Jemima Rooper was born on October 24, 1981 in Hammersmith, London. Her mother was an acting trainer and strongly opposed the acting life for her daughter. Jemima pursued her interest despite her mother’s strong objections and eventually an audition with the Children’s Film Unit which trains under-18 would-be actors. Aside from her acting pursuits, Jemima loves animals and enjoys reading, music, singing and dancing.
Jemima Rooper attended Redcliffe Primary School in Chelsea, London and then, at age 12, went to Godolphin and Latymer girls' school. In 1993, she got her first professional role as Vicky in the film The Higher Mortals. Her next role was in the movie Willie’s War, and later rose to fame for her appearance on Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five. Her portrayal of George earned her acclaim and more roles, such as those in Owd Bob in 1997 and Junk in 1999. She later got cast in other television productions, like The Passion, Shockers: Dance and the series Wives and Daughters.
In 2000, Rooper continued her string of television appearances. She was seen as Julie Lyle in Summer in the Suburbs, as Bobbie in The Railway Children, and made an appearance on an episode of Urban Gothic. From 2001 to 2004, she got the role of Nicki Sutton in the British teen series As If. While filming that, she was cast in Love in a Cold Climate, Snapshots, and was seen on Midsomer Murders once. After her role in As If, she rose to fame playing Thelma Bates in the BBC cult show Hex. Her role was that of Cassie’s roommate who secretly harbored a crush on her. In 2005, Rooper was seen in A Sound of Thunder, Kinky Boots, and The Brief. The next year, she got a part in an episode of Sugar Rush and made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia. Her other roles were in Silent Witness, Sinchronicity, and the TV movies Perfect Day: The Millennium, Random Quest and Life Line. In 2008, she appeared in the TV series Lost in Austen, and was also seen on Agatha Christie’s Poirot. She has also worked on stage, appearing in a National Theatre play titled Her Naked Skin.
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