Jessica Hamby

played by Deborah Ann Woll

Jessica Hamby is the progeny of Bill Compton...

Character Bio

Jessica Hamby is the progeny of Bill Compton, who turned her at the age of 17. Though turned against her will, she now embraces her human death as the beginning of forever.


The daughter of an architect and a teacher, Deborah Ann Woll grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was born on February 7, 1985. Drawn to the arts from an early age, Woll studied dance and piano before discovering her passion for acting and classical theater. She starred in several high school plays and attended Carnegie Mellon's pre-college intensive program before accepting coveted spots in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Theatre and an intensive Shakespeare program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Woll thrived in USC School of Theatre's conservatory environment expanding her experience and landing leads in over twenty productions including her favorite stage role to date, Polly Peachum in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's classic 'Three Penny Opera.' She won several performance-based scholarships and awards. Signed at the 2007 Leagues, Woll immediately began winning fans and booking jobs, despite the fact that she had never worked in film or television – and wasn't even a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Woll earned her SAG card thanks to guest star roles in acclaimed shows such as 'Life,' 'ER,' 'The Mentalist,' and 'My Name is Earl.'

Woll's big break came when casting directors Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein cast her in the recurring guest star role of Jessica Hamby in the first season of 'True Blood.' By the second season, Deborah Ann Woll was offered a series regular contract.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Woll enjoys computer games, 'Mystery Science Theater 3000,' and every kind of puzzling game imaginable in her spare time.

While on hiatus from 'True Blood,' Woll starred in three films: 'Mother's Day,' playing Rebecca DeMornay's only daughter Lydia; 'Little Murder,' opposite Terrence Howard, Josh Lucas and Lake Bell; and 'Highland Park' with Billy Burke, Parker Posey and Danny Glover.

Deborah lives in Los Angeles.

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