Jenna was born and raised in Liverpool. From a young age her ambition has been to work in television and her love of writing led her down the screenwriting path. At the age of 17, whilst studying her A Levels and working as an extra on Hollyoaks, Jenna suffered a life-threatening illness and spent months on a critical care unit. Due to a lengthy recovery, her plans of studying screenwriting at university had to be put on hold.
Jenna eventually returned to her studies, attending Liverpool John Moores University in 2010, graduating with a BA Hons in Screenwriting and Film Production. Whilst there, she gained experience working for MoFilm at the Cannes Lions Festival, as well as working for Kudos as a runner on the Channel 4 production Utopia.
Two years later, newly married with a two-month-old son, Jenna returned to LJMU to study her Masters in Screenwriting, graduating with a first.
Jenna and her husband now have two young sons. She is currently working on her portfolio of screenplays, including two feature scripts. She regularly enters screenwriting contests and has been shortlisted in several competitions.
“I am honoured to have been selected as this year’s winner. I would like to thank Channel 4 and Lime Pictures for awarding me this fantastic opportunity to be mentored by the talented team at Hollyoaks. I look forward to working hard in the exciting year ahead.”