Jessica Gunning


Jessica Gunning is an English television and theatre actress. She was educated at Holmfirth High School near Huddersfield before attending Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2007.[1][2]

Acting careerEdit

Jessica began her stage career at the National Theatre in productions including Much Ado About Nothing and Major Barbara.[3] On television, she guest-starred in the Doctor Who episode "Partners in Crime". She also appeared in Mutual Friends before taking a recurring role as Angela in Law & Order: UK in 2009.[4] She was also in Life of Riley as well as playing Branita in the TV pilot Lizzie and Sarah, written by Julia Davis and Jessica Hynes.

In 2012 she played the character of Orla in the BBC television series White Heat.[5] This was followed by a lead role as Melissa Young in BBC drama What Remains.[6] In 2013, Gunning also played the part of Summer in an episode of Great Night Out for ITV. In 2014 Jessica starred as Siân James in Golden Globe- and BAFTA-nominated film Pride,[7] and finished the year in That Day We Sang, a television film written and directed by Victoria Wood.

She was also seen in The Scandalous Lady W on BBC Two and played Shirley Allerdyce in Sky Atlantic’s TV Series Fortitude. Jessica played the character of WPC Kath Morgan in the TV Show Prime Suspect 1973, DC Sophie Carson in In the Dark (British TV series) and Umm Walid in Channel 4 drama The State. In 2019 Jessica performed alongside Cate Blanchett at the National Theatre in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, written by Martin Crimp and Directed by Katie Mitchell.

Jessica plays the character of Jan in Channel 4 comedy Back, and can be seen as Diane Pemberley in BBC1’s The Outlaws created by Stephen Merchant.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 It's Adam and Shelley Scarlet 1 episode
2008 Doctor Who Stacey Campbell "Partners in Crime"
2008 Mutual Friends Maryka
2009–2011 Law & Order: UK Angela 20 episodes
2009–2010 Life of Riley Annie the babysitter 3 episodes
2010 Lizzie and Sarah Branita
2010 Doctors Ann Turnbull
2011 Holby City Gwen Bishop
2012 White Heat Orla 6 episodes
2012 Caroline Quentin's Little Cracker: The Nutcracker Matron
2013 Great Night Out Summer
2013 Common Ground: Adventure Venture Emma
2013 Quick Cuts Annie
2013 What Remains Melissa Young 4 episodes
2014 That Day We Sang Pauline
2015 The Scandalous Lady W Mary Sotheby
2015, 2018 Fortitude Shirley Allerdyce 10 episodes
2015 Inside No. 9 Shona Episode: "La Couchette"
2015 Top Coppers Romero Episode: "The Twist of the French Nicker"
2017 Prime Suspect 1973 WPC Kath Morgan 6 episodes
2017 In the Dark DC Sophia Carson 4 episodes
2017 The State Umm Walid 4 episodes
2017–2021 Back Jan 12 episodes
2018 Trollied Donna Calabrese Series 7
2018 Strike: Career of Evil Holly Brockbank 1 episode
2018 Tourist Trap (TV series) Maxine Series 1
2019 MotherFatherSon Pam Series 1
2020 Isolation Stories Stranger
2021 The Outlaws Diane Pemberley 6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Ghost in the Machine (short) Noreen
2014 Pride Siân James
2020 Summerland Mrs Bassett


  1. ^ Holmfirth's Jessica Gunning has been in Doctor Who, Law & Order and now she's set to star in BBC drama White Heat, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  2. ^ Denby Dale actor joins Holmfirth actress to star in BBC drama, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  3. ^ National Theatre company members – Jessica Gunning[permanent dead link], National Theatre, 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ Jessica Gunning, IMDb profile. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ White Heat characters – Orla, BBC website. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ What Remains Press Pack BBC website, 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ Surprise Pride Marches into Golden Globes Race Variety, 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Jessica Gunning at IMDb