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Jemima Kirke


British actress who had her breakout role as Jessa Johansson over the HBO series Young ladies in 2012. She fulfilled Lena Dunham at New York’s Saint Ann’s College. She made an appearance in the 2010 film Tiny Home furniture. She’s two sisters who may also be entertainers, Domino and Lola Kirke. She’s two kids, Rafella and Memphis, with her hubby Michael Mosberg. She superstars alongside Allison Williams on Young ladies.

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Full Name Jemima Kirke
Date Of Birth April 26, 1985
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.57 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Saint Ann's School, Rhode Island School of Design
Nationality British
Spouse Michael Mosberg
Children Memphis Kirke Mosberg, Rafella Israel Mosberg
Parents Simon Kirke, Lorraine Kirke
Siblings Lola Kirke, Domino Kirke, Simon Kirke, Jr., Greg Morris
Nominations Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Movies Untogether, The Little Hours, Ava's Possessions, Tiny Furniture
TV Shows Girls
Star Sign Taurus

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1Dad Simon was formerly a drummer with British rock bands Free ("All Right Now") (1968-73) and Bad Company ("Can't Get Enough") (1973- ).
2Mother Lorraine runs Geminola, a vintage New York City boutique that supplied various outfits for the TV series Sex and the City (1998).
3Sister of actress Lola Kirke.
4Jemima's father has English and Scottish ancestry. Jemima's maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal, was of Iraqi Jewish descent. Jemima's maternal grandmother, Zehava Helmer, was an Israeli of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
5Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 27, a son Memphis Kirke Mosberg on November 20, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Michael Mosberg.
6Is a visual artist, which is her top priority, and feels that acting is secondary.
7Met husband Michael in a doctor's office when she had bronchitis.
8Gave birth to her 1st child at age 25, a daughter Rafella Israel Mosberg in October 2010. Child's father is her husband, Michael Mosberg.



Axe Cop2015TV SeriesWater Queen
Ava's Possessions2015Ivy
Inside Amy Schumer2015TV SeriesJemima Kirke
Tiny Furniture2010Charlotte
Smile for the Camera2005ShortTwin Singer (voice)
All These Small Moments2018post-productionOdessa
Wild Honey Piepost-productionGillian
Zayn Feat. Sia: Dusk Till Dawn2017Video shortZayn's Conspirator
Girls2012-2017TV SeriesJessa Johansson
Strangers2017TV MovieEmmy
The Little Hours2017Marta
New York Is Dead2017TV SeriesK.K.
The Simpsons2015TV SeriesCandace's Friend



Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2017TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself
The Characters2016TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Style Story2016TV SeriesHerself
Alec Baldwin's Love Ride2014TV Mini-SeriesHerself (2015)
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - Artist
Girls: About Girls2012Video documentaryJessa Johansson / Herself
Girls: Invitation to the Set2012Video documentaryJessa Johansson / Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Best Ensemble CastGotham AwardsTiny Furniture (2010)· Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, David Call, Merritt Wever, Amy Seimetz

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1I'll never have a best friend who is a man. It just doesn't work that way. So many times young girls will be like, 'I'm a guy's girl.' And I'm like, 'No, you're not. There's no way a man can understand you like a woman, and you're a guy's girl because you're threatened by other women.' I was like that.
2My opinions of which of my works are good are vastly different than other people's. There is one that I'm obsessed with but I swear... no one else has ever even commented on it. So I'm a bit shy to draw attention to it.
3Portraiture keeps me humble. It's simple and straightforward. There is nothing more interesting I can make up than the figure sitting right in front of me.
4That's what I paint, I paint people. They're portraits, but you won't always be pleased with the way you look in my paintings. Which is fine, I guess. Unless you're buying it, and it's of your kid!
5I don't have that drive to be in this field, climbing up, doing bit parts in movies to make a big movie. But I'm lucky I get to also do acting - it's fun. I should probably just take an acting class on the weekends - that would be enough for me.
6I go to Florida sometimes for vacation. I actually really like Florida. It's a weird place, it's surreal. It's so close, but you feel like you're in another world or on an island.
7I know acting is not impersonating, but I'm good with impressions. I can do impressions of people I know, and people I've been, and roles that I've acted before.
8I think Damien Hirst is hilarious. And I think he's a true artist. He's not hilarious first; I think he is a real artist, and I also think he's got an amazing sense of humor.
9I think I did a lot of really stupid stuff really quickly in my twenties and that sort of led me to want to sort of just relax a little bit. Relax a lot.
10I've never been one to just do what I'm told. I don't say that necessarily with pride, it's just something that has gotten me in trouble before.
11People are confusing me with a good actor when I'm just a good mimic. When someone asks me to play a nun from the fifteenth century, you'll see what I mean.
12Acting is secondary - I don't feel like it's going to stick around because it's not something I want to do forever. My art has always been my top priority and I have far more experience in that field than I do in film.
13But I'm interested in the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. I hear there are some of the worst Matisses there. I like seeing bad art by good artists. It's inspiring. I'm able to identify with them. It makes them real.
14I come from a family of all women and one boy, my brother. We're all women and we're all precocious and opinionated and like to have fun and we always had friends in the house and we were always, like, half-naked.
15I have to remember that for the most part people will see me for what I do, not what I say I do.
16I mean, I have worked out. I've always worked out a little, you know, when I felt it was, like... time.
17I want lots of kids and I want a garden and I hope to stay married to my husband. I hope to be working in some way that fulfills me.
18I've been painting and making things since I was little.
19I've had a baby. I've had an abortion.
20When you're literally carrying a child you can cut back on bad habits.
21Being humble and sweet is the hardest thing you can do.
22By the way, I'm funniest when I'm not being funny. I'm better to laugh at than with, pretty much.
23I don't have the passion for acting that actors might have.
24I have a handful of tattoos that I really want to put on people that I can't find anyone to let me give them to.

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