Jessica Marais graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia’s most prestigious acting school, in 2007.
Prior to graduation, she secured a role in her first feature film Two Fists One Heart and a leading role in Australia’s Network Seven TV series “Packed To The Rafters,” which has now become Australia’s highest rated family drama series. Her role as ‘Rachel Rafter’ on the hit show earned her two Logie Awards in 2009 for Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent as well as a further three nominations for Most Outstanding Actress and Most Popular Actress. In 2011, Jessica was also nominated for the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.
Jessica has also appeared in the Australian feature Needle and as ‘Mistress Denna’ in the Disney series, “Legend of the Seeker.”
In early 2008, Jessica debuted with the Sydney Theatre Company in the critically acclaimed production of “A Season