Kent is no stranger to exceptional comedic talent, having served as home to the likes of Joe Brand, Vic Reeves and Sandi Toksvig. Another to add to the list is none other than Jessica Hynes, best known for her roles in Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and The Royle Family.
Although born in Lewisham, the beloved star is now a proud resident of Folkestone. She’s not the only successful actress to have moved to the famous Kentish coastal town as soap opera royalty June Brown also lived in the area for many yearsbefore sadly passing away earlier this year.
Jessica has had a huge presence in the area since moving, and even undertook a gigantic swimming challenge in 2020. The award-winning actress covered 4.6 miles of the Kent coast, swimming between the Hythe Imperial Hotel in Hythe and Sunny Sands Beach in Folkestone. on behalf of a charity, helping to raise funds for the Folkestone Community Hub.
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In the same year, she also raised money for asylum seekers, showing her support for the Kent Refugee Action Network, which has set itself the goal of raising £30,000 to support young refugees coming to Kent. In a video message at the time, she introduced herself as ‘out of TV’ and demonstrated her support for the Kent-based charity.
She said: “Kent Refugee Action Network aims to be a family to them when they arrive in the UK, through education, teaching them English, through connections, connecting them with other other people who find themselves in a similar situation so that they can create their own network and also through support, at home and within the community.
Apart from her comedy career, Jessica has also made a few appearances in several beloved and hugely popular franchises that you may not know about. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hynes provided the voice of Mafalda Hopkirk, as well as several Doctor Who appearances in 2007 and 2009.
Last year, she joined Kent resident and popular comedian Sandi Toksvig on an episode of Extraordinary Escapes which saw the couple venture to some incredible places in Kent. During their travels, the two explored a 1900s windmill outside the village of Benenden which had been lovingly restored.
They then traveled to Sheppey to take a look at Elmley National Nature Reserve, known to be the only reserve in the county where you can spend the night. Hynes is still very much on our screens, having recently appeared in a recent episode of BBC’s Inside No. 9 and The Witchfinder’s which debuted earlier this year.
Jessica is married to her husband Adam, whom she met when she was 18. The couple also have three children together, Flora, Gabriel and Barbara.
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