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Joanna Pickering
Occupation Actress, Writer, Model
Nationality British
Years active 2003 to present

Joanna Pickering is a British-born actress, writer and model based in New York City. She played the lead role in Kubricks directed by Dean Cavanagh and produced by Alan McGee.

Early life[edit]

Pickering was born in North East England. She was awarded a scholarship[1] to study at La Sagesse convent school.[2] At sixteen, she was accepted into Central High School and went on to University of Stirling graduating with a BSc in pure mathematics.[2][1] She trained in method acting for stage and camera at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.[2] During this time she worked as a fashion model as well as taking bit roles in UK television such as the Chris Morris show Nathan Barley,[3] radio shows, and theatre work.



Pickering's first full role was playing the leading actor in the London produced play "The Thief" which aired on London independent arts radio station Resonance FM in 2007.[4] She has played lead roles in British indie horror,[5] was the lead actress for award-winning Swedish directors Fabian Svensson and Jens Klevje[6] in their debut movie "Party On Ice" (filmed in Malmo, Sweden), as well as starring in "Leave Yourself Alone" which was selected for the 2016 official new film makers selection at The Anthology Film Archives, New York City,[7][8] and a small role in the British comedy Svengali which stars Martin Freeman.[9]

Pickering was the lead actress for the film Kubricks written and directed by Dean Cavanagh and produced by Alan McGee.[3][10][11] It was filmed on location in Wales in 2012[12][13][10][11] and screened in 2014 in the UK and US.[14] In an interview in June 2012 for Zani Magazine, Pickering stated, "I don't know how it will turn out, a genuine experiment it seems, but the experience was absolutely positive."[2] Pickering also declared they had "broken every rule of film making by the end of the first afternoon"[2] and describing it as "a working metaphor for quantum (mechanics)."[15]

At the end of 2012, filming on location in Berlin[16], Pickering portrayed the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. This filming contributed to "The Filmballad of MamaDada" which was shown at The Whitney Museum, New York City, as a directorial collective film about The Baroness[3] and screened at Copenhagen International Documentary Festival.[17]

In 2013 Pickering was cast for a lead role in the production of "Mersey Boys" centred around The Beatles before they reach fame.[18] Mersey Boys also cast Pickering for the off-broadway play.[18] Film news noted her as a "rising British film star"[19] and in Downtown magazine the writer of the original novel claimed her as "the standout talent."[18] Beatles Magazine described her as portraying the sexiest character ever created.[20]

In 2014 she was cast to play the lead role in a British independent horror film shot in Manchester[5] and screened in UK in 2015[21].

In 2015 Pickering successfully auditioned for director Aleksey Burago and was offered a scholarship opportunity with the Russian Arts Theater Studio[22] in New York.[16]


In March 2013, Pickering performed her own creative writing, airing on live radio for "The Fall of Babylon" show on Resonance FM in London.[23]

Her diaries from travelling between 2009 and 2011 were self published and reviewed in "Louder Than War" and "Zani magazine" and by journalist Innes Reekie.[3]

Modelling and fashion[edit]

Pickering's modelling work has included editorial, cat walk, LA/NYC fashion week, front covers for magazines such as UK's Who's Jack magazine, WAD magazine, and bikini model for surf company Rip Curl.[24]

Pickering cites in a 2012 feature interview with Zani Magazine that writing and acting is her preference over modelling, as well as preferring to choose low budget, indie art, and experimental films, often with heavy use of improvisation over many commercial avenues.[2] However, on 11 March 2013, Pickering agreed to model/represent "See me not my label"—a company working with the Mind (charity) for removing stigma attached with mental disorders and raising awareness and funds.[24] In 2014 she was the model for Swedish designer Cecilia Lundqvist in London.[24]

Pickering has worked with designer Diane von Fürstenberg.[25]

Music and art[edit]

Pickering has collaborated with musicians from the British rock and roll scene that emerged in London in mid 2000s.[26] She has worked on many avant-garde music projects, wrote song lyrics,[27] appeared on album covers,[2][26] and in 2007 DJ'd and fronted Alan McGee's international club night Death Disco in Los Angeles[2][28] before returning to acting and writing in New York.

Pickering filmed with The Band of Holy Joy in a musical feature for "City of Tales: Volume 1 & 2" produced by Inga Tillere and directed by Johny Brown.[26] Scottish Actor Tam Dean Burn also films with the project.[26] Pickering is the front cover model for "City of Tales" album released by The Band Of Holy Joy in 2015.[26]

She is the front cover model for the album Spectorbullets by the band Spectorbullets (members include The Fire Engines Russell Burn and Gustaf Heden) and she is the actress in Heden's music video "Goldmine'.[29] She is credited in the sleeve notes as the inspiration for Heden's material which spanned between 2007 to 2014, as well as contributing to his play "A Few Hundred More" which she performed in at The Thespis Festival in New York.[30] Pickering wrote the lyrics for the song "Drop" which was released on the album Spectorbullets in November 2010.[27]

Pickering appears in Valerio Rocco, film version of "Lover's Discourse" which has screened in national museums of modern and contemporary art worldwide.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Pickering resides in Manhattan, New York City.[25]


  1. ^ a b Joanna Pickering, Alumna (Mathematics), University of Stirling, Computing Science and Mathematics, retrieved 2017-07-15
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Georgiou, Katy. "An Interview with Joanna Pickering". zani.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ a b c d "Joanna Pickering Actress Louder Than War Feature Interview 2012".
  4. ^ "Sunday Play: The Theif". Resonance FM Podcasts. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  5. ^ a b "Playing With Death In The Face Of Desperation: An Interview With "Lead Me To The Dark" Actress Joanna Pickering". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ "Fedeora – Federation of Film Critics of Europe and Mediterranean". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  7. ^ "NewFilmmakers New York – Mother of the Week". Mother of the Week. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  8. ^ "NewFilmmakers Quarterly Summer 2016". Retrieved 2017-07-22 – via issuu.
  9. ^ "Watch Svengali (2013) Free Online". OVGuide. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  10. ^ a b "Kubricks: 9 Go Mad In Tribute To The Great Director". Sabotage Times. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  11. ^ a b "'Kubricks': Premiere of feature trailer for the Dean Cavanagh/Alan McGee film". DangerousMinds. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  12. ^ Alan McGee Creation Records Founder (2012-05-07). "Embarking on Making My First Movie 'Kubricks' and My Possible Return to the Music Industry". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  13. ^ "exclusive : watch the trailer for 'Kubricks' the first feature film from Alan Mcgee and associates – Louder Than War". Louder Than War. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Alan McGee announces 20 acts to sign with his new label 359 Music". DangerousMinds. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  15. ^ Russell, Rickey (2013-02-11). "A Southern Life in Scandalous Times: An Indeterminate Exploration Of Life: My Interview With Indie Actress Joanna Pickering". A Southern Life in Scandalous Times. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  16. ^ a b Burnette, Emily (2016-07-20). "Picking Her Destiny: Interview with Actress Joanna Pickering | Fashion Week Online". Fashion Week Online. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  17. ^ "The Filmballad of Mamadada". IFFR. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  18. ^ a b c "Beatles Novel, Mersey Boys To Become Stage Show and Film Shot in New York". Downtown Magazine NYC. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  19. ^ "Beatles film 'Mersey Boy' now filming in New York City". Film-News.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  20. ^ Rita, Beatles Magazine/lovely (2013-01-28). "BEATLES MAGAZINE: "MERSEY BOYS" – THE NOVEL BY STEVEN G.FARRELL". BEATLES MAGAZINE. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  21. ^ "Lead Me to the Dark Trailer (2015)". Trailer Addict. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  22. ^ "HOME". The Russian Arts Theater & Studio. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  23. ^ "Resonance 104.4 FM Schedule". scholiastic.rssing.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  24. ^ a b c "Joanna Pickering Official Site: Model". Joanna Pickering. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  25. ^ a b "Interview with Joanna Pickering: Actress, Stylist, Adventurer". New York Fashion Week. 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  26. ^ a b c d e "Band of Holy Joy – Interview". www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  27. ^ a b "is this music?" long players Album review: Spectorbullets – 'Spectorbullets' – is this music?". www.isthismusic.com. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  28. ^ "Joanna PIckering actress nterview". Louder Than War Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29.
  29. ^ Fabian Svensson Jens Klevje (2010-03-06), Spectorbullets – Goldmine, retrieved 2017-02-28
  30. ^ "PRODUCTIONS 2013 SUMMERFEST Archives". New York Theater Festival. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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Category:Living people Category:21st-century British actresses Category:21st-century British women writers Category:Year of birth missing (living people) Category:Alumni of the University of Stirling

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