie performed at a charity concert in Tipperary, where she announced that she would be starting rehearsals for A Little Night Music in London the following Monday.

Buckley was offered the opportunity to understudy Nancy, but turned it down in favour of another production: on 10 October 2008 it was announced that Buckley would be appearing in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music, in the role of Anne Egerman, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a fringe Studio Theatre, in London from 22 November 2008 to 8 March 2009. She appeared alongside Maureen Lipman and Hannah Waddingham in the production, which was directed by Trevor Nunn. A Little Night Music transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End on 7 April 2009 (previews from 28 March - 6 April). A Little Night Music was Buckley's West End debut. The show closed on 25 July 2009. Since then, she has appeared in a number of concerts nationally, including a Christmas concert alongside Maria Friedman, Cantabile - the London Quartet and Tim Rice, and in February 2010 appeared alongside Daniel Boys (and Night Music co-star Kelly Price) in a series of Valentine musical concerts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Family (2)

Children None
Parents Cassidy, Marina
Marina Cassidy
Tim Buckley

Trivia (3)

After coming second in the 'I'd Do Anything' search for Nancy, she was offered the alternate role of Nancy (having been Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh's favorite to win the competition), but she turned it down, deciding instead to appear in an Off-West End production of 'A Little Night Music', which eventually transferred to the Garrick Theatre (and subsequently to Broadway, with a different cast).
In the 2013 summer season at Shakespeare's Globe she played Miranda in The Tempest, and singer Arabella Hunt and Kate in Samuel Adamson's Gabriel.
Buckley graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in January 2013.

Personal Quotes (65)

Inherently in us as Irish people, wherever you are in the world, when you hear an Irish accent, it's like a moth to a flame. There's a real personable pride and camaraderie about being Irish.
Ideally, when you play a character, she goes away with half of you, and you go away with half of her. And you learn something.
I really value my anonymity and privacy.
We limit ourselves. We're told to act and behave in certain way from birth.
I get huge solace from chaos, especially if someone else is doing it, too, like, 'Thank God it's not just me!'
I did it all, singing, the harp, piano. But I was so shy, I'd wake up at six to practice piano because I didn't want anyone to hear me play. But then I'd do a big show in school where everyone would see me, and that was actually alright.
Some songs just resonate with you.
I feel really lucky to have had 'War and Peace' as my first big telly job. I was playing this incredible character, and we were shooting in Catherine the Great's palace near St. Petersburg in the winter, when the river was frozen. It was a dream. I still can't believe it. I wanted to soak up every last minute.
I had to be an adult very quickly and didn't have any friends.
We all have dark shadows in our self that come out every now and then.
It's easy to sort of put a sheen across humanity if you're making a film for people who want to escape their own problems. But sometimes a movie can, in the most cathartic ways, expose those problems.
I started doing musicals, but the acting bug bit when I did a four-week Shakespeare workshop.
When you're surrounded by brilliant actors, and teachers who challenge you to go beyond what you thought you were capable of, that's got to be good for you.
When I was younger, about 15, I suffered badly from depression.
We all have the ability to be dangerous and do things which are morally wrong.
Always good to shake it up and do something different.
With regards to pressure, you can't be too conscious of it.
I absolutely adore singing, and I hope I'll always be able to sing, but you can grow more and challenge yourself more as an actor.
I like to play kind of the girls-that-eat-worms kind of character.
I just want to keep working with great actors and try to be good at what I do.
When you get the opportunity to work with somebody like Jude Law, there is a fear. They've got lots of stuff under their belt.
I just know that making 'Beast' was an amazing experience. It was my first feature, it was the director's first feature, and every day, you're just trying to do good work and learn.
Language is so important to the Irish, almost regardless of education.
I love the flaws and foibles of people - I'm much more interested in that than perfections.
I moved away when I was 17. It's been a mad journey, but I've met and made some incredible friends.
I am incredibly lucky. I worked hard for my luck as well. I have made choices to do things because I wanted them to do them, not because they were the right thing to do.
I think Wilkie Collins was a man ahead of his time, asking really important questions but also telling a really good and thrilling story.
I think I'd make a good James Bond... I'm joking.
I remember hearing that when Judi Dench was starting out at the Old Vic, she used to stand by the side of the stage watching the actors around her, and I can see why: That is where you really learn!
I've been incredibly fortunate to have so many people believe in me.
Strength, to me, is about exposing vulnerabilities and foibles and facts and people that are honest.
I'm quite glad about having a few craggy edges to myself.
Filming a story set in a war zone in the '60s was such a treat, as it gave me so much scope to dive into.
We have beastly qualities within us. If we're put into certain circumstances, and the walls around us come in tighter and tighter, we all could maybe do dangerous things.
I like to be out of my depth - that's when I learn the most.
Christmas in the Buckley household is hilarious - at the family dinner, we all have to do a song, no matter if you can sing in tune.
I love London, but I miss air; I miss space. My dream is to find a mountain where I can live.
At the end of the day, whether it's on film or on stage or for a crowd of however many at Kenwood House, my job is to make sure people have a good time and come away with a feeling and a story.
Tom Hardy is such a good egg. He's a total teddy bear. He loves his dogs and his kids. He's a true artist. But he's a lovely, naughty, funny man.
I did 'I'd Do Anything,' and then a play and then 'A Little Light Music.' I played jazz in a night club where nobody listened to me for two years. I sold cereal in a market for a while. I worked in a clothes shop in Brixton. But that's the life of an actor. You never really know when your next job is coming.
Sure, nobody ever recognises me. I'm always scurrying around London under a hat and looking like a homeless person.
I can't help who I fall in love with.
The people who are inspiring and strong for me are the ones who acknowledge vulnerabilities.
It is a little weird seeing photographs from parties where you didn't even know a photographer was there.
I'd had to grow up pretty quickly, and going back to drama school gave me a chance to be with people my own age and do normal things, like going to a pub on a Friday night and just hanging out.
I like feeling like I could probably fail, because it makes me find a part of myself that I didn't really know: an inner fighter in me.
We've all, you know, done things that we think at the time were bad, but actually, in hindsight, you look back and go, 'I'm really grateful that happened because I'm a stronger person.'
Whatever has happened in your past, it's - you can never deny it. I mean, you can never wash what's happened before in your life out of you.
You can play women who have a face on or who zip something up, but you have to dig deeper to actually find the humanity and real aspects.
I get asked a lot about being a woman within the industry and how difficult it is, and yeah, it is - but it's difficult for everybody... I'm not a 'burn-your-bra' feminist.
If anything, there is something quite musical in Shakespeare's heightened use of language and the way he shapes his speech.
Dad would always play Ray Charles in the car on the way to swimming, then we'd sing musicals. Now my heroes are Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt and Max Richter.
I never choose jobs because of what I think I should do. I want to feel something. And with 'Beast,' it was very much like that.
It's ridiculous that Claire Foy got paid less than Matt Smith on 'The Crown.' That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
The things people are ashamed of come through in whatever their outerwear is. I suppose I am always looking for that, even if it's somebody who, on the outside, seems to be perfect.
I like feeling out of my depth.
Because I've got younger sisters, I want to impart on them the possibility of being a strong woman in whatever role I choose.
I don't like to get too complacent. I like to give myself five panic attacks per project.
I want film stories to provoke a question in people about what's going on emotionally around them and empower them in some way or ask them about themselves.
To hold on to what you believe is just and right.
The archetype of male hero is so boring. And the pretty, boobed woman is so... boring.
My mum is a singer and harpist, and my dad writes fantastic poetry, so we've grown up around a lot of words and music.
Sometimes you meet characters at certain points in your life and have a connection with them.
'War and Peace' is about relationships: family relationships, loving relationships, relationships at war... it's a really young story as well.
There have been moments in my life when I've become numb to certain aspects of myself that I found frightening. Or I've conformed to certain morals of society and then maybe rebelled or found a way out.

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