The name Jayma Mays will most certainly ring a bell to lovers of the Fox hit series, Glee. For those who may have never come across the star’s name, she is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Emma Pillsbury in the Fox musical series. Jayma was a member of the main cast of the show before it hit its fourth season where she began making guest appearances. She has since been proving herself as an important talent to watch.
Apart from her work on Glee, this pretty actress featured in NBC’s sci-fi series, Heroes, as Charlie Andrews. She has also displayed her acting abilities in shows like The Millers, Six Feet Under, How I Met Your Mother, Ghost Whisperer, Stacked, Ugly Betty, among many others. Her venture into film has seen her feature in movies like Red Eye, Blind Guy Driving, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Epic Movie, and The Smurfs.
Her more recent role is the character of prosecutor Carol Anne Keane on the NBC sitcom, Trial and Error; a show she has been starring in since March 2017. Jayma also appeared in the music video of Awakening; the single by Switchfoot.
It’s quite obvious that she has been doing well for herself. But, what’s the story behind this actress? Who is the Jayma Mays beneath the pretty actress and singer we have come to know her to be? We are about to find out.
Who Is Jayma Mays?
The Glee star may have been born in Bristol, Tennessee, but she spent her childhood in Grundy, Virginia. Her full name is Jamia Suzette Mays. She falls under the list of celebrities born in 1979 as her birth date is July 16, 1979.
At the age of 15, she worked at a local radio station where her job was to read obituaries. After finishing from Grundy High School in 1997, she earned herself an associate degree at Southwest Virginia Community College. Jayma did not stop there. She went ahead to attend Virginia Tech and after spending just a year there, she transferred to Radford University. She ended up gaining a degree in Theatre from the University in 2000 and relocated to California to fully pursue her dreams.
Jayma’s first dig into acting was getting herself involved in an internship with Timothy Busfield, an actor of the 1987 TV series, Thirtysomething. Her on-screen debut came in 2004 with her role on the TV show, Joey. She made her film debut in the 2005 movie, Red Eye. 2009 witnessed Jayma rise to stardom when she landed the role of Emma Pillsbury on the musical series, Glee.
Jayma Mays has also been involved in charity. In August 2014, she participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to help spread awareness about the ALS disease.
Her Husband (Adam Campbell) and Kids
Jayma Mays is happily married to fellow actor, Andrew Campbell. He was born on August 19, 1980, in Bath, Somerset, England. Andrew has appeared in films like Date Night and Epic Movie. He has also starred in shows like the Emmy-nominated comedy series, Unbreakable.
It was on the set of Epic Movie that he met the pretty Jayma Mays and from there, an intimate relationship ensued between the two. The lovebirds took a journey down the altar on October 28, 2007. Their union has survived over a decade and continues to grow without the stain of a scandal. Sometime in early 2016, it was revealed that the lovely couple had a baby on the way. The duo welcomed their first child, a son they named Jude in August 2016.
There is still nothing on who Jayma Mays dated before finding her Mr. Right in Andrew Campbell.
Jayma Mays’ Family (Parents and Siblings)
Jayma’s father goes by the names, James Edwin Mays. He was a teacher at Grundy Senior High School for 7 years. Subsequently, he began working in the coal mining industry where he worked for 25 years before retiring. James Mays resides in Bristol with his wife, Jayma’s mother, Susan Paulette (née Norris). It is easy to see where Jayma’s middle name, Suzette, stems from. Not much is known about Susan.
Jayma is reported to have grown up with an older brother and a sister. Their names and the details of their lives are yet to hit the public. The actress is of English, Scottish, Welsh and German descent.