Adjoa Andoh

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Adjoa Andoh
Born Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh
14 January 1963 (age 51)
Bristol, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984 - Present

Adjoa Andoh (born 14 January 1963) is a British film, television, stage and radio actress of Ghanaian descent. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and is a familiar face on British television (notably in two series of Doctor Who as companion Martha's mother Francine Jones, 90 episodes of the BBC's long-running medical drama Casualty as Staff Nurse (later Sister) Colette Griffiths and a year in the BBC's EastEnders). Andoh is the voice of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; she won "Audio Book of the Year" for Tea Time for the Traditionally Built.

She made her Hollywood debut in Autumn 2009 starring as Nelson Mandela's Chief of Staff Brenda Mazibuko alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus.

Career[edit]

Andoh's television credits include Casualty (she played Colette Griffiths (née Kierney) from 2000 until 2003), Jonathan Creek, EastEnders (where she played jazz singer Karen, the lodger of Rachel Kominski in 1991), and The Tomorrow People (where she played Amanda James in the story The Rameses Connection in 1995).

She has appeared in Doctor Who a number of times: in 2006 as Sister Jatt in series 2 episode "New Earth" and as Nurse Albertine in the audio drama Year of the Pig. In 2007, she appeared in several episodes of the third series ("Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "42", "The Sound of Drums", and "The Last of the Time Lords") as Francine Jones, the mother of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). She reprised her role in the finale of series 4 ("The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End").

Andoh's other television work includes playing the head of M.I.9 in Series 3 to Series 5 of M.I. High and D.C.I. Ford in Missing.

She is also known for narrating the audio book versions of Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of detective novels, as well as Julia Jarman's children's books, The Jessame Stories and More Jessame Stories. Her career in audio dramas has included the Voice of Planet B in Planet B on BBC Radio 7. In 2004, she was cast in the video game Fable.

Andoh also appeared in Noel Clarke's 2008 film Adulthood as the mother of Clarke's character, Sam Peel.

She can be seen in cinemas as Chief of Staff Brenda Maziubo opposite Morgan Freeman's Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus.[1] The film tells of how Mandela brought the Afrikaner population on side for Project Rainbow Nation through his support and inspiration for the 1995 World Cup-winning South African Springbok rugby union team, and his moving relationship with team captain Francois Pienaar, played by Matt Damon. Andoh describes the filming experience as extremely positive, saying that it was unlike any set she had ever filmed on.[2]

Theatrical work[edit]

Andoh has worked extensively in the theatre. Her credits include His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens and The Revenger's Tragedy at the National Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre Studio); Tamburlaine and The Odyssey (RSC); Sugar Mummies and Breath Boom (Royal Court); Blood Wedding (Almeida); Nights at the Circus, The Dispute and Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith); Purgatorio (Arcola); The Vagina Monologues (Criterion); Starstruck (Tricycle) and In The Red and Brown Water (Young Vic).

Personal life[edit]

In 2001 Andoh married Howard Cunnell, an author and university lecturer. They have two daughters and a son.

In October 2009 Andoh was licensed as a Reader (a lay preacher) in the Church of England.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 London South West Marion
1995 What My Mother Told Me Jesse
2004 Every Time You Look at Me Mrs. Berry
2007 The Shadow in the North Jessie Saxon
2008 Adulthood Mrs Peel
2009 Invictus Brenda Mazibuko

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 EastEnders Karen 1 episode, dated 14 November 1991
1992-2004 The Bill Mrs. Hughes, Diana Holt, Mrs. Baptiste 3 episodes: "A Blind Eye", "Grey Area", "236"
1992 Waiting for God Dr. Angela Avery 1 episode: "Sleeping Pills"
1993, 2000-2003 Casualty Maggie (1 episode, 1993), Colette Griffiths 73 episodes
1994 The Brittas Empire Reporter 1 episode: "High Noon"
1995 Health and Efficiency Sister Beth Williams 2 episodes: "The Old Dope Peddler", "Five Have Plenty of Fun"
The Tomorrow People Amanda Jones 3 episodes
1996 Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's... Defence Counsel 1 episode: "Twelve Angry Men"
Testament: The Bible in Animation Ruth 1 episode (Voice)
1997 Peak Practice Dr. Nixon 2 episodes: "Letting Go", "The Price"
1998 Close Relations April Mini-Series
A Rather English Marriage Mandy Hulme TV movie
1999 Jonathan Creek Anthea Spacey 1 episode: "The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish"
2006 Doctor Who Sister Jatt 1 episode: "New Earth"
2007-2008 Doctor Who Francine Jones 7 episodes: "Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "42", "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords", "The Stolen Earth", "Journey's End"
2007 Wire in the Blood Celeste Davies 1 episode: "The Colour of Amber"
2009-2011 M.I. High Head of MI9 Recurring character
2009 Missing DCI Lauren Ford Recurring character, 3 episodes
2011 Scott & Bailey Janice Guest star
Law & Order: UK Pathologist Recurring character, 3 episode
2012 Julius Caesar Portia TV movie. Made by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the BBC.

Selected radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Blade of the Poisoner Dorina Carver's target
2009 Planet B Voice of Planet B Narrator of the series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellaway, Kate (24 January 2010). "Adjoa Andoh on her star role in Invictus". The Observer. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Invictus: Interview - Adjoa Andoh". Trailer Addict. 
  3. ^ "New Readers admitted and licensed". The Bridge. Anglican Diocese of Southwark. November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Combining two very different worlds". The Bridge. Anglican Diocese of Southwark. November 2010. 

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