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Claudia Jessie Peyton (born 30 October 1989) is an English actress who played the role of Jeanette Su in Series 5, Episode 3 of Call the Midwife.

Early Life[]

Claudia Jessie Peyton was born in Moseley, and grew up on a canal boat. She spent some of her childhood on a council estate in North London and was homeschooled from the age of 14 before returning to Birminghamwhen she was 17. Her family struggled financially; Jessie described the experiences that came with it, such as bailiffscoming to the door, as traumatic. In addition, her parents split and her father was not around. Her single mother, Dawn, worked cleaning houses to provide for her and her brother.

Jessie's mother also worked to afford her ballet lessons at the Challis School of Dance. Jessie trained part-time at the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and spent a year studying with the Birmingham Library Theatre Company.

Career[]

Jessie's first professional acting role was in a short film titled Rosie in 2012. She followed this with appearances in the soap operas Doctors and Casualty. She appeared in an episode of House of Anubis, and reprised her role as Sophie Danae in the television film Touchstone of Ra.

Between 2014 and 2016, Jessie starred in the BAFTA-winning CBBC Online web series Dixi as Shari. In 2015, she was cast as WPC Annie Taylor, the lead character in the third series of the BBC One television programme WPC 56. She was a guest in Josh, playing the protagonist's love interest. Jessie acted in the 2014 short film Copy That directed by Kingsley Hoskins which won the Best Comedic Short Film award at TSFA in New York. Jessie made her feature film debut as Doris in the 2016 war film Their Finest.

In 2017, she starred as DC Jodie Taylor in series four of Line of Duty on BBC One and Lucy in the Dave sitcom Porters, the latter of which she would return to for its second series. The following year, she played Amelia Sedley in the ITV miniseries adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair. She also made a guest appearance in the Doctor Who episode "Kerblam!" in 2018.

In 2020, she gained worldwide fame for playing Eloise Bridgerton on Netflix period drama Bridgerton.

Personal Life[]

Jessie lives in Birmingham with her partner Cole Edwards, a casting editor whom she met at her Bridgerton audition. She has stated she is a vegan and meditates for at least an hour a day. Her aunt introduced her to Nichiren Buddhism, and Jessie has regularly practiced it since she was 17 for her mental health. She has spoken of her experiences with panic attacks and anxiety since childhood, as well as depersonalisation disorder.

Jessie is a member of the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion and considers herself a fan of George Monbiot

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