27 October 1961 |
West Kirby, Cheshire, England
Joanna Scanlan (born 27 October 1961) is an English actress and screenwriter. She is best known for her roles in various British comedy series, such as The Thick of It, Doctors and Nurses and Getting On.
Scanlan was born in West Kirby, Cheshire. The daughter of hoteliers, she moved to Wales with her parents at the age of three, where her parents later bought the Ruthin Castle hotel. She was educated in Denbigh, and then studied history at Cambridge University. She then joined the Cambridge Footlights, where she became friends with Tilda Swinton.
After graduation, Scanlan joined the academic staff of Leicester Polytechnic lecturing in drama for five years, before she undertook a similar role at the Arts Council of Great Britain for three years.
After the Arts Council of Great Britain broke up in 1994, at age 34 Scanlan decided to try her hand at professional acting, quickly gaining the role as a nurse in ITV1's Peak Practice. This formed some what of a theme in her early career, then playing a midwife in The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, before playing a nurse again alongside Ade Edmondson's doctor in ill-fated Doctors and Nurses, and latterly Dr Diana Dibbs in Doc Martin with Martin Clunes.
Getting On is co-written by and stars Scanlan, Jo Brand and Vicki Pepperdine. Its first series received high praise from television critics across the board in the UK, with praise for the actors' performances, and for the realistic portrayal of an NHS hospital.
|2003||Girl with a Pearl Earring||Tanneke|
|2005||A Little Trip to Heaven||Josie|
|2006||Notes on a Scandal||Sue Hodge|
|2007||Grow Your Own||Barbara|
|2008||The Other Boleyn Girl||Mary's Midwife|
|2009||In the Loop||Roz|
|2011||Hot Hot Hot||Mary-Ann|
|2013||The Invisible Woman||Catherine Dickens|
|2014||Testament of Youth||Aunt Belle|
|2015||The Bad Education Movie||Susan Poulter|
|2016||How to Talk to Girls at Parties||Filming|
|2016||Bridget Jones Baby||Cathy|
|2001||My Family||Dental Assistant|
|2005–2012||The Thick of It||Terri Coverley|
|2009||Home Time||Mrs Pitman|
|2009–2012||Getting On||Sister Den Flixster|
|2011||Doc Martin||Dr Diana Dibbs|
|2013–14||Big School||Mrs Janine Klebb|
|2013||Death Comes To Pemberley||Mrs Reynolds|
|2014||Puppy Love||Nana V|
|2014||The Killings of Copenhagen||Clara Trout|
|2014||Mapp and Lucia||Ursula "Ursy" Pillson|
|2015||No Offence||DI Vivienne Deering|
|2015||Fungus the Bogeyman||Mildrew|
- BBC Comedy Blog: The Thick of It's Joanna Scanlan on playing Terri
- Saner, Emine (2014-01-27). "Joanna Scanlan: 'Depression was like turning around a liner across the ocean'". theguardian.com. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- Veronica Lee (10 February 2013). "Joanna Scanlan: From bumbling Whitehall press officer in The Thick of It to lifestyle coach in Heading Out". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- "'Getting On' In The Press...". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- Banks-Smith, Nancy (9 July 2009). "Last night's TV: Getting On, Taking the Flak". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- "RTS Programme Awards 2009". Royal Television Society. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Television Awards Winners in 2010". BAFTA. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
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