Famous Canadian actress Jill Hennessy is best known for her contribution in the popular TV series like Law & Order where she played the role of Claire Kincaid, the Assistant District Attorney. She also made subsequent appearances in other top-rated films, as well as sitcoms including the most recent 2019 TV series City on the Hill in which she played Jenny Rhodes. Furthermore, it is worthy to note that Hennessy is also multi-faceted in her skills as she is a thriving entrepreneur and musician.
Short Bio & Age
Jillian Noel Hennessy who was born in Edmonton, Alberta, has her birth date recorded as November 25, 1968, but irrespective of her age, Hennessy looks young and full of energy and can pass as a lady in her early forties. She schooled at Stanley Park Senior Public School and from there, she progressed to Grand River Collegiate Institute. Back in high school, Jill Hennessy started modeling and by the time she got to college, she started acting, thanks to her drama teacher for the motivation. Later on, she decided to learn how to play the guitar so that she could make some money from the voluntary contributions she would get from singing and playing on the streets of Toronto. Furthermore, she worked on her improvisational acting skill under intensive training from a company of entertainers in Toronto.
Jill Hennessy started off her career alongside her sister Jacqueline. They featured as Jack and Jill in Dead Ringers back in 1988 and after a couple of TV roles, she got nominated for the role of Dana Scully for the movie X Files, however, she didn’t get enough success from the film. Not long afterwards, she managed to step into a hit television series, Law & Order, in which she starred as Claire Kincaid. Her role ended in the third season after her character, Claire Kincaid died in an accident. Another major film for Hennessy was Crossing Jordan in which she was cast as Jordan Cavanaugh. Other movies she has featured in include RoboCop, Chutney Popcorn, Most Wanted, A Smile Like Yours Madam Secretary and recently, she was seen in the 2018 sitcom Bulls.
As a musician, Jill Hennessy released her first album in 2009 which she named Ghost in my Head and a second album followed 6 years later, in 2015 with the title I Do.
Jill Hennessy has amassed for herself, a net worth of a whopping $12 million which can be accounted for from her varied sources of income – as an actress, singer, and a co-owner of a restaurant.
Family, Twin Sister, Husband
The parents of this multitalented actress are John and Maxine Hennessy. Her father was a trader who was into the meat business and much of his time went into it. More so, he had to make several business trips and occasionally relocate which partly accounts for why Hennessy had lived in nine different states even before she clocked eighteen. Jill Hennessy is also known to have two siblings namely John Paul, who is her younger brother, and Jacqueline, her identical twin who was once into acting but she is currently a talented journalist and host on TV.
Hennessy’s parents separated when she was only 14 and her father, together with his mum – Hennesy’s Grandmother, had to join efforts in bringing her up in Ontario.
Jill Hennessy has a combination of backgrounds from her father, she has Irish, French, Swedish and Italian background and from her mother, she has a Ukrainian Roma and Austrian Background.
Jill Hennessy is the wife of the actor Paolo Mastropietro who like her also finds bike riding interesting and as such, they occasionally have fun together. Her marriage to Paolo Mastropietro is now 18 years old and counting. Paolo Mastropietro is a 54-year-old actor. He was born in New York, in the USA. Paolo was popularly known for his roles in Renegade Force 1998, Exit wounds 2001 and Cradle to the Grave 2003.
Hennessy and Paolo were not just lovers but also business partners before they got married. Hennessy loved cooking and Paolo had been a bartender before so, they both joined their skills to open a restaurant at New Jersey a year before they tied the knot. Their wedding was a low key ceremony, held on January 1, 2000, and was celebrated a second time the following year. Their second marriage ceremony took place at the New York City Hall, they had the Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani preside over the wedding. Presently, Jill Hennessy and her doting hubby have 2 boys namely Marco and Gianni.
Body Stats – Height
The multi-talented actress who stands at the height of 1.73m is known to keep a trim body figure with a recorded weight of 135 lbs, approximately 61 kg.