Who is Jamie-Lee O’Donnell?

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 4 March 1992 – her zodiac sign is Pisces, and she holds British nationality. She’s an actress with 11 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her portrayal of one of the main characters, Michelle Mallon, in the comedy “Derry Girls”, created by Lisa McGee, and which today stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland and Nicola Coughlan. It follows the lives of a 16-year-old girl and her family during The Troubles in Norther Ireland in the ‘90s; the series has been airing since 2018 (Jamie-Lee quit in 2019), and has won eight of the 21 awards for which it has been nominated.

Early life and education

Jamie-Lee was raised in ‘Derry by her parents, about whom nothing’s known, as she respects their privacy.

She doesn’t usually speak about her siblings, but it’s widely known that she was raised in a large family.

She became interested in acting while attending St Anne’s Primary School; after Jamie-Lee’s professor cast her to appear in a school play, she instantly fell in love with it nearly. She continued acting after she moved on to St Cecilia’s College (secondary school), while she was also interested in various other activities during her four years there, including playing soccer, dancing and learning to play the guitar.

Upon matriculating in 2010, Jamie-Lee enrolled at North West Regional College, and it was during her second year there that she launched her acting career, with her portrayal of the lead character Eva Maguire in all the 18 episodes of the drama series “6Degrees”.

The series aired from 2012 to 2015, also starred Ryan McParland and Cillian O’Sullivan, and follows the lives of six teenagers who are attending a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Jamie-Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 2014, having studied and practiced acting at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.

Roles in movies

Jamie-Lee made her debut film appearance in the 2015 drama “Urban & the Shed Crew”, written and directed by Candida Brady, and which starred Fraser Kelly, Richard Armitage and Anna Friel. It follows a former social worker who’s helping a gang of runaway children, and the movie won two awards.

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

In 2018, we saw her appear in the drama “I Told my Mum I was Going on an RE Trip”, written by Julia Samuels, directed by Lindy Heymann, and in which she starred alongside Emma Burns and Aizah Khan; the film follows the actress Julie Hesmondhalgh who has introduced a new theatre play, which concerns important issues, including abortion. In the same year, Jamie-Lee was cast to portray Fiona in the crime drama “Doing Money”, directed by Lynsey Miller, and which starred Anca Dumitra, Dragos Bucur and Turlough Convery. It follows the young Romanian woman Ana, who has been kidnapped and sold; the movie won nine of the 14 awards for which it was nominated.

Her two most recent roles in movies have been in the 2019 short drama “A Secret Journey”, and the 2020 short drama “The Fruit Fix”.

Jamie-Lee has just finished shooting for the upcoming historical romantic drama “Redeeming Love”, while she’s currently shooting for the upcoming horror “Unwelcome”, both set to be released in 2022.

Roles in TV series

Jamie-Lee has appeared in four TV series, including the above mentioned “6Degrees” and “Derry Girls”.

She portrayed Leah in the 2018 episode “I Told My Mum I Was Going on an RE Trip” of the biographical musical drama “Performance Live”, which starred Paulo Mason, Kirsty Wark and Richard Dedomenici, and follows actors and actresses as they’re performing scenes from popular movies and TV series.

Since early 2021, Jamie-Lee has been starring as Shelly O’Keith in the comedy “Unwanted”, created by Kyle Shevrin, and which also stars Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen. The series follows Ben and Grant who are trying to catch Shelly O’Keith, a convicted murderer who has escaped jail, as a reward of $1 million has been offered for his recapture.

Other credits

In 2018, Jamie-Lee made a guest appearance in an episode of the talk-show “The Crystal Maze”, and the same year saw her featured in the TV special “NI Trending”.

In 2020, she competed in the game-series “The Great British Baking Show”.

Love life and husband

Jamie-Lee’s quite secretive when it comes to her love life, but it’s widely known that she’s today in a long-term relationship with Paul McCay, an Irish DJ; there are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Jamie-Lee and Paul have exchanged vows, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Paul is followed by nearly 2,000 people on Instagram, and has uploaded over 30 pictures onto the network, some of which feature him with Jamie-Lee. The two were apparently introduced by a mutual friend at a party, although some believe that they met at high school, and were friends for several years before they began dating; none of these rumors have been confirmed.

As of October 2021, Jamie-Lee’s in a relationship with Paul McCay, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Jamie-Lee’s quite active on Instagram, mostly because she enjoys the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 160,000 followers; she’s uploaded over 100 pictures onto her account, the majority of which have been taken during her everyday life.

She’s become passionate about travelling, and has been to various European countries for both work and pleasure, with her favorite city to stay in being Rome in Italy. Jamie-Lee has also been to a couple of US states, while she enjoyed Los Angeles in California the most.

She likes to drink alcohol, and her favorite is beer.

Jamie-Lee has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hanks and Amanda Seyfried, and some of her favorite movies include “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Letters to Juliette”.

Age, height and net worth

Jamie-Lee’s age is 29. She has long brown hair and light blue eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 108lbs (49kgs).

As of October 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $100,000.

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