Jessica Marais was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Australia at the age of nine. She graduated college in National Institute of Dramatic Art. During Jessica's stay, she was able to appear in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Charity in Sweet Charity. Her first major role was in Australian family-oriented TV series Packed to the Rafters. Jessica Marais bagged the Most Popular New Female Talent and Most Outstanding New Talent from 2009Logie Awards for her performance. In 2009, she joined actors Tim Minchin and Daniel Amalm in the drama film titled Two Fists, One Heart. Jessica Marais is engaged to her former co-star James Stewart and have a daughter together named Scout Edie Stewart.