Rebecca Jones had a troubled history on Chicago Fire. The character came from a family of firefighters, but she constantly had to prove herself to her father, who felt that she had no business working in the field.
Jones’ stint may have been relatively short when compared to some of the other characters, but her refusal to bend the knee to veterans like Severide (Taylor Kinney) or Casey (Jesse Spencer) ensured that she was effortlessly memorable.
Here’s what fans need to know about the character and actor who plays her.
Jones death on Chicago Fire
Daisy Betts plays Jones. Like her former co-star, Jesse Spencer, Betts hails from Australia, and got her start on television. She had brief parts on shows like Sea Patrol and All Saints, before landing a breakout role on the 2010 drama series Persons Unknown (opposite the late Chadwick Boseman).
Betts joined the Chicago Fire cast in 2014, and won praise for her complex portrayal of Jones. Not only was the character a refreshing change of pace from the established cast, but her handling of themes like familial resentment and depression made her an important outlet for the writers.
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Fire showrunner Matt Olmstead shed light on the decision to axe Jones during an interview with TV Guide. He explained that the character’s suicide was indicative of the kind of randomness that affects people in real life.
"“A lot of times, there is no logic to why this tragedy happened, and people struggle to find the logic to make themselves feel better to get some kind of order to what happened”, he said. “Sometimes it’s not forthcoming, so there’s bread crumbs we put down there, but also we were willing to embrace the fact that sometimes it’s just a tragic event that you may never wrap your head around.”"
Since her departure, Betts has continued to find success on the small screen. She had guest spots on Castle and The Player, and main role in the 2017 TV film Keiks & Gigi.
The actor also has two children with her husband Paul Miller, a professional boxer best known for representing Sydney at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Chicago Fire returns in 2022 on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 9/8c on NBC. Catch up on the season so far on Hulu.