Born in London, Jacki has worked as an actor both in the UK and Australia. She trained at the Ensemble Studios, Sydney, as well as the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and has since appeared in numerous theatre, film and television productions. She began her career with television roles in Rafferty’s Rules, Australia’s Most Wanted and Two in the Bush with Katie Manning from Doctor Who and, at the same time, appeared in corporate film roles and some of Australia’s best known commercials, including the CCs corn chips campaign, Weeties, NRMA, Sun Certain Sellers and Actifed CC among others. By this time, she started to become known for comedy roles and appeared with Barry Humphries as Sir Les Patterson’s assistant in the satirical video Flashbacks. Recent film work includes the comedy horror, It’s Christmas, and the independent feature film, The Last Video Store.
Theatre work ranges from Shakespeare to Restoration Comedy and pantomime through to modern roles, including The Turn of Winston Haggle, Lady Windermere’s Fan,Tartuffe, The False Count, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Fen, Signal Driver, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and as a female Captain Hook in Peter Pan among others.
She began working in voice over after training with JP Orr at The Showreel in London and with the late Bernard Shaw, and has provided the voice for various commercials, narration and audiobooks, including The Silver Brumby and The Slap for The Royal National Institute for the Blind.
As an acting teacher and coach, Jacki has taught at a number of drama schools in the UK including East 15, the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts as well as workshops at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. In Australia, she has taught drama and voice classes at QUT, and as the English accent coach for the third year productions, Breaking the Code and Pygmalion. She has also taught at The National Institute of Dramatic Art, and as Voice Teacher at the New York Film Academy. She has conducted voice classes for business clients and as accent coach for film, and has coached individuals for auditions and drama school entry. Many students have gone on to achieve significant success with their career goals. Take a look at some testimonials here.