Jade has always wanted to be an actor. She attended acting classes as a child, but the course of her career hasn’t always been smooth.
In 2016, struggling to get parts in the UK, she was working at three mundane jobs. Home for Christmas, wanting to try something new, she started filming her 89-year-old Nanny.
“I just sat and talked to her,” she says. “I got hours of footage.”
Three years ago, Jade moved back to Ireland and founded an acting school for children. But in lockdown, she didn’t know what to do.
“I looked through the videos, then got funding for a short film which I based on an incident from my nanny’s life. It was shown at the Galway Film Festival.”
When George Floyd died in May 2020, Jade, felt wounded.
“I felt compelled to do something,” she says.
She asked her Mam questions about her experiences of being mixed race and posted her answers on Instagram.
“There was an amazing response.”
An editor contacted Jade and suggested she write a memoir from three generational voices.
“It happened very fluidly,” she says.
Best known for her parts in the Virtues, Rosie, and You Are Not My Mother, Jade has a part in a TV series which is in post-production.
Who is Jade Jordan?
Date of birth: 1988 in Dublin
Education: Coolmine Community School; Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Theatre Studies. A Drama School in London. “I don’t want to name it.” Bow Street Academy, Acting for Screen.
Home: Dublin for last 3 years.
Family: Me, Mam, my sister Pariss.
The Day Job: Actor and Facilitator at Acting School.
In Another Life: “I love fashion. I’d work as a buyer.”
Favourite Writers: James Joyce; Conor McPherson; Shakespeare; WB Yeats; Oscar Wilde. Maya Angelou.
Second Book: “I don’t know if I’ll write one.”
Top Tip: “Good work hurts. If it feels overwhelming trust that you can do it.”
The Debut: Nanny, Ma & Me. €17.44. Kindle: €6.44.
Jade’s grandmother Kathleen married a Jamaican man in London. They had three children, and on returning to Ireland discovered that their skin colour was an issue. This memoir tells the differing stories of Kathleen, her daughter Dominique and Jade herself.
The Verdict: An interesting story well told.
Published in the Irish Examiner on 11th September
© Sue J Leonard. 2021