Jessica McNamee

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Jessica McNamee
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McNamee in 2012
Born (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 35)
Years active2007–present
Patrick Caruso
(m. 2019)
Relatives Teagan Croft (niece)
Penny McNamee (sister)

Jessica McNamee (born 16 June 1986) is an Australian actress. She rose to fame in Australia playing roles in the Seven Network television programs Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters . From 2014 to 2015, she starred as patrol officer Theresa Kelly in the USA Network series Sirens . Her film roles include The Vow (2012), Chips (2017), The Meg (2018) and Mortal Kombat (2021). In 2017, she portrayed tennis player Margaret Court in Battle of the Sexes .



McNamee secured a role in the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away playing the role of Lisa Duffy. [1] She went on to star as Sammy Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters . [2]

The role of Sammy in Packed to the Rafters left McNamee keen to lose the "good girl" image the role created. In the series production breaks, she decided to take on different roles. [2] She starred in the horror film The Loved Ones ; [3] which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. [4] In mid-2010, she made the short film 50-50.

McNamee went on to secure a role in the 2012 film The Vow . She filmed the project in Toronto alongside Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. She described working on the film as a "surreal experience". [5] In 2013, she returned to Packed to the Rafters for the final season as a special guest star.

From 2014 to 2015, McNamee starred in the USA Network TV series Sirens. She played the role of Theresa Kelly, a Chicago police officer, and was a main character in the show.

McNamee appears in the crime-thriller film Locusts . [6]

She played Lori, the ex-wife of megalodon hunter Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), in the blockbuster The Meg in 2018.

In August 2019, McNamee was cast in Mortal Kombat as Sonya Blade. [7]

Personal life

McNamee was born in Sydney. [8]

In April 2019, she married Patrick Caruso, a property developer. [9]


2007 Home and Away Lisa DuffyGuest role
2007 Hammer Bay Amanda BlakelyTV Movie
2008–2010, 2013 Packed to the Rafters Sammy RafterRegular role 2008–10, Guest 2013; 55 episodes
2010 The Loved Ones Mia
50-50Nelly CameronShort film
2012 The Vow Gwen Thornton
2012ScruplesMaggieTV Movie
2013 White Collar Penny ChaseGuest role
2014 The Time of Our Lives Lisa Montego4 episodes
2014–2015 Sirens Theresa KellyMain role
2017 CHiPs Lindsey Taylor
2017 Battle of the Sexes Margaret Court
2018 The Neighbor Jenna
2018 The Meg Lori
2019 Into the Dark Rachel AdamsEpisode:"I'm Just F*cking with You"
2019 Locusts Izzy
2020 Black Water: Abyss Jennifer
2020–2021From Now
2021 Mortal Kombat Sonya Blade Main role

Charitable work

In February 2010, McNamee became an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation; the foundation focuses on treating and preventing blindness and other vision problems. [10] McNamee represents The Foundation's 'Miracle Club', encouraging supporters to make monthly contributions that will restore sight to people in countries where The Foundation works. [11]

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