Jessie Prescott
Full name

Jessica Prescott


Bessie (by Mrs. Chesterfield)



Date of birth

October 14, 1993



Resides in

Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York


Nanny, musician, play writer, struggling actress, Empire Skate Building employee

Eye color


Hair color

Light Brown (Season 1)
Red (Season 2)
Bright Red (Season 3)


Lt. Colonel John Wayne "J.W." Prescott (father)
Mrs. Prescott (mom; deceased)
Unnamed grandmother
Unnamed Sister (mentioned in One Day Wonders)
Colonel Shannon (stepmother)
Darla (stepsister)
Caleb Shannon (stepbrother)


Tony Chiccolini (ex-boyfriend)
Brooks (future fiancée)
Other boyfriends


Tony Chiccolini (ex-boyfriend, in love with)
Emma Ross
Ravi Ross
Luke Ross
Zuri Ross
Christina Ross
Morgan Ross
Shaylee Michaels (Best Friend)
Bertram Winkle (sometimes)


Military school in Texas (former)



Portrayed by

Debby Ryan

Jessie Prescott , an idealistic and resourceful girl from the military base of Fort Hood, Texas. As a recent high school graduate rebelling against her strict father who wanted her to join the Army, Jessie moved to New York City to realize her dreams of stardom, but with an unexpected turn of events ends up becoming a nanny to the four Ross children. Even though at times both Jessie and the Ross kids can annoy each other, they all deeply care for one another and Jessie is even shown to be sometimes overprotective. In the episode "Cattle Calls & Scary Walls" her last name is revealed to be Prescott. She mentions her father in numerous episodes. In the episode "Make New Friends But Hide the Old", she reveals that she is an only child. Jessie also has a complicated love life, as seen prominently in "Break-Up and Shape-Up", when one of Jessie's old boyfriends, Ted, is in New York City, and she starts to have romantic feelings for him again, making Tony jealous in the process, while Jessie is also jealous of Tony training a pretty old friend of his, Vic, in a doorman—or "doorwoman" position. At the end of the episode, Jessie and Tony break up mutually, believing the spark is gone in their relationship. Her mother has never been seen, but is mentioned in "G.I. Jessie" when she tells a story of how her mother would drive her to school in a tank. When Emma asks what she was like, as Jessie never really spoke of her, Jessie fondly tells her how her mother was the best and how they did everything together. When her father announces he's getting remarried, Jessie feels betrayed as she believes that is the only reason her father invited her to stay on the base for the weekend, not to patch things up between them and the two get into an argument. However, Jessie later warms up to the idea of her father remarrying as she wants him to be happy, just like her mother always wanted Jessie to be happy by following her dreams.

Jessie Prescott is portrayed by Debby Ryan.