| Tessa de Josselin
13 April 1989 (aged 28)
Years of active
Tessa de Josselin was born in Narrabeen on 13 April 1989. She has an older brother, Paul. Tessa attended Manly High School and joined the Australian Theatre for Young People, where she received her first acting role in a production of Debra Oswald's Skate. She later enrolled at Sydney University, where she studied a combined arts and environmental sciences degree. She went on to work for the New South Wales Government and two grassroots organisations based in the Northern Beaches. Tessa has been surfing since she was six years old. She is a member of the North Narrabeen Boardriders team, who compete in the Australian women's Surf Tag Championships. She also has a black belt in Taekwondo.
After she grew unhappy with her job as an environmental planner, de Josselin joined an acting agency. After a guest appearance in Tricky Business, Tessa was cast in the lead role of Samantha "Sam" Hazelton in the children's drama In Your Dreams. The series is shot in both Australia and Germany, and the second season aired in 2014. Tessa also appeared in two short films, Drift and Nerds in Love.
In late 2014, de Josselin joined the cast of soap opera Home and Away as Billie Ashford, the younger sister of established character Martin Ashford (played by George Mason). She made her first screen appearance on 27 April 2015. Tessa admitted to a TV Week writer that she had found some of Billie's storylines "challenging", particularity an arc where Billie falsely accused another character of sexual assault. The actress departed the show in 2016 and Billie's exit storyline aired in February 2017.
2015 saw Tessa make recurring appearances in the teen drama Ready for This as "roller-derby enthusiast" Macy. Macy is also a lesbian, and Tessa was pleased with the development, commenting that "there aren't many gay roles being written for young adults on commercial tv." Tessa also appeared as Anna Conigrave in the Neil Armfield directed film Holding the Man, alongside Ryan Corr and Guy Pearce. Following her departure from Home and Away, Tessa joined the cast of SBS crime thriller Dead Lucky, alongside Rachel Griffiths.
- (2013) Drift - Pele
- (2013) Nerds In Love - Jess
- (2015) Holding the Man - Anna Conigrave
- (2012) Tricky Business - Krista
- (2013-2015) In Your Dreams - Sam
- (2015) Ready For This - Macy
- (2015-2017) Home and Away - Billie Ashford
- (2018-present) Dead Lucky - TBA
- Tessa de Josselin and former Home and Away, Guy Pearce, who played David Croft, starred in Holding the Man, playing father and daughter, Dick and Anna Conigrave.