Jo Hartley

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Jo Hartley
Born (1972-03-12) 12 March 1972 (age 48)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Years active2004–present

Joanne Victoria Hartley is an English actress born in Oldham, Lancashire who has appeared in many British television series such as This is England, Not Safe For Work, After Life, and Bliss, as well as in films, The Young Victoria (2009), Eddie the Eagle (2016), Slaughterhouse Rulez, and Torvill & Dean (both 2018).

Early life[edit]

Hartley was brought up in a working-class family, attending North Chadderton School in Chadderton,[1] in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. She started acting at the age of 11 in her school production of 'The Sound of Music' as Gretel Von Trappe.[2][1] She then joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, developing her acting skills until the age of 17 when she stopped acting to work at British Aerospace on a Youth Training Scheme.[3][4] Jo worked as a secretary in the office for two years until leaving to join Japan Airlines as an air hostess.[3][4] In her mid-twenties, Jo left the aviation industry to pursue her dream of being an actor.[5][6] Hartley returned to England, in London studying at the Questors Theatre in Ealing, where she studied method acting and Stanislavski's system until landing her first movie role in the 2004 Shane Meadows directed Crime Drama Thriller film Dead Man's Shoes as 'Marie'.[5]


Hartley has made appearances in many British productions including short films such as Northern Soul and Me and Her both in 2004, Terra Firma and Flushed in 2008, The Crossing, Janet and Bernard and I Don't Care in 2014. Hartley has been a character actor in many TV films and TV series since 2004, with her most notable roles in This Is England '86, 88 and 90, the follow-on TV mini-series to the film. In movies Hartley has appeared in This Is England (2006) as Cynthia,[3][5] and the feature film The Young Victoria in 2009, where she appeared with Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend.[3][5] In 2016 she played Janette in the movie Eddie the Eagle appearing alongside Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.[5] She co-starred in the David Cross series Bliss, where she plays opposite Heather Graham as one of two partners of a fraudulent travel writer.[7][8] In 2018, she began portraying the role of Katrina in the BBC Three series In My Skin.[9]



Year Title Role
2004 Dead Man's Shoes[10] Marie
2004 Northern Soul (short film)[1] Jo Sherbert
2004 Me and Her (Short film) Coleen
2006 This Is England Cynthia
2007 Bigboy_74 (Short film) Woman
2008 Terra Firma (Short film) Debbie[11]
2008 Flushed (Short film) Mrs Mop
2009 The Young Victoria Landlady
2010 Soulboy Monica
2011 Inbred[1] Kate
2011 At Dusk (Short film) Woman
2012 Up There Margaret
2012 When the Lights Went Out Jeanette
2012 Ill Manors Carol
2013 Sea Change (Short film)
2014 The Crossing (Short film) Juliet
2014 Janet and Bernard (Short film) Janet
2014 I Don't Care (Short film) Mandy
2016 Eddie the Eagle Janette Edwards[3]
2016 David Brent: Life on the Road Pauline Gray
2016 Prevenge Midwife
2016 Gibberish (Short film) Mother
2018 Slaughterhouse Rulez Babs Wallace
2018 Torvill and Dean[12] Betty Torvill
2019 In My Skin[13] Bethan's mother


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Recovery Vicky Nathan Television film
2009 Crying with Laughter Karen Television film
2009 Casualty 1900s Anna Baker 2 episodes
2010 Pulse Loz Westmoor Television film
2010 This Is England '86 Cynthia 4 episodes
2010 Moving On Natalie 1 episode
2011 Waterloo Road Laura Taylor 1 episode
2011 Stolen[1] April Harris Television film
2011 The Jury Ann Skailes 5 episodes
2011 This Is England '88 Cynthia Fields 3 episodes
2012 Coming Up Mandy Slade
2013 Law & Order: UK Lindsey Donovan 1 episode
2013 Privado Sally
2013–2014 The Mimic Jean[6]
2015 Not Safe for Work Angela 6 episodes[3][4]
2015 This Is England '90 Cynthia Fields 4 episodes[5]
2016 Access All Areas Libby
2016 Vera Grace
2018 Bliss Denise Larkspur
2018–present In My Skin Katrina Gwndaff Main role
2019 After Life June
2019 Don’t Forget The Driver Mel Episode: "Episode 4"
2019 Temple Professor Kirby
2020 Sick of It Lillie 1 episode[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e "30 minutes with 'This is England' actress Jo Hartley". 2011.
  2. ^ "Jo Hartley interview". 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Not Safe For Work – Jo Hartley Interview". 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Jo Hartley interview for Not Safe for Work". Channel 4. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Interview: Jo Hartley, star of This Is England '90". 2015.
  6. ^ a b "An interview with Jo Hartley – The Mimic S2". Channel 4. 2014.
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  9. ^ "BBC orders a dark comedy about a teen and her mentally ill mum". Chortle. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Dead Man's Shoes". BBFC. 2018.
  11. ^ Jo Hartley & Michael Smiley Independent, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2017
  12. ^ "Torvill and Dean ITV Drama Biopic cast confirmed". Radio times. 2018.
  13. ^ "In my skin series". 2018.
  14. ^ "Sick of It season 2 review: Karl Pilkington's superb series finds the profound in the mundane". 2020.

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