Hynes at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Tallulah Jessica Elina Stevenson
(1972-10-30) 30 October 1972
|Other names||Jessica Stevenson|
|Spouse(s)||Adam Hynes (m. 2002)|
Tallulah Jessica Elina Hynes (née Stevenson; born 30 October 1972) is an English actress and writer. Known professionally as Jessica Stevenson until 2007, she was one of the creators, writers and stars of the British sitcom Spaced and has worked as a writer and actress for over two decades.
Hynes has been nominated for a Tony, a Laurence Olivier Award, four BAFTAs (of which she has won one), and three British Comedy Awards (of which she has won two). She is a celebrity ambassador for the charity Action for Children and organised a fundraising concert for Haiti Kids Kino project with her friend and sometime collaborator Julia Davis which raised £4,000 for the charity.
As a teenager Hynes was a member of the National Youth Theatre company, and made her stage début with the company in Lionel Bart‘s Blitz in 1990. In 1992–93 she played a season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. In the same year she appeared in Peter Greenaway‘s 1993 film The Baby of Mâcon, playing the first midwife.
For the first fourteen years of her career, Hynes used her maiden name as a stage name. Early in her career she teamed up with future Spaced co-star Katy Carmichael in a comedy double-act called the Liz Hurleys, appeared in two productions at Sheffield‘s Crucible Theatre, and played parts on television in the nursing drama Staying Alive (1995–97) and short-lived sketch shows Six Pairs of Pants, (Un)natural Acts and Asylum—where the Spaced team (Stevenson, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright) first assembled. She guest starred in the first episode of Midsomer Murders in 1997. From 1998–2000 Hynes played the supporting role of Cheryl in the hit sitcom The Royle Family and reprised the role for special episodes in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
In 1999, she co-wrote and starred in Spaced. Her London theatre début was in April 2002, playing the tough ex-prisoner “Bolla” in Jez Butterworth‘s The Night Heron at the Royal Court. In 2004 she played a minor part as Yvonne in horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, again working with Pegg and Wright. In the same year she was also cast as Magda, friend of the titular character, in the Hollywood sequel Bridget Jones’ Diary 2 also called Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason. In 2005 Hynes took the lead role in the BBC One sitcom According to Bex (which she thought was so bad that she sacked her agent for putting her up for it), and had a starring role in British comedy Confetti alongside Jimmy Carr, Martin Freeman and Mark Heap.
In early 2007, Hynes took a lead role in the film Magicians, starring alongside comic duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Later that year she starred in Learners, a comedy drama television movie which she also wrote, on BBC One in November 2007. She also provided the voice of Mafalda Hopkirk in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Hynes played Joan Redfern in the 2007 Doctor Who episodes “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood“. She then appeared in part two of the story “The End of Time“, playing a character named Verity Newman, who is Joan’s great granddaughter. Hynes has appeared in Big Finish‘s Eighth Doctor audio adventure “Invaders from Mars“, with her Spaced colleague Simon Pegg.
In the same year Hynes appeared in the film Faintheart and in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn‘s The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic. In 2009 she made her Broadway début in the play’s transfer and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.
Hynes appeared as a “right-on” PR person Siobhan Sharpe in the London Olympic centred satire Twenty Twelve, of which the first series screened on BBC Four in 2011, moving to BBC Two in spring 2012. A further series was screened in July 2012. She reprised the role in the 2014 series W1A for which she won a Bafta.
Hynes was in the film Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, in which she plays competition host Angel Matthews. The film was released in November 2012.
In October 2012 she released a duet with singer Anthony Strong of Slim Gaillard‘s “Laughing in Rhythm”. In December 2012 she appeared with co-star Hugh Bonneville in World’s Most Dangerous Roads, travelling through Georgia.
In 2017 it was announced that she would play the role of a medieval knight in the revival series of The Crystal Maze.
In May 2017, Hynes endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election. She said, “The sado masochistic tory binge has left us sore and unloved. We need a sweet socialist injection and post-coital cuddles. Vote Labour. In June, as part of the election campaign, she took part in an election video for the Women’s Equality Party as Siobhan Sharpe.
|1994||The House of Eliott||Charlotte Parker||TV series||Series 3, episode 1|
|1995||Six Pairs of Pants||Various characters||TV series|
|Tears Before Bedtime||Maggie||TV series|
|Crown Prosecutor||Jackie South||TV series|
|1996||Mash and Peas||Various roles||TV series|
|Asylum||Martha & Nurse McFadden||TV series|
|Staying Alive||Alice Timpson||TV series|
|1997||Midsomer Murders||Judith Lessiter||TV series||Episode: “The Killings at Badger’s Drift“|
|Armstrong and Miller||Various roles||TV series||Series 1–2|
|Harry Enfield and Chums||TV series||Episode: “Harry Enfield and His Yule Log Chums”|
|1998||Unnatural Acts||Various roles||TV series||Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5|
|Merry-Go-Round||Alice, the Ayatollah’s Assistant||TV series||Episode 1|
|1998–2010||The Royle Family||Cheryl Carroll||TV series||Episodes: “Bills, Bills, Bills“, “Sunday Afternoon“, “Dad’s Birthday“, “Wedding Day“, “Pregnancy“, “Antony’s Birthday“, “Decorating“, “Funeral“, “The Christening“, “The Queen of Sheba“, “The Golden Egg Cup“, “Joe’s Crackers“|
|1999||People Like Us||Sarah||TV series||Episode: “The Estate Agent”|
|Spaced||Daisy Steiner||TV series||Co-wrote with Simon Pegg|
|2001||Randall & Hopkirk||Felia Siderova||TV series||Episodes: “Mental Apparition Disorder“, “Drop Dead“|
|Bob & Rose||Holly Vance||TV series|
|Comedy Lab||Wife||TV series||Episode: “Knife & Wife”|
|2002||Dick Whittington||The Good Fairy||TV film|
|Black Books||Eva||TV series||Episode: “Hello Sun“|
|2005||According to Bex||Rebecca ‘Bex’ Atwell||TV series|
|2006||Pinochet in Suburbia||Police Guard||TV film|
|The Secret Policeman’s Ball||Mrs. Peacock||Staged show|
|QI||Herself||TV series||Episode: “Domesticity“|
|Agatha Christie’s Marple||Aimee Griffith||TV series||Episode: “The Moving Finger”|
|2007||Doctor Who||Joan Redfern||TV series||Episodes: “Human Nature“, “The Family of Blood“|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks||Herself||TV series||Series 21, episode 1|
|2010||Doctor Who||Verity Newman||TV series||Episode: “The End of Time, Part Two“|
|2010||Lizzie and Sarah||Various roles||TV pilot|
|2011–12||Twenty Twelve||Siobhan Sharpe||TV series||Won RTS Best Comedy Performance award|
|2011||Skins||Crystal||TV series||Episode: “Everyone”|
|The Hour||Jane Kish||TV series||Episode 4|
|2012||One Night||Carol||TV series|
|World’s Most Dangerous Roads||Herself||TV series||Episode 2|
|2013||Blandings||Daphne Littlewood||TV series|
|Up the Women||Margaret||TV series||Writer|
|Crackanory||Stroryteller||TV series||reading “My Former Self” by Holly Walsh|
|2014—||W1A||Siobhan Sharpe||TV series|
|2014||Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled||Herself||TV series||Episode 2|
|2015||Celebrity Squares||Herself||TV series||Series 2, Episode 2|
|2015||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Herself||TV series|
|2016||The Keith Lemon Sketch Show||Manager||TV series||Series 2: “The Cartoon Job Centre” sketch|
|Jack and Dean of All Trades||Marv||Web series|
|Hooten & the Lady||Ella Bond||TV series|
|2017||The Crystal Maze||The Knight||TV series|
|The Baby of Mâcon||The First Midwife|
|2002||Tomorrow La Scala!||Victoria|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Yvonne (Credited Jessica Stevenson)|
|Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Magda|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Miranda|
|Son of Rambow||Mary|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Mafalda Hopkirk (voice)|
|2010||Burke and Hare||Lucky|
|2012||Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger||Angelica Matthews|
|2014||Pudsey: The Movie||Gail|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Mrs Jackson|
|2016||Bridget Jones’s Baby||Magda|
|1999||British Comedy Award for Best Female Comedy Newcomer||Spaced and The Royle Family||Won|
|2001||British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress||Spaced||Won|
|2002||British Academy Television Award for Best Situation Comedy||Spaced||Nominated|
|2002||RTS Television Award for Best Actor – Female||Tomorrow La Scala!||Nominated|
|2003||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress||Tomorrow La Scala!||Nominated|
|2003||Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role||The Night Heron||Nominated|
|2009||Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play||The Norman Conquests||Nominated|
|2012||British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress||Twenty Twelve||Nominated|
|2013||RTS Television Award for Best Comedy Performance||Twenty Twelve||Won|
|2013||British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance||Twenty Twelve||Nominated|
|2015||British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance||W1A||Won|