Jessica Alice Cave Lloyd (born 5 May 1987) is an English actress, comedian and cartoonist, known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter (film series), ''Harry Potter'' film series and for her shows in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has also published a book of her trademark cartoon doodles, called ''Love Sick'', and some of the designs have also appeared on greeting cards. A comedic play (also her show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) – ''Sunrise'', a semi-autobiographical portrayal of her own life and relationships – appeared in 2019. Cave completed her first novel in 2020.

Early life

Cave was born on 5 May 1987 in London, the second eldest of five siblings. Her father works as a general practitioner. Her mother, Deborah, is the daughter of former Chief Secretary to Hong Kong, Tasmanian-born Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave. Her youngest sister Bebe Cave is also an actress. She attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith for sixth form. A former county-level swimmer and ex-national tennis player, she studied illustration and animation at Kingston University. Her tennis career was cut short by injury when she was 15.Jones, Alice (16 August 2012)
"Jessie Cave: Bookworm, Underbelly, Edinburgh"
''The Independent''.
In August 2018 (in her show Sunrise) she revealed that she had been raped by her tennis coach at the age of 14. She had originally intended to study stage management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked in London as a stagehand, before deciding to pursue acting.


Cave made her acting debut in the drama ''Summerhill (TV series), Summerhill'', shown on CBBC in early 2008. She won the role of Dumbledore's Army members#Lavender Brown, Lavender Brown in the film ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' through an open casting call held on 1 July 2007. Cave, who came from an agency, beat over 7,000 girls who turned up for the audition. She also performed the voice of Lavender in the video-game adaptations of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' and ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2''. In June 2009, she made her West End début, playing "Thomasina" in a revival of Tom Stoppard's ''Arcadia (play), Arcadia'' at the Duke of York's Theatre. That December, Cave had a minor role in the 2009 film ''Inkheart (film), Inkheart'' as a water nymph. She appeared in the play ''Breed'' at Theatre503, playing the role of Liv, from 21 September to 16 October 2010. She won the Off West-End stage award for People's Choice for Female Performance. On 4 February 2011, she appeared as a one-off character Hermione in the CBBC children's drama ''Sadie J''. Cave runs the website Pindippy, and its associated YouTube channel of the same name, which feature short videos written by and starring Cave herself, with occasional appearances from some of her other ''Harry Potter (film series), Harry Potter'' co-stars, including her close friend, Evanna Lynch. During 2012, she played the title character in a 2012 production of J. M. Barrie's ''Mary Rose (play), Mary Rose'' at the DogOrange Theatre, in London, Zazzy in the final episode of season 2 of ''Grandma's House'', aired on 24 May 2012, and the role of Elder Biddy in the 2012 film adaptation of ''Great Expectations (2012 film), Great Expectations'', based on Great Expectations, the novel by Charles Dickens, and directed by Mike Newell (director), Mike Newell. During the filming of ''Great Expectations'', Cave worked alongside her younger sister Bebe (who played the younger Biddy), and was also reunited with her ''Harry Potter'' co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Ralph Fiennes. By June 2012, Cave had amassed over 30,000 followers on her Twitter account. That August, she made her debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her show, ''Bookworm'', which is described as "a charming hour of character comedy and loving literary silliness inspired by the obsessive Potter fans" Cave encountered while starring in the ''Harry Potter'' films. In the show, Cave stars as the bossy leader of a book club named Bookworms United, whose sidekick is played by her younger sister, Bebe. Cave's character expresses her enthusiasm for topics ranging from Babar the Elephant, Babar to Andre Agassi's autobiography through a combination of homemade props and shadow puppetry, which conceal the character's neurosis, and contrast with a subplot about an ex-boyfriend. Her 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show ''Sunrise'' was an "emotionally intelligent [and] honest" performance (including a ''Harry Potter'' fan convention-as-sex-party sketch). During 2013, Cave played a minor role as a waitress named Angela in a medieval restaurant in the second series of BBC Three's ''Pramface'', aired on 8 January 2013. She appeared as Theodora Snitch, a character in YouTube's one-off revival of the TV series ''Knightmare''; Denise in episode 2 of ''Coming Up (TV series), Coming Up'' Series 8; as Alicia Ferguson in the CBBC series ''Wizards vs Aliens'', in the two-part episode "The Thirteenth Floor"; as Anne-Marie Bonner in series 2 of ''The Job Lot'', and as Annie Maddocks in the E4 drama ''Glue (TV series), Glue'' in 2014. Her debut novel 'Sunset' is set for release in June 2021.

Other activities

Cave published a book of cartoons called ''Lovesick'' on 2 July 2015 through Ebury Publishing. These cartoons have also been made into a greeting card range published by Cardmix.Jones, Alice (1 July 2015)
"Jessie Cave interview: Harry Potter's Lavender Brown has published a collection of feminist cartoons"
''The Independent''.
She later created a fashion range of colourful boho-chic harem-style pants, called "Cave Pants". She also does regular comedy shows at venues in Soho, London.

Personal life

Cave is in a relationship with fellow comedian Alfie Brown, son of composer Steve Brown (composer), Steve Brown and impressionist Jan Ravens. The couple have three children- two sons born in October 2014 and October 2020, and a daughter born in July 2016. The couple's relationship inspired Cave's 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy hit ''I Loved Her'' and her sell-out show ''Sunrise'' (2018) in which she explores their break-up and co-parenting. ''Sunrise'' received widespread praise and rave reviews, and has since been published as a play. Cave has a tattoo of the logo used both on the cover and as part of the backdrop for the stage version. In 2018, the former couple took part in Comedy Central (British TV channel), Comedy Central's ''Roast Battle''. In more recent years, Cave has continued to produce her signature cartoon drawings which use observational comedy and vulnerability. She and her sister, actor Bebe Cave, began a podcast in 2020 - ‘We Can’t Talk About That Right Now’, a name inspired by their journey into the world of grief after losing brother Benjamin Cave in 2019.




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