Emma Jaye Jacobs
27 May 1982
Street, Somerset, England
Emma Jaye Jacobs (born 27 May 1982), known professionally as Jaye Jacobs, is an English actress. She is best known for playing the roles of Donna Jackson in the BBC medical drama series Holby City from 2004 to 2011 and 2017 onwards and Sian Diamond in the BBC school drama series Waterloo Road from 2011 to 2013.
Jacobs was born in Street, Somerset. She was educated at Crispin School, where she became deputy head girl. She attended dance classes at the Joy Tinney School of dancing, where she landed several roles in their yearly musical, including the Lion in The Wizard of Oz. She subsequently trained at the Arts Educational School in London. While training, she supported herself by modelling shoes and underwear, working in an Indian restaurant, and making and selling jewellery.
In 2004, Jacobs joined the cast of the BBC medical drama series Holby City as fun-loving nurse, turned Ward Sister, Donna Jackson. In 2011, Jacobs left the show and the role of Donna Jackson. She reprised her role in June 2017.
In Autumn 2005, Jacobs appeared in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, dancing with professional partner Andrew Cuerden. However, the couple were eliminated in the second week of the contest and finished in 11th place on the show.
Soon after leaving Holby City, it was announced Jacobs had joined the cast of the BBC school drama Waterloo Road as new Deputy Head and Science Teacher Sian Diamond in the seventh series. In 2012, Jacobs decided to leave the show and made her last appearance on 28 February 2013.
From October 2014 – March 2018, Jacobs played the role of Amber on CBBC children's television program Millie Inbetween. However, due to her return to Holby City, she served as a recurring character in the fourth series.
- "Jaye goes from nurse to teacher as she joins cast of Waterloo Road". Central Somerset Gazette. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Jaye Jacobs discusses 'Holby City' exit - Holby City News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2012.