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Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais was born January 29 1985.

She is a South African-born Australian actress who hails from Perth, Western Australia. 

Marais and her family have spent some time in Canada and New Zealand before relocating to Perth when she was nine.

Jessica attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art where she graduated in 2007. NIDA appearances included Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Charity in Sweet Charity. While still completing her final year she won the role in Packed to the Rafters.

Jessica has recently guest starred in an episode of the new American series Legend of the Seeker (filmed in Auckland) playing the role of Denna. She has since filmed two more episodes.

On Sunday May 3, 2009, Marais won the Silver Logie for "Most Popular New Female Talent" and the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for "Most Outstanding New Talent" at the Logie Awards of 2009 for her performance in new TV ONE Drama Packed to the Rafters.