Joanna Vanderham

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Joanna Vanderham (born 17 October 1990)[1][2] is a Scottish actress.[3][4] She is a main role actress in many Scottish and British television series.

She also appeared in American Television series with main roles and supporting roles. She plays the role of Penelope Blake in the acclaimed Cinemax series, Warrior and in 'Legends of Tomorrow as Atropos.

Early life[edit]

Joanna Vanderham was born Joanna Rosie-Le Van Der Ham on October 17 1990 in Perth and brought up in Scone. Her father Tom, a businessman, and mother Jill Belch, a professor of cardiovascular research at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, divorced when she was a child. She has 2 sisters and 1 brother.[5] She grew up in Scone and Dundee.

Vanderham attended the Robert Douglas Memorial School in Scone, and then the High School of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. She then went on to study Acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.[6]


Vanderham played Cathy in the Sky TV six-part serial The Runaway, which started on 31 March 2011, adapted from Martina Cole's novel.

She played the lead character of Denise Lovett in the popular sixteen-part (over two series) BBC television series The Paradise, written by Bill Gallagher, and loosely based on Au Bonheur des Dames, a novel by Émile Zola. A second series aired on the BBC in October 2013, but a third series was not commissioned in 2014.

She also appears in the film What Maisie Knew with Alexander Skarsgård and Julianne Moore, and as Pamela in the BBC drama Dancing on the Edge, directed by Stephen Poliakoff.[7]

In 2015, she appeared as Katherine "Kitty" McVitie in BBC Two period drama series, Banished,[8] and as Marian Maudsley in the BBC One television film The Go-Between.[9]

She received a Commendation at the 2016 Ian Charleson Awards for her Queen Anne in Richard III at the Almeida Theatre.[10][11][12]


Television and film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2011 The Runaway Cathy[citation needed] Main role
2011 Young James Herriot Jenny Muirhead[13] Main role
2012 What Maisie Knew Margo Film
2012 Above Suspicion: Silent Scream Amanda Delany Episode: "The Silent Scream"
2012 The Paradise Denise Lovett Main role
2013 Blackwood Jessica Film
2013 Dancing on the Edge Pamela Luscombe Main role
2013 Marple: Endless Night Ellie TV series; 1 episode
2013 The Paradise, Seasons 1 and 2 Denise Lovett Main role
2015 Banished Katherine McVitie Main role
2015 The Go-Between Marian Maudsley Main role
2016 One of Us Claire Elliot Main role
2016 Queimafobia Short
2017 Man in an Orange Shirt Flora Talbot Main role
2017 And Then I Was French Cara (completed)
2017 The Boy With The Topknot Laura TV movie
2019 The Tanner Caitlin 1 episode
2019 Warrior Penelope Blake Main role
2020 Legends of Tomorrow Atropos 5 episodes
2021 Eddie and Sunny Sunny (Filming)


Year Play Role Company
2012 The Promise Lika Donmar/Trafalgar
2015 The Dazzle Millie Ashmore Found111/Michael Grandage Co.
2014 Othello Desdemona Royal Shakespeare Company
2016 Richard III Queen Anne Almeida


  1. ^ Banished: About Joanna Vanderham, BBC, access date 28 June 2016
  2. ^ Rising Scots star Joanna Vanderham on Banished, The Herald (Glasgow), access date 29 June 2016
  3. ^ McGinty, Stephen (4 February 2013). "Interview: Joanna Vanderham on nudity in Dancing On The Edge and 'fake drunk acting'". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  4. ^ Mainwaring, Rachel (20 March 2011). "Joanna Vanderham lands role in Sky One's The Runaway – Showbiz – Lifestyle". WalesOnline. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Joanna Vanderham interview for Dancing on the Edge". The Telegraph. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ "The Runaway: Joanna Vanderham Biography – Sky1 HD". Sky UK. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  7. ^ "The Runaway by Martina Cole coming to the small screen". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  8. ^ "BBC Two – Banished – Katherine McVitie". BBC. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  9. ^ "The Go-Between: Meet the Characters". BBC One. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  10. ^ Hawkins, Helen. "Paapa Essiedu wins the Ian Charleson award 2016". Sunday Times. 11 June 2017.
  11. ^ Snow, Georgia. "Paapa Essiedu wins 2016 Ian Charleson award". The Stage. 6 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2016". 6 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Cast announced for Young James". 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.

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