Jessica Martin is a long established versatile leading actress who continues to enjoy an extensive career in theatre, television, radio and cabaret.
She recently played the game-changing role of Dame Shirley Porter in Shirleymander by Greg Evans at the Playground Theatre, London. Her performance was praised by Michael Billington and she was nominated for the Best Female Performance in the Off West End Awards 2018.
‘In Anthony Biggs’s whirlwind production, the role is dynamically performed by Jessica Martin, who gives the impression of a crisply tailored, unstoppable powerhouse.’
Jessica rose to fame as a young impressionist on television in shows such as Copycats and Spitting Image. One of the highlights of her impressionist career was playing Judy Garland on the London Palladium stage for the Royal Variety Show.
Her acting debut was playing the role of Mags, an “alien punk werewolf circus performer” in the Seventh Doctor season of BBC’s Doctor Who. The show and her part in it, have now become cult classics and Jessica has revived the role of Mags as the Doctor’s companion for three new audio dramas with Big Finish Productions.
Jessica is probably best known as a musical theatre leading lady. Her breakthrough came playing Sally Smith opposite Gary Wilmot in Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre for two years followed by a national tour. Since then Jessica has played leading roles in many musicals including Mack and Mabel, South Pacific, The Card, Spamalot and most recently Elf the musical.( see the website for full CV)
In addition to her acting career, Jessica is a critically acclaimed writer and illustrator of graphic novels. Her graphic memoir Life Drawing. A Life Under Lights is published by Unbound, summer 2019.
In September, Jessica will be launching her new cabaret act, A Life Under Lights in London.