Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh
14 January 1963
Adjoa Andoh (born 14 January 1963) is a British film, television, stage and radio actress. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre. She is also 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 (née Kierney); and a year in the BBC's EastEnders. She played Lady Danbury in the Netflix limited series Bridgerton. Andoh is the voice of the audio book version of Alexander McCall Smith's “How to Raise an Elephant” released in 2020, from the series of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels.
Andoh was a member of the BBC's Radio Drama Company. Her 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 "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").
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 and Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch Series trilogy (although not all of the US editions), as well as Julia Jarman's children's books, The Jessame Stories and More Jessame Stories. She is also known for narrating the audio book version of Nnedi Okorafor's novel Lagoon with Ben Onwukwe, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah. She narrated The Power by Naomi Alderman, former President Barack Obama’s favorite book of 2017. Her career in audio dramas has included the Voice of Planet B in the science fiction series Planet B on BBC Radio 7. In 2004, she was cast in the video game Fable.
She can be seen in cinemas as Chief of Staff Brenda Mazibuko opposite Morgan Freeman's Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's drama film Invictus. 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.
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); Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine and The Odyssey (RSC); Sugar Mummies and Breath Boom (Royal Court); Richard II (Globe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic); Blood Wedding (Almeida); Nights at the Circus, The Dispute and Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith); Julius Caesar (The Bridge); Purgatorio (Arcola); The Vagina Monologues (Criterion); Starstruck (Tricycle) and In The Red and Brown Water (Young Vic).
Andoh was born in Clifton, Bristol. Her mother, a teacher, was English, and her father was a journalist and musician from Ghana. Andoh grew up in Wickwar in Gloucestershire, and attended Katharine Lady Berkeley's School. She started studying law at Bristol Polytechnic, but left after two years to pursue her acting career. She and her husband, lecturer Howard Cunnell, have three children.
|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|
|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 Kierney/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"|
|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 episodes: "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.|
|2014||Wizards vs. Aliens||Old Bethesta||The two-part story "Daughters of Stone".|
|2015||Broadchurch||Julie||Recurring character, 1 episode (to date)|
|2015||Cucumber||Marie||Recurring character, 2 episodes (to date)|
|2015–2020||Thunderbirds Are Go||Colonel Casey||Recurring character|
|2016||Line of Duty||Prosecutor||2 episodes: "The Process", "Snake Pit"|
|2018||Death in Paradise||Celeste Jones||1 episode: "Dark Memories" S7: E7|
|2020||Silent Witness||DI Nina Rosen||2 Episodes "Deadhead"|
|1991||The Blade of the Poisoner||Dorina||Carver's target|
|2009||Planet B||Voice of Planet B||Narrator of the series|
|2019||The Archers||Fiona Lloyd||Alistair's sister|
|2004||Fable (2004 video game)|
|2008||Age of Conan|
|2010||Dante's Inferno (video game)||Background Shades / Innocents of Acre / Semiramis|
|2012||The Secret World||Zhara / Additional Voices|
|2012||Fable: The Journey|
|2014||Dreamfall Chapters||Shepherd / Mother Utana / Adala|
|2017||Horizon Zero Dawn||Sona / Cpl. Vandana Sarai|
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- "Lagoon". Hodder & Stoughton. 10 April 2014.
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- Kay, Jackie (30 March 2019). "Richard II and me: my friend Adjoa Andoh was born to play the king". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- "New Readers admitted and licensed" (PDF). The Bridge. Anglican Diocese of Southwark. November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "Combining two very different worlds" (PDF). The Bridge. Anglican Diocese of Southwark. November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "The Archers", Radio Times.
- Adjoa Andoh at IMDb
- "What determines who we are? | Adjoa Andoh | TEDxBermuda". TEDx Talks, 8 December 2014.