Jessica Dominique Marais is an Australian actress best known for her roles on Australian television in Packed to the Rafters, The Wrong Girl, and Love Child. She also co-starred on the American drama series Magic City. Marais, is nominated for the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2017, and is the only female nominee, The lovely Marais is also nominated for Logie Award for Best Actress and Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Series
"It's sort of something you relive. It feels fresh but obviously time does heal a lot of wounds and I'm definitely much better at coping with it now." - Marais, on the death of her father.
Six months after arriving in Australia, Marais' father Tony died from a heart attack while returning from a family picnic. Marais and her younger sister Clara were raised by her mother Karen. She attended a Catholic co-educational school John XXIII College in Claremont for a year and then went to St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls from 1995 until her graduation in 2002.
Jessica attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art where she graduated in 2007. NIDA appearances included Ophelia in William Shakespeare'sHamlet and Charity in Sweet Charity. While still completing her final year she won the role in Packed to the Rafters, along with co-star and fellow NIDA graduate Hugh Sheridan.