Jamie Bernadette was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois, a small town about 70 miles south of Chicago. She was the youngest of 9 children. Her father passed away just 4 months after her birth, leaving her mother to raise all of the children on her own. Growing up with very limited means, Jamie quickly learned much about being self-sufficient, industrious, and independent. Although material possessions were scarce, dreams were not. Jamie was dreaming about being on the big screen since a child of about age 5. She watched movies repeatedly and acted out the scenes, mimicking the actresses she loved. Jamie began acting in Community Theater productions at about age 10 and did some theater in high school as well.
Jamie came to a crossroads in her life when she had the choice to stay in her beloved hometown, settle down and get married, or venture out to Los Angeles where dreams of acting awaited her. Most everyone in her small town married and had children at a young age so to do anything but was quite a shock to her friends and family. Jamie came to the decision to try out Hollywood and left with $600 in her pocket and drove across the country by herself. She says that she had two friends in Los Angeles when she first came out.
Her very first acting credit was HBO’s TV show “Tell Me You Love Me”, in which Jamie played a dancer. This earned her SAG (Screen Actors Guild Union) card. After that it was non-stop for Jamie as she went on to act in commercials, films and television shows. Jamie was most recently seen on NCIS: New Orleans, Season 4, Episode 3, titled “The Asset”, in which Jamie plays “Callie Tillford”, a grad student from the University of Tennessee, but who character Agent Pride, played by Scott Bakula, accuses of being a Russian sleeper agent. Jamie delivers a fight scene and an unbelievably powerful performance in an interrogation scene with Scott that has everyone talking.
Jamie’s leading role in the horror film “The 6th Friend”, which she also produced and co-wrote, has garnered her many Best Actress awards on the film festival circuit and the film has also won many Best Feature Film awards. The film looks to be released in 2018. She is also the lead in the much-anticipated sequel to one of the most notorious films ever made, the original 1978 film “I Spit on Your Grave”. The sequel is titled “I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu” and boasts the return of the original director Meir Zarchi and actress Camille Keaton. Of her other 70 completed works, are horror/adventure film “All Girls Weekend”, drama “State of Desolation”, and thriller “American Satan” starring Malcolm McDowell, which will be released in theaters October 13th.
Jamie is the recipient of the 2017 Best Actress Award from the Independent Cinema Foundation and Festival Academy for her work in film. The Lucky Strike Film Festival also awarded Jamie this year with the Rising Star Award.
Jamie loves reading books and writing. She is busy compiling a book of poetry for publication in the near future.