Jemima Kirke is best known for playing Jessa Johansson on the HBO series Girls, but she’s been up to much more than just that over the years.
Kirke, 31, is a British artist and actress who has been in the spotlight in one way or another for more than a decade. Born in London, she was raised in New York City in an artistic-minded home. Her pops is Simon Kirke, the former drummer of rock bands Bad Company and Free. Her mother, Lorraine Kirke, owns Geminola, a vintage boutique that provided a ton of outfits for Sex and the City. With a background like that, Jemima likely wasn’t heading into finance.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and prioritizes art over acting. However, having grown up with Girls creator Lena Dunham, she found herself accepting a handful of roles as favors to her friends.
She made her debut in the 2005 short film Smile for the Camera and starred in Dunham’s 2010 indie film Tiny Furniture. Kirke has been a regular on Girls since the show debuted in 2012. Aside from that, she can next be seen in the upcoming movie Untogether.
In the meantime, check out the gallery of photos we’ve put together of Jemima Kirke above.