Magazine article Screen International

Jessica Barden, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

Magazine article Screen International

Jessica Barden, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

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ACTOR: Jessica Barden has the sort of innate talent that stacks up against the biggest names in the business and threatens to march offwith their scenes.

From the films Tamara Drewe, in which she played a gum-snapping teenager, to Hanna, to this year's Far From The Madding Crowd and Cannes title The Lobster, Barden's roles are beginning to mount up.

At 23, the Yorkshire native is a grizzled veteran, including an 18-month stint on ITV's Coronation Street when she was 13 (her most recent TV role was opposite George MacKay in The Outcast and she shot a small part in Mindhorn before going on to the next season of Penny Dreadful for HBO until February 2016).

Barden says that as a child she benefited from living close to Leeds where so many TV shows were shot. "Every week I'd go to Leeds, sometimes I'd be an extra, sometimes I'd get a speaking part," she recalls. …

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