Jessica Barden (born 21 July 1992) is an English actress best known for playing main character Alyssa in Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World. Barden has also played the recurring character Justine in Penny Dreadful.
Barden was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and moved to Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in 1995. She attended Wetherby High School.Her acting debut came in 1999 with a small role in an episode of the television series My Parents Are Aliens. She later appeared in episodes of the series No Angels and The Chase.
In 2007, it was announced that she would play the part of Kayleigh Morton on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She made her first appearance on Sunday, 18 March 2007. In April 2008, it was announced that Kayleigh and the rest of the Morton family would leave Coronation Street at the end of 2008, after just a year and a half. Barden made her final appearance on Coronation Street on 29 September 2008.
In 2007 Barden made her film debut in the comedy-drama Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution about a British family that moves to East Germany during the Cold War.
In 2009 she played the part of Pea in the highly acclaimed stage production Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Squarebefore being transferred to The Apollo in the West End.
In 2010, Barden appeared in the film Tamara Drewe, a dramatisation of the comic strip of the same name, directed by Stephen Frears. The following year she played the role of Sophie in Joe Wright's film Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Between 2012 and 2015 she appeared in the urban horror Comedown, starred alongside Tony Curran in the mystery film In the Dark Half, and had a role in the psychological thriller Mindscape, starring Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga.
In 2014, she appeared in the American independent movie Lullaby.
In July 2015, Barden played the role of Kit Carmichael in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast. The same year she played the role of Liddy in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd(which was also the inspiration for Tamara Drewe). She also played a role in the absurdist black comedy The Lobster by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.
In 2016, Barden played the title role in Channel 4's TV movie Ellen and the role of Jasmine in the comedy film Mindhorn.
In 2017, she starred in the British horror movie Habit and in the Channel 4/Netflix television series The End of the F***ing World playing Alyssa.
In 2018, she stars as Blake in the Drive Films movie The New Romantic.