Jess McNamee

Profession: Packed to the Rafters actress

Partner: Stefano Olivieri

Charity: Fred Hollows Foundation

Vote: Eliminated

This popular actress is known to millions of Australians as the unflappable Sammy from Channel Seven's top-rating drama, Packed to the Rafters. Growing up with musical theatre, Jess is a natural performer, having scored a role in Home and Away not long after leaving school. But is she a natural dancer?

Jess McNamee, 22, comes from the same Sydney suburb as her character Sammy in Packed to the Rafters, and grew up in a similarly large family.

She caught the acting bug early thanks to her older sisters Bec and Penny. Together they grew up doing musical theatre. It was while majoring in drama during her final year of school that Jess decided acting was for her.

Upon finishing school she scored a role in the TV drama Secretary alongside Vince Colosimo and Pia Miranda. While the show was short-lived, she went on to appear on Home and Away twice last year as Lisa Duffy. She scored the role of Sammy whilst still on Home and Away.

Like her sister Penny, who's currently appearing in the Broadway musical hit Wicked in Melbourne, Jess is also a talented singer and dancer. She has a keen interest in history and philosophy, and was majoring in both at Sydney University before she deferred her studies to pursue acting.

Jess is also an avid fitness fanatic. She's into yoga, running and has been wakeboarding for the last six years. When she's not working, she also spends time at Wattle Studio, a facility for intellectually handicapped young people established by her aunty Clare.

During her recent production break, Jess completed work on the horror film The Loved Ones in Melbourne and travelled throughout South America.

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