Jessica Ransom Biography
Jessica Ransom is a British actress known for her role as medical receptionist Morwenna Newcross in the ITV drama Doc Martin that has aired since 2011-present. She is also a Children’s BAFTA Award winner, received in 2015 for her role as Mary, Queen of Scots in the TV Show ‘Horrible Histories’.
In Sheffield, Ransom studied GCSE Expressive Arts, at High Storrs School and Theatre Studies at A Level. She also went to the University of Birmingham and upon graduating, she did sketch writing and comedy. She has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two pieces: “Million” and “Unsung Heroes”.
For sketch shows appearances, Ransom had a part in The Armstrong and Miller Show between 2009 and 2010 with various side characters. She also appeared in the television improvisation show Fast and Loose, in 2011.
She was in the Sky TV advert with Bruce Willis in 2013, where she was “totally unlimited”. The advertisement was however banned for being misleading, but has since been re-released with more prominent information on the pricing. From 2015 to 2016, she appeared in series 4, 6 and 7 of Horrible Histories.
Her character, Morwenna Newcross, in the ITV drama Doc Martin is known for her mismatched colorful outfits. Ransom wrote an episode of Danger Mouse called “Live and Let Cry”, in 2017. Her stage work includes the 2012 revival of Posh. She also appeared in the D.C Moore play, Straight, at the Sheffield Crucible and then at the Bush Theatre in London in 2012.
In 2014, Ransom voiced the role of the titular character in the second season of Poppy Cat, replacing the original voice actress, Joanna Page.
Jessica Ransom Age
The actress was born on 20th January 1982 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. She is 36 years old as of 2018.
Jessica Ransom Husband
Ransom is married to Ben Wilson, a producer and director. The couple lives in London and have one son, Frank, and lives in London.
Jessica Ransom Movies and TV Shows
- 2004 – 2018: Doc Martin
- 2013: The Escape Artist
- 2007 – 2010: The Armstrong & Miller Show
- 2015 – 2016: Horrible Histories
- 2009 – 2010: The Armstrong and Miller Show
- 2013: Love Matters
- 2014–2015: Poppy Cat
- 2014: Our Zoo
- 2016: Zapped
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How would you describe your style?
Jessica Ransom: Day to day, as practical as possible. With an 18 month old it’s all about clothes that are comfortable and can withstand constant washing. I make an effort when I go out, in something flattering, preferably vintage.
Which colours and shapes suit you best?
Jessica Ransom: I used to wear skinny jeans but since discovering boyfriend chinos and jeans I’ve switched allegiance because they are so comfortable. I’m also a fan of tailored styles and high waists. Black is a fallback but I do like colour, especially green, denim blue and stripes.
What do you think of Morwenna’s style?
Jessica Ransom: It’s bonkers. Even so, I love it.
When else would you get the opportunity to dress up and look ridiculous?
Jessica Ransom: When I go to the make-up and costume departments I know I’m in for the long haul – although this series we’ve ditched her false eyelashes, otherwise I’d never get on set.
What is the most ridiculous costume you’ve ever worn?
Jessica Ransom: I’ve worn some pretty crazy costumes for Horrible Histories. I played Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with a monobrow, but I’ve played pretty much every century. Dressing as a cave woman when you can’t discern what’s an armhole within the bits of fur and your shoes are made from torn-up rags probably tops the list. Again, loads of fun.
Which is your favourite fashion era?
Jessica Ransom: The 30s and 40s – tailored suits, red lips, heels – it was so elegant. I love the 20s as well. When I was little I was obsessed with the film Bugsy Malone. I’ve gone to many a fancy dress party as Tallulah.
What are your favourite high-street brands?
Jessica Ransom: & Other Stories. It’s conveniently placed near where auditions are held, so I’ll often go in and select something gorgeous, promising to treat myself if I get the part. Sometimes, if I don’t get the job, I’ll buy it as commiseration. I also shop online at Asos but sadly I’ve outgrown Topshop. The sizing depresses me.
Do you have a style icon?
Jessica Ransom: I have clothing crushes on various people, even though I wouldn’t suit what they wear. I always think Emma Willis looks good.
How do you keep in shape?
Jessica Ransom: I run marathons and half marathons and I love it. If you run three or five times a week you can pretty much eat what you like. I run in aid of the charity Bloodwise.
Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season?
Jessica Ransom: I hang on to shoes more than clothes. After we filmed this series in Cornwall, I came back to London and did a massive cull.
How many shoes and handbags do you own?
Jessica Ransom: Handbags? I’ve got lots of cheapies but only one posh one – a Marc Jacobs style Ben bought me after my first midwife appointment. The midwife said he needed to buy me a big designer bag to carry my medical notes – and he listened. I’ve got between 30 and 40 pairs of shoes.
What is the best fashion advice you have ever been given?
Jessica Ransom: Keep it simple and don’t coordinate too much.
Is there an old favourite you turn to in a wardrobe crisis?
Jessica Ransom: A pair of cheapo Primark flat, black ankle boots. I wear them a lot.
How much do you spend on clothes each month?
Jessica Ransom: I don’t spend for ages then I’ll have a splurge. It averages out around £100.
What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe? And best bargain?
Jessica Ransom: My gold snakeskin shoes at £300 are the most expensive. I bought them when I appeared in Posh, for the press night, and wore them with a long dress but they were so uncomfortable I stood next to them for the photographs. I love them but I’ll never wear them again – too painful. My J Crew clothes are all bargains.
What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
Jessica Ransom: Two dresses that belonged to my husband’s granny. Fab 50s dresses – very rock’n’roll.
What was your wedding dress like?
Jessica Ransom: A lace, empire-line style with a puddle train by Sassi Holford. I bought it secondhand on a website – there’s something nice about wearing something you know someone else has had an amazing day wearing. Afterwards I sold it, so it ended up only costing me £100.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
Jessica Ransom: Apart from my wedding ring, I wear several bracelets which have sentimental value.
What item of clothing would you save from a burning house?
Jessica Ransom: I’d hate it if my first inclination was to head for my wardrobe. I’d want trainers on so I could run away fast.