Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais

Jessica Dominique Marais (born 29 January 1985 in South Africa) is an Australian actress who hails from Perth, Western Australia. She is best known for her role as Rachel Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters.

Marais was attending NIDA when she was cast in the role of Rachel Rafter on the television series Packed to the Rafters. The television series become a success and was instantly renewed. On Sunday 3 May 2009, Marais won the Logie for "Most Popular New Female Talent" and the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for "Most Outstanding New Talent" at theLogie Awards of 2009 for her performance in Australian TV Drama Packed to the Rafters. In February 2011 it was announced that Marais had left Packed to the Rafters, with her final episode airing on 23 August 2011. Marais starred in the series from Season One until Season Four from 2008-2011.

Marais also starred in Rai Fazio's film Two Fists, One Heart with fellow Perth actor Tim Minchin and Daniel Amalm which was released in March 2009.Jessica guest-starred in the American series, Legend of the Seeker filmed in Auckland New Zealand, playing the role of a Mord'Sith, Denna.

After departing Packed to the Rafters, Marais relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in hollywod productions. Marais is set to head to Miami, to film scenes for a 10-episode US drama Magic City (TV series).

Marais is engaged to former Packed to the Rafters co-star James Stewart. Stewart portrays the role of Jake Barton in the series. When Marais departed the series, Stewart remained on the television series.  On 15 November 2011, Marais and Stewart announced that they are expecting their first child.

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