A native of Northern Ireland, Jayne Wisener got he break in the United States in 2007 with a prominent role in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Nineteen-years-old at the time, Wisener was in initially turned down for the role of 15-year-old Johana due to the age difference between her and the character. As Wisener put it, however, this would be the one time that looking young for her age paid off in the acting world. She was eventually awarded the part, which kick-started her career in the U.S. and eventually led to such gigs as a role in upcoming period piece Jane Eyre, out this week.
A word from Jayne: “It was amazing. I was like ‘I’m going to audition for a Tim Burton film.’ I couldn’t believe it.”