Joanna Page

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Joanna Page
Joanna Louise Page

(1977-03-23) 23 March 1977 (age 44)
Years active1999–present
(m. 2003)

Joanna Louise Page (born 23 March 1977) is a Welsh actress. She appeared as Stacey Shipman in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey.[1] She also played Dora Spenlow in the 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield.

Early life[edit]

Page was born in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales. She attended Mynyddbach Comprehensive School, where she was head girl. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998.[2]


On graduation from RADA, Page spent ten years in stage-based roles, mainly costume dramas for the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. This led to appearances in film productions, including From Hell, Mine All Mine, Love Actually and Miss Julie.[citation needed]

Page came to wider public attention after taking a leading role in the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, playing the main part of Stacey Shipman. On 23 November 2007, she turned on the Christmas lights in Barry Island,[3] 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 2009, she was the cover star of FHM.[4] 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 Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at the Milton Keynes Theatre.[citation needed]

In 2010, she hosted Sky 1 show My Pet Shame. In October of the same year, she became the new face of Superdrug.[5]

From May 2011, Page provided the voice of the lead character in the first season of Nick Jr. UK's pre-school animation, Poppy Cat and is later replaced by Jessica Ransom from BBC's Doc Martin. 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.[6]

In August 2019, Page narrated Britain's Parking Hell on Channel 5 and appeared in the return Christmas episode of Gavin and Stacey.

Personal life[edit]

Page is married to English actor James Thornton.[7] 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.

Page is an ambassador for the charity PDSA, and raises funds for Breast Cancer Care.

Page and Thornton have three children – a daughter born in February 2013,[8] and sons born in April 2015 and December 2016.



Year Title Role
1999 Miss Julie Servant
David Copperfield Dora Spenlow
2001 Very Annie Mary Bethan Bevan
From Hell Ann Crook
The Lost World Gladys
2003 Love Actually Just Judy
Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill Babs Carter
2012 Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger Mrs. Peterson
2020 Dolittle Bethan Stubbins
Dream Horse Angela Davies


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Cazalets Zoe
2004 Mine All Mine Candy Vivaldi
Making Waves OM Rosie Bowen
2005 To the Ends of the Earth Marion Chumley
Gideon's Daughter Diane
2007–2010, 2019 Gavin & Stacey Stacey Shipman Lead role, 21 episodes
2008 Love Soup Heather Series 2, episode 10
2009 Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie Herself Series 5, episode 3
Mist: Sheepdog Tales Fly Series 3, 6 episodes, Voice only
2010 Would I Lie to You? Herself
Agatha Christie's Marple Hester "The Blue Geranium"
My Pet Shame Host
2011 Bedlam Maria
White Van Man Kat Series 1, episode 2
Poppy Cat Poppy Cat Series 1, Voice only
2012 The Syndicate Leanne Powell
Gates Helen Pearson
2013–present Q Pootle 5 Oopsy Voice only
2013 Doctor Who Queen Elizabeth I Episode: "The Day of the Doctor"
Breathless Lily Enderbury
2016 Home from Home Fiona Hackett Pilot episode only
2017 Spring Break with Granddad Voice Over Voice only
2019 Britain's Parking Hell: Ticket Wars Narrator Voice only
Midsomer Murders Holly Ackroyd Episode: "The Miniature Murders"
Dial M for Middlesbrough Susan


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

Radio advertisements[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Kingsmill advert Narrator
Carphone Warehouse advert
2011 Superdrug advert
2012 Sun Bingo advert
2020 Dreams advert

Recognition and awards[edit]

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


  1. ^ Grant, Olly (14 September 2008). "On the Move: Joanna Page". London, UK. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. ^ Hussain, Ali (13 July 2008). "Fame and Fortune: Joanna Page". The Times. London, UK: News Corporation. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 26 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ FHM Cover Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; accessed 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Superdrug makes TV comeback with a new ad". Marketing Week. October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  6. ^ Tobin, Christian (2 April 2013). "'Doctor Who': Gavin & Stacey's Joanna Page joins 50th anniversary cast". Digital Spy.
  7. ^ Hello Magazine
  8. ^ Joanna Page Twitter announcement re expecting first child,; accessed 19 December 2016.
  9. ^ "The British Sitcom Guide". 7 November 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2007.

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