Nimmy March (Jess)
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.