Joanna McCallum

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Joanna McCallum
Joanna McCallum.jpg
Joanna McCallum in 2009
Born (1950-06-27) 27 June 1950 (age 71)
EducationNational Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Spouse(s)Roger Davenport
Parent(s)Googie Withers, John McCallum

Joanna McCallum (born 27 June 1950) is an English theatre, film and television actress.

Early years and personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of English actress Googie Withers and Australian actor John McCallum, and was educated at St Catherine's School in Melbourne. McCallum graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)[1] in 1969. She is married to writer Roger Davenport.


McCallum is best known for her extensive work in theatre. Notable roles include Portia in The Merchant of Venice, with Alec Guinness as Shylock (Chichester Festival Theatre, dir. Patrick Garland, 1984);[2] heading a vast cast as Jane Marryot in Noël Coward's Cavalcade (Chichester Festival Theatre, dir. David Gilmore, 1985);[3] and Margeurite Blakeney, opposite Donald Sinden as Sir Percy Blakeney, in The Scarlet Pimpernel (Her Majesty's Theatre, dir. Nicholas Hytner, 1985).[4] She was Meg Page, one of The Merry Wives of Windsor, with Susannah York as Alice Ford (Royal Shakespeare Company, dir. Ian Judge, 1997);[5] and Gertrude, alongside Mark Rylance as Hamlet, at the reconstructed Globe Theatre on London's South Bank (dir. Giles Block, 2000).[6]

Film and Television[edit]

McCallum played the central character, Aroon, in a three part adaptation of Molly Keane's Anglo Irish novel Good Behaviour (BBC Television, dir. Bill Hays, 1983),[7][8] and co-starred with Trevor Eve in A Wreath of Roses, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Taylor (Granada Television, dir. John Madden, 1987).[9][10]

In The Franchise Affair, a 1988 BBC Television serial, she played Marion Sharp opposite Rosalie Crutchley and Patrick Malahide.[11] She was writer Winifred Holtby in the last episode of Testament of Youth (BBC Television, 1979)[12] and Virginia Woolf in the film Tom & Viv (1994).[13]

McCallum played the missionary Alicia Bassett-Hill in the 1989 TV serial The Ginger Tree, which was based on the novel of the same name by Oswald Wynd; it also starred Samantha Bond and Daisuke Ryu.[citation needed]

Her other television appearances have included episodes of Holby City,[citation needed] All Creatures Great and Small,[citation needed] and Agatha Christie's Poirot.[citation needed]

Other Activities[edit]

Joanna McCallum is currently a Vice President of The Theatrical Guild,[14] (formerly The Theatrical Ladies Guild), having previously been Chairman, and has worked with the charity for many years. She is also a Vice President of Acting For Others,[15] and is active in fundraising work within the theatre community.

Selected Film and Television Credits[edit]

Selected Stage Work[edit]

Selected Radio Drama Appearances[39][edit]

  • Doctor Who: Night Thoughts (Big Finish Productions)
  • The Big Toe Radio Show (BBC 7)
  • Waterloo Sunset (BBC Radio 4, dir. David Jackson Young)
  • The Open Window: Claw Marks on The Curtain (BBC Radio 4, dir. Ned Chaillet)
  • Meet Mr Mulliner (BBC Radio 4, dir. Ned Chaillet)
  • Woman's Hour Short Stories (BBC Radio 4, dir. Pat McLoughlin)
  • A Murder Is Announced (BBC Radio 4, dir. Enyd Williams)
  • This Love, This Love (based on Harriette Wilson's memoirs, BBC Radio 4, dir. David Johnson)
  • Dear Brutus (BBC Radio 4, dir. Caroline Raphael)
  • A Wheel of Fortune (BBC Radio 4, dir. Matthew Walters)
  • The Other Woman (BBC Radio 4, dir. Jane Morgan)
  • The Tortoise & The Hare (BBC Radio 4, dir. Caroline Raphael)


  1. ^ All Alumni (1960–1969) at
  2. ^ "Cast List, The Merchant of Venice (1984) – Pass It On".
  3. ^ "Cast List, Cavalcade (1985) – Pass It On".
  4. ^ "Cast List, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1985) – Pass It On".
  5. ^ "Search | RSC Performances | MEW199712 - The Merry Wives of Windsor | Shakespeare Birthplace Trust".
  6. ^ Bessell, Jaq (March 2001). "Hamlet" (PDF). Shakespeare's Globe. Research Bulletin (17): 3. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Good Behaviour: 1". 28 October 1983. p. 75 – via BBC Genome.
  8. ^ "Good Behaviour (1983)". BFI.
  9. ^ "A Wreath of Roses (1987)". BFI.
  10. ^ "Television Reviews : PBS' 'Wreath' Captures the Heart of Loneliness". Los Angeles Times. 7 January 1989.
  11. ^ "The Franchise Affair Episode 1 (1988)". BFI.
  12. ^ "Testament of Youth". 31 August 1980. p. 34 – via BBC Genome.
  13. ^ "Tom & Viv (1994)". BFI.
  14. ^ "Who We Are – The Theatrical Guild".
  15. ^ "Who is involved". Acting for Others.
  16. ^ "The Gathering Storm (2002)". BFI.
  17. ^ "Wide Eyed & Legless (1993)". BFI.
  18. ^ "The Eligible Bachelor (1993)". BFI.
  19. ^ "The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)". BFI.
  20. ^ "A Still Small Shout (1985)". BFI.
  21. ^ "Coriolanus (1984)". BFI.
  22. ^ "BBC TV series about the English Civil War: By The Sword Divided Brief Summary, Cast List, DVDs, Book".
  23. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Henry VI Part I (1983) Credits".
  24. ^ "Hopscotch (1980)". BFI.
  25. ^ "Pygmalion (1973)". BFI.
  26. ^ "Barbara of the House of Grebe (1973)". BFI.
  27. ^ "Nickel Queen (1971)". BFI.
  28. ^ "Uncle Vanya". HOME.
  29. ^ "Hobson's Choice - Vaudeville Theatre".
  30. ^ "Hobson's Choice tickets – Vaudeville Theatre London". Official Theatre.
  31. ^ "Review of Hobson's Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre". 16 June 2016.
  32. ^ "Hobson's Choice, Vaudeville Theatre". 19 June 2016.
  33. ^ "Production of Hobson's Choice | Theatricalia".
  34. ^ "The Importance of Being Earnest at Salisbury Playhouse". Swindon Advertiser.
  35. ^ "Search | RSC Performances | CYM199702 - Cymbeline | Shakespeare Birthplace Trust".
  36. ^ "Love's Labour's Lost (1977): Bristol Old Vic | BBA Shakespeare".
  37. ^ "Production of Love's Labour's Lost | Theatricalia".
  38. ^ "AusStage".
  39. ^ "Dalzell & Beresford Ltd - Joanna McCallum".

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