Jess has once again had an absolute fantastic year. From her dream coming true at the Royal Court to flying to South Africa to film her latest TV Project.  

We take a look back at Jessica Raine’s 2016.


January was a big month for Jess. Her first ITV project Jericho began. It received a mixed response from the public, however, Jess was given terrific reviews in her role as Annie Quainton.  

Jess did a lot of publicity work in the lead up to the first episode of Jericho. Jess appeared on the Lorraine show on ITV before going over to Radio 4 for Woman’s Hour.  

In the middle of January Jess went onto the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 for more publicity work for Jericho.  

Jess was a joy to see and hear on TV and Radio coming across as very confident, professional but above all Jess was sincere and polite and looked and sounded so happy.

It was the beginning of a brilliant Radio 4 drama in January as The Forsytes began with Jess being Fleur Forsyte as well as being the Narrator for the drama.

Jess received her next TV casting in January as a guest star in the new series of Inside No. 9.  

January also seen Jess attend her first Press Night of the year at the Le Corsaire Gala in London.  

In February, to the delight of many of Jess’s fans (including me) it was announced that Jess was to perform on stage again. Jess was given the role of Gilda in Alistair McDowell’s X at the Royal Court Theatre in London. At the end of February rehearsals began with Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.  

In March, as well as working very hard in the rehearsal room for X, Jess attended her second Gala of the year at the National Theatre entitled Bright Young Things.

During March, the Royal Court showed some photos of Jess in rehearsals for X ahead of the opening performance on 30th March.  

Photo 1: Jessica Raine starred in her first ITV Project Jericho.

Photo 2: Jessica on the Lorraine Show

Photo 3: Jessica at the Radio 4 Studio for Woman’s Hour

Photo 4: Jess on the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2.

Photo 5: Jess with her fellow Co-Stars of Radio 4’s The Forsytes.

Photo 6: Jess at the Le Corsaire Gala

Photo 7: Jess attends Bright Young Things Gala.

Photo 8: Jess hard at work in rehearsals for X at The Royal Court Theatre in London.


It was Press Night for Jess as X officially opened in April. Jess received wonderful reviews for her role as Gilda. In an interview in The Times, Jess revealed that it was a dream come true to perform at the Royal Court Theatre and Jess also revealed that she was desperate to play Gilda in X as she loved the script so much.  

Jess had a wonderful few weeks at the Royal Court and the play closed in early May.  

Nothing has been said, however, Alistair McDowell’s previous plays has had a transfer, so it may not be the last we have heard of X. Watch this space.

The Forsytes returned to Radio 4 in April with Jess reprising her role as Fleur and Narrator.

In late May, Jess recorded The Muse for Radio 4. During the month of June, Jess recorded the third series of The Forsytes.

At the beginning of June, Jess attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London.  

In mid June Jess was a special guest at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Press Day.  

At the end of June, Jess attended the Victoria and Akbert Museum Annual Summer Ball.  

Photo 1: Jess as featured in an interview in The Times.

Photo 2: Jess as Gilda in X at the Royal Court Theatre.

Photo 3: Jess at the X Press Night after party.

Photo 4: The Forsytes returned to Radio 4.

Photo 5: Jess recording The Muse for Radio 4.

Photo 6: Jess attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Photo 7. Jess attending the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Press Day.

Photo 8: Jess attending the Victoria and Albert Museum Summer Ball.


Things began to quieten down for Jess during this period.  

In July, we had the pleasure of listening to Jess read The Muse alongside Jericho Co-Star Martina Laird on Radio 4. 

It was off to another Flower Show Press Day for Jess at Hampden Court along with her husband Tom.  

Jess was invited to the Swallows And Amazons Film Premiere in London in late Juky.  

In September it was announced that Jess would participate in a celebration of the late Sir Arnold Wesker at the Royal Court Theatre in London to read the final scene from Roots.  

It was a welcome return to the Forsytes on Radio 4 in September with Jess once again receiving high praise for her roles as Fleur and Narrator.  

Photo 1: Jess and Martina Laird teamed up once again, this time to read The Muse on Radio 4.

Photo 2: Jess and her husband Tom at the Hampden Court Flower Show.

Photo 3: Jess at the Swallows And Amazons Film Premiere.

Photo 4: Jess as Beatie in Arnold Wesker’s Roots.

Photo 5: Jess as Fleur Forsyte 


In early October, Jess received her next casting – it is a big one – new six part drama The Last Post to be filmed in South Africa until March. It’s due on our screens in the summer of 2017 on BBC One. 

Before jetting off, Jess participated at the Royal Court’s celebration of the late Sir Arnold Wesker reading the final scene of his play Roots which Jess was in at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013.  

In mid October Jess was reunited with her former Co-Star from Call The Midwife George Rainsford for a Press Night at the Lyric Hammersmith.  

In early November Jess went to The Bash at the Royal Court Theatre a major event celebrating the work of the theatre.  

It was confirmed in November that Jess had started filming The Last Post in South Africa.  

The year ended on a high note for Jess in late December with an incredible performance in the Christmas Special of Inside No. 9, The Devil Of Christmas playing the role of Kathy.

Whatever 2017 holds for Jess we hope it will be another successful year for Jess.  

Photo 1: Jess is cast in The Last Post as Alison.

Photo 2: Jess at the Royal Court participating in the Sir Arnold Wesker Tribute Event.

Photo 3: Jess is reunited with former Call The Midwife Co-Star George Rainsford.

Photo 4: Jess attending The Bash at the Royal Court.

Photo 5: Jessica Raine as Kathy in Inside No. 9