Jacqueline Mary Osborne (née Jossa)[1] (born 29 October 1992)[2] is an English actress. She is known for portraying Lauren Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. In 2019, Jossa won the nineteenth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

Jacqueline Jossa
Jossa in 2016
Jacqueline Mary Jossa

(1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 31)
Bexley, England
Years active2010–present
(m. 2017)
RelativesMegan Jossa (cousin)
Ciara Watling (cousin)

Early life


Jossa was born on 29 October 1992 in Bexley.[3] She trained at D&B Theatre School in Bromley, followed by the Royal Academy of Music in London.[2] She has one older sister, Katrina, and two older brothers who died in infancy.[4] She is the cousin of former EastEnders actress Megan Jossa.[5]





Jossa was cast in EastEnders in 2010 as Lauren Branning,[6] Jossa was reportedly "excited" to join the show, saying she has always been a fan.[6] Her first appearance was on 27 September 2010.[7] Jossa also appeared in Lauren's internet spin-off series, Lauren's Diaries, with two series in 2010 and 2011.[8] In September 2017, it was revealed that Jossa would be leaving EastEnders after seven years alongside on-screen sister, Lorna Fitzgerald.[9] Their exit was a decision made by the new temporary producer John Yorke. A spokesperson for the soap said, "We can confirm that Jacqueline and Lorna will be leaving EastEnders. They have both been wonderful to work with and we wish them all the best for the future". Jossa's exit scenes aired on 16 February 2018.[10]

Jossa returned to the show in December 2022 for the episode that saw the funeral of Lauren's step-grandmother Dot Cotton (June Brown), before departing again in the following episode.[11][12] Jossa made a previously unannounced appearance in the episode broadcast on 22 June 2023 that accommodated the permanent return of alongside Peter Beale (Thomas Law).[13] In October 2023, it was confirmed that Jossa will be returning to EastEnders permanently.[14]

Other ventures


In 2013, she appeared as a panellist on the BBC Three comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff.[15]

In November 2019, Jossa was a contestant on the nineteenth series of the ITV reality TV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[16] She subsequently won the show, and was crowned 'Queen of the Jungle'.[17][18]

Jossa's current role includes advertising products on social media as an influencer. In June 2022, the Advertising Standards Agency publicly reprimanded her for not disclosing financial connections with advertisers.[19]

Personal life


On 24 June 2017, Jossa married television personality Dan Osborne.[20] They have two daughters together, born in 2015 and 2018 respectively.[21] Her cousin, Ciara Watling, is a Northern Ireland international footballer.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2018, 2022–present EastEnders Lauren Branning Regular role
2019 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself Winner (season 19)

Awards and nominations


Jossa was nominated in the category of "Best Soap Newcomer" at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.[23] On 25 January 2012 Jossa won "Best Newcomer" at the National Television Awards.[24] She was shortlisted in the category "Sexiest Female" in the British Soap Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but lost to Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) of Coronation Street.[25] In 2013, Jossa was nominated for Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards which she later won. She was also nominated for Best Storyline in 2013 for "Lauren's struggle with alcohol", and for ‘Sexiest Female’ in four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.

Year Ceremony Award Work Result
2011 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Newcomer EastEnders Shortlisted
2012 National Television Awards Best Newcomer Won
2012 All About Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2012 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2012 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2012 Inside Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2013 National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Longlisted
2013 All About Soap Awards Best Stunt: Joey and Lauren's Crash Shortlisted
2013 All About Soap Awards Forbidden Lovers: Joey and Lauren Shortlisted
2013 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Won
2013 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Storyline: Lauren's Struggle With Alcohol Shortlisted
2014 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2014 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Won
2015 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2016 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Won


  1. ^ Specter, Francesca (3 July 2017). "'Mr and Mrs'! Jacqueline Osborne posts a radiant selfie with new husband Dan". Metro. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jacqueline Jossa". D&B School of Performing Arts. Retrieved 6 August 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ Nurden, John (5 January 2016). "Eastenders star Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Lauren Branning, spotted in Sheerness and Queenborough". Kent Online. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ McCreesh, Louise (30 March 2018). "EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa shares support for cot death charity for sister's fundraising campaign". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ Hardingham-Gill, Tamara (7 August 2015). "Courtney Mitchell from EastEnders is all grown up now". Metro. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (6 August 2010). "New actress to play Lauren in 'Enders". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (September 2010). "Ryan and Janine face a big crisis". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 April 2011). "'EastEnders' Pics: New 'Lauren's Diaries' episode". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  9. ^ Percival, Ash (10 September 2019). "'EastEnders' Spoilers: Jacqueline Jossa And Lorna Fitzgerald To Leave As Lauren And Abi Branning". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  10. ^ Harp, Justin (16 February 2019). "EastEnders viewers say goodbye to Lauren Branning as Jacqueline Jossa leaves the show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  11. ^ "EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa returns to the soap for special appearance". Digital Spy. 3 October 2022.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Duncan (16 February 2018). "EastEnders Spoilers: Lauren Branning exits Walford without Josh Hemmings". Metro. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  13. ^ Dainty, Sophie (22 June 2023). "EastEnders airs surprise Lauren Branning return – but is she here to stay?". Digital Spy.
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  15. ^ "BBC Three – Sweat the Small Stuff, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  16. ^ Harp, Justin (11 November 2019). "I'm a Celebrity cast confirmed as Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and more join". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
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  18. ^ "Jacqueline Jossa wins I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!". BBC News. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Non-compliant social media influencers - ASA | CAP". 24 July 2022. Archived from the original on 24 July 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  20. ^ "Jacqueline Jossa and Daniel Osborne get married in fairytale wedding – Mirror Online". Daily Mirror. 24 June 2017. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa gives birth to her second child with Dan Osborne". Digital Spy. 25 June 2018. Archived from the original on 8 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa reveals the one thing she had to sacrifice while on the show". digistalspy.com. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  23. ^ Wrightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 – Nominees". Digital Spy. (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  24. ^ Fletcher, Alex (25 January 2012). "National Television Awards winners list – In full". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  25. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 April 2012). "British Soap Awards 2012 – winners in full – Soaps News – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
Preceded by I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Winner & Queen of the Jungle

Succeeded by
Giovanna Fletcher (only as Winner as Giovanna is Queen of the Castle. Jill Scott as "Queen of the Jungle" )