Nimmy March (Jess)

Diva (UK) - - Cover Story | Dif­fer­ent For Girls -

Her TV cred­its in­clude The Lenny Henry Show, Ca­su­alty, Com­mon As Muck, Easten­ders, and Death In Par­adise, to men­tion but a few. Her les­bian/ bi roles to­tal two: Thin Ice (1995) and now, DFG, in which Nimmy March plays Jess, sin­gle mother to her gor­geous son, Rafe. We first en­counter Jess when she meets up with an­other mum, Brooke (Rachel Shel­ley), who’s or­gan­is­ing the school’s win­ter fayre, to sup­port her and lis­ten to her ideas. Jess ap­pears to­wards the end of series one but we’re pretty sure we’ll be see­ingsee more of her in the sec­ond series...

I’m par­tic­ula par­tic­u­larly ex­cited [about DFG] be­cause I think it’s a very rare thing to see bi­sex­u­al­ity writ­ten and por­trayed in a way that’s not out­ra­geous and play­ful, as in [Chan­nel 4’s] Ba­nana or Cu­cum­ber. We don’t have to be mak­ing a state­ment, be out there, colour­ful, all de­signer this and drunk games that. My char­ac­ter Jess is bi­sex­ual. Jac­quie Lawrence has writ­ten her as a pretty reg­u­lar, fun, open woman. She was mar­ried to a man but has al­ways felt that she just falls for peo­ple re­gard­less of what body they’re in. She’s juicy, fairly non-judg­men­tal and very much in touch with her­self.

So, as a woman who’s had re­la­tion­ships with men and women, I feel that it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple like me are re­flected on-screen and it’s rare for that to hap­pen, es­pe­cially a mixed-race woman. And then there’s some­times an­other layer of com­plex­ity around non-het­ero­sex­ual men and women in the black com­mu­nity.

How­ever be­cause of prej­u­dice, mis­con­cep­tion, and odd ideas and per­cep­tions made up about folk who aren’t Cau­casian, and het­ero­sex­ual, real di­ver­sity is not go­ing to hap­pen un­less we have di­ver­sity amongst the pro­duc­ers, and ex­ec­u­tives who’re mak­ing the de­ci­sions. But they are still pre­dom­i­nantly white and male and mid­dle class, or fe­male, white and mid­dle class, and they con­se­quently re­flect who they are.

I don’t gen­er­ally think that a per­sons’ sex­u­al­ity is rel­e­vant to their work but that there is def­i­nitely a case for re­mind­ing folk that be­ing LGBT is not a job, it’s who and what we are, and we’re all over the place do­ing all sorts. That’s why I think it’s im­por­tant and won­der­ful that a prece­dent has been set in this pro­duc­tion and its re­ally ex­cit­ing to be work­ing with a crew of peo­ple who may be tran­si­tion­ing, peo­ple who are def­i­nitely gay, def­i­nitely les­bian, and that ac­tu­ally is very much part of their iden­tity, tity, anda in this pro­duc­tion there’s no need to hide. It’s so re­fresh­ing.

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