Joanna Page

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Joanna Page
Born Joanna Louise Page
(1978-03-23) 23 March 1978 (age 36)
Treboeth, Swansea, Wales
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) James Thornton (m. 2003)
Children Eva Madelief Russell Thornton (b. 2013)

Joanna Louise Page (born 23 March 1978) is a Welsh actress, best known for her role as Stacey in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey.[1]

Early life[edit]

Page was born in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales, the only child of garage mechanic and financial services worker Susan Angela (née Foster) and Nigel Leslie Page.[2] She attended Mynyddbach Comprehensive School, where she was head girl. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998.[3]

Career[edit]

On graduation from RADA, Page spent ten years in stage-based roles, mainly costume dramas for the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.[2] This led to appearances in film productions, including From Hell, Mine All Mine, Love Actually and Miss Julie. She also starred as Mark Owen's love interest in his music video for "Makin' Out".

Page came to wider public attention after taking a leading role in the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, playing the main part of Stacey. On 23 November 2007, she turned on the Christmas lights in Barry,[4] the town where Gavin & Stacey is partly set and filmed.

Page had a leading role in the 2001 BBC drama production, The Cazalets, about a disparate well to do English family during the Second World War. In 2009, Page provided the voice-overs for a series of Kingsmill bread TV and radio advertisements and the Christmas TV advertising campaign for the Carphone Warehouse. In December, she was the cover star of FHM.[5] During Christmas 2009, Page played the role of Cinderella in pantomime in Woking, a role she played a year earlier in Wimbledon. The following year, she played the role of Alice Fritzwareen in Dick Whittington at the Milton Keynes Theatre.[citation needed]

In 2010, she hosted Sky 1 show My Pet Shame. In October, she became the new face of Superdrug.[6] From May 2011, Page provided the voice of the lead character in Nick Jr. UK's pre-school animation, Poppy Cat. In 2012, Page played Leanne Powell in the BBC One drama series The Syndicate, Helen Pearson in the Sky Living comedy Gates, and Mrs Peterson in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.

In November 2013, Page starred as Queen Elizabeth I in "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

Personal life[edit]

Page is married to English actor James Thornton. The couple live in Oxfordshire.[2] They both appeared in the 1999 TV serial David Copperfield (Page as Dora Spenlow and Thornton as Ham Peggotty). They were introduced a year later by Page's friend Maxine Peake, who was appearing alongside Thornton in the Royal National Theatre's stage adaptation of The Cherry Orchard.[2]

At the age of 28, Page was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, for which she takes daily medication.[2] She is an ambassador for veterinary charity PDSA, and raises funds for Breast Cancer Care after her mother was diagnosed with and cured of the disease.[2]

On 13 September 2012, Page announced via her Twitter page that she and Thornton were expecting their first child[7] and on 15 February 2013, she gave birth to a daughter.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Cazalets Zoe
2004 Mine All Mine Candy Vivaldi
2004 Making Waves OM Rosie Bowen
2005 To the Ends of the Earth Marion Chumley
2005 Gideon's Daughter Diane
2008 Love Soup Heather Series 2, Episode 10
2009 Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie Herself Series 5, Episode 3
2007–2010 Gavin & Stacey Stacey Shipman (née West)
2009 Mist: Sheepdog Tales Fly Series 3, 6 Episodes, Voice only
2010 Would I Lie to You? Herself
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple "The Blue Geranium"
2010 My Pet Shame Host
2011 Bedlam Maria
2011 White Van Man Kat Series 1, Episode 2
2011–present Poppy Cat Poppy Cat Voice only
2012 The Syndicate Leanne Powell
2012 Gates Helen Pearson
2013–present Q Pootle 5 Oopsy Voice only
2013 Doctor Who Queen Elizabeth I 1 episode, "The Day of the Doctor"
2013 Breathless Lily Enderbury

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Miss Julie Servant
1999 David Copperfield Dora Spenlow
2001 Very Annie Mary Bethan Bevan
2001 From Hell Ann Crook
2001 The Lost World Gladys
2003 Love Actually Judy
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill Babs Carter
2012 Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger Mrs. Peterson

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Fat Pig Jeannie
2009 Cinderella Cinderella
2010 Dick Whittington Alice Fritzwarren
2011 Private Lives Sibyl

Radio advertisments[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Kingsmill advert Narrator
2009 Carphone Warehouse advert Narrator
2012 Sun Bingo advert Narrator

Recognition and awards[edit]

Page was nominated for Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grant, Olly (14 September 2008). "On the Move: Joanna Page – Times Online". timesonline.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Catherine O' Brien (5 August 2012). "Joanna Page, 'Gavin would never work for me in real life'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Hussain, Ali (13 July 2008). "Fame and Fortune: Joanna Page". The Times (London: News Corporation). Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ FHM Cover. Fhm.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ "Superdrug makes TV comeback with a new ad". Marketing Week. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Happy news! James + I are delighted to announce we're expecting a baby! X" on Twitter. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/jopage_/status/303110078385487873
  9. ^ "The British Sitcom Guide – News". Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

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