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Jacqueline Jossa
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Jossa in 2016
Born
Jacqueline Mary Jossa

(1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 26)
Bexley, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present
Spouse(s)Dan Osborne (m. 2017)
Children2
RelativesMegan Jossa (cousin)

Jacqueline Osborne[1] (née Jossa; born 29 October 1992)[2] is an English actress, known for portraying the role of Lauren Branning in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 2010 to 2018. She won "Best Newcomer" at the National Television Awards 2012 and "Best Actress" at the Inside Soap Awards 2013.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Jossa was born in Bexley.[3] She trained at D&B Theatre School in Bromley (where she performed the role Jeanie in 'Hair' to great acclaim), followed by the Royal Academy of Music in London.[2] At music college her activities included performing the Bruch violin concerto[citation needed]. She has one older sister, Katrina and her two older brothers died in infancy.[4] She is the cousin of former EastEnders actress Megan Jossa.[5] She is half Irish from her mother, who moved to England before Jossa was born.

Career[edit]

Jossa was cast in EastEnders in 2010 as Lauren Branning, taking over from Madeline Duggan who played the role from 2006 to 2010.[6] Jossa was "excited" to join the show, saying she has always been a fan.[6] Her first appearance was on 27 September 2010.[7] Jossa also appears in Lauren's internet spin-off series, Lauren's Diaries, with two series in 2010 and 2011.[8]

In 2013 she also appeared as a panellist on the BBC Three comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff.[9]

In September 2017, it was revealed that Jossa would be leaving EastEnders after 7 years alongside on-screen sister, Lorna Fitzgerald. Their exit was a decision made by the new temporary producer John Yorke. A spokesperson for the soap said, "We can confirm that Jacqueline and Lorna will be leaving EastEnders. They have both been wonderful to work with and we wish them all the best for the future". Jossa's final scenes aired on 16 February 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Jossa has been in a relationship with The Only Way is Essex's Dan Osborne since 2013.[10] On 15 August 2014, the couple confirmed that they were expecting their first child together.[11][12] In February 2015, Jossa gave birth to a daughter, Ella.[13] In June 2015, Jossa and Osborne announced their engagement.[13] On 24 June 2017, Jossa and Osborne married and she became the stepmother of Osborne's son from a previous relationship, Teddy Osborne.[14][15] On 15 January 2018, Jossa announced she was expecting her second child with Osborne.[16] On 25 June 2018, Jossa gave birth to a second daughter, Mia.[17][18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Jossa was nominated in the category of "Best Soap Newcomer" at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.[19] On 25 January 2012 Jossa won "Best Newcomer" at the National Television Awards.[20] She was shortlisted in the category "Sexiest Female" in the British Soap Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but lost to Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) of Coronation Street.[21] In 2013, Jossa was nominated for Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards which she later won. She was also nominated for Best Storyline for "Lauren's struggle with alcohol" as well as sexiest female. In 2014, Jossa won Sexiest Female at the Inside Soap Awards.

Year Ceremony Award Work Result
2011 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Newcomer EastEnders Shortlisted
2012 National Television Awards Best Newcomer Won
2012 All About Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2012 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2012 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2012 Inside Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2013 National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Longlisted
2013 All About Soap Awards Best Stunt: Joey and Lauren's Crash Shortlisted
2013 All About Soap Awards Forbidden Lovers: Joey and Lauren Shortlisted
2013 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Won
2013 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Storyline: Lauren's Struggle With Alcohol Shortlisted
2014 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2014 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Won
2015 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2016 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Won