Joanne Froggatt

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Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt May 3, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Froggatt at "An Afternoon of Tea, Scones and Chatting with Downton Abbey" on 3 May 2014
Born (1980-08-24) 24 August 1980 (age 34)
Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) James Cannon (2012–present)

Joanne Froggatt (born 23 August 1980) is an English actress of stage, television, and film. Since 2010, she has appeared as lady's maid Anna Bates in the period drama Downton Abbey. For this role, she has received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2015.

Froggatt's early TV appearances include Coronation Street (1997–98), Bad Girls (1999), dinnerladies (1999) and A Touch of Frost (2003). She went on to star in the television films, Danielle Cable: Eye Witness (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006) and Murder in the Outback (2007), before winning the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in the 2010 film In Our Name.

Early life and education[edit]

Froggatt was born and brought up in the village of Littlebeck[1][2] in North Yorkshire. Her parents, Ann and Keith Froggatt, having run a corner shop, next started a rare breed sheep farm on a smallholding near Whitby.[3] Froggatt initially joined a drama group in Scarborough [4] and then left her family home at the age of 13 to attend the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.


In 1996, Froggatt made her TV debut in the long-running ITV drama The Bill, and shortly afterwards landed the role of teenage mother Zoe Tattersall in Coronation Street. She left the programme in 1998 when her character was written out.[4]

In 2003, Froggatt played the leading role in the controversial one-off drama, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, based on the true story of a teenage girl who witnessed the murder of her boyfriend in a reputed road rage attack. Whilst researching the role, she met Cable who later contacted her to commend her on her portrayal. The film earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Single Drama.

Froggatt played the role of Angelique Mahy in the ITV mini-series "Island at War", that tells the story of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. It aired on 11, July 2004.

Froggatt starred as a main character in the drama Missing, made by SMG Productions in 2006 alongside Gregor Fisher. However, the two-part thriller wasn't broadcast on STV until November 2008.

Also in 2006, Froggatt played the sister of Myra Hindley in the ITV drama, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, and recently appeared in another controversial role as the title character in Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback, which first aired on Channel Ten in Australia on 18 March 2007, and was screened in Britain on ITV on 8 April 2007.[2] She also appeared on the London stage in the adaptation of All About My Mother in the part of Sister Rosa, which ran from July to November 2007 at the Old Vic Theatre.

Froggatt portrayed Kate, a peasant, in the third season of the BBC TV series Robin Hood.[3] She played Hannah, in Spooks: Code 9, and features in the BBC Radio adaptation of Solaris as Rheya. In May 2009, she played Kelly on BBC drama Moving On.

On 25 September 2009, Froggatt played the title role in the BBC Radio Four play I am Emma Humphreys. On 3 October of that year, Froggatt played Princess Yvonne in the BBC Radio Four Saturday play The Von Trapps and Me.[5]

On 15 April 2010, Froggatt appeared opposite Lee Ingleby in the BBC Radio Four play The Disappearance by Peter Whalley. In her film début, In Our Name, Froggatt played Suzy, a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She garnered critical acclaim for her performance and won Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.

Since 2010, Froggatt has appeared in Downton Abbey as Anna, Lady's Maid to Lady Mary Crawley, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2014. On 11 January 2015 she was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for the role.

On 25 December 2010, Froggatt appeared in the Royle Family Christmas special 'Joe's Crackers' as Saskia, the girlfriend of Antony Royle. Despite having been mentioned by name in earlier episodes, this was the first time that Saskia had appeared in person. Froggatt starred in John Donnelly's play The Knowledge at the Bush Theatre, West London from 12 January to 19 February 2011.

Along with Downton Abbey in 2013, Froggatt also had roles in the comedy drama based on Irvine Welsh's novel, Filth, in the thriller uwantme2killhim? and the indie directed by Uberto Pasolini, Still Life.

Personal life[edit]

Froggatt married long-time boyfriend James Cannon in a private ceremony in October 2012.[6] The couple live in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.


In 2013, Froggatt became an ambassador for global children's charity Plan UK's "Because I am a Girl" campaign.[7]

In 2015, she played Wendy in the new Bob the Builder series.


Audio drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: In Freedom's Cause Lady Marjory (post-production)


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Lorna Doone Lizzie Ridd Television movie
2002 Miranda Jacquie
2002 The Stretford Wives Dawn Richards Television movie
2003 Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Danielle Cable Television movie
Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress
2006 Missing Sybil Foster Television movie
2006 See No Evil: The Moors Murders Maureen Smith Television movie
2007 Murder in the Outback Joanne Lees Television movie
2009 Echoes Anya Short film
2010 In Our Name Suzy British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2013 Filth Mary
2013 uwantme2killhim? Detective Inspector Sarah Clayton
2013 Still Life Kelly Stoke
2016 Starfish To be announced Producer


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Bill Unknown Episode: "Unlucky in Love"
1997–1998 Coronation Street Zoe Tattersall 126 episodes
1999 Bad Girls Rachel Hicks 4 episodes
1999 Dinnerladies Sigourney Episode: "Catering"
2000 Nature Boy Jenny Macalister 3 episodes
2000 Other People's Children Becky 2 episodes
2001 A Touch of Frost Anne 2 episodes
2001 Casualty Lucy Curry Episode: "Better Safe Than Sorry"
2002 Nice Guy Eddie Mandy Episode: "#1.3"
2002 Paradise Heights Julia Sawyer 6 episodes
2003 Red Cap Pte. Tracy Walters Episode: "Crush"
2003 The Last Detective Celia/Josie Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Island at War Angelique Mahy 6 episodes
2006 Life on Mars Ruth Tyler 3 episodes
2006 The Street Kerry Episode: "Sean and Yvonne"
2006 Rebus Gail Maitland Episode: "Strip Jack"
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Hannah 2 episodes
2009 Moving On Kellie Episode: "Butterfly Effect"
2009 Robin Hood Kate 11 episodes
2010 Identity Jane Calshaw Episode: "Chelsea Girl"
2010 The Royle Family Saskia Episode: "Joe's Crackers"
2010–present Downton Abbey Anna Bates 43 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012, 2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
2012 True Love Ruth Episode: "Story One"
2014 The Secrets Lexie Episode: "The Lie"
2015– Bob the Builder Wendy
2016 Dark Angel Mary Ann Cotton


  1. ^ Walker, Andy (20 November 2009). "Wensleydale Railway, at Leeming Bar used for TV filming". Northern Echo. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Maynard, Roger (23 August 2006). "Backpacker murder ordeal to be made into TV drama". UK: The Guardian. 
  3. ^ a b Stokoe, Jon (1 August 2008). "Joanne Froggatt to star in Robin Hood". Whitby Gazette (UK: Johnston Publishing Ltd.). Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Gilert, Gerard (24 March 2012). "The housemaid's tale: Joanne Froggatt rips off her pinny and sets her sights on Hollywood". UK: The Independent. 
  5. ^ "Saturday Play: The Von Trapps and Me". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
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  7. ^ "Downton star to help world’s girls". Plan UK. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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