Joanne Heywood

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Joanne Heywood is an English television actress, probably best known for her role as Jessica Lovelock in Grace & Favour, a spin-off series of Are You Being Served?.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in York, Heywood was educated in York, Guildford and in Sydney, Australia. She studied Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and, after graduating, made her professional stage debut in 1985 production of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at York's Theatre Royal. For the next decade, she regularly appeared in pantomime at the same venue, often in the coveted role of Principal Boy. During this period, she also performed in stage musicals, including regional productions of Annie, Gypsy and Camelot, as well as the world premieres of Scrooge: The Musical and the stage adaptation of High Society.

Heywood's television debut was in the role of Dilys on the short-lived BBC series First of the Summer Wine. In 1991, she made guest appearances on the television shows The New Statesman and The Brittas Empire. In addition to her role as Jessica Lovelock, Heywood played Sally Bennett in the Gerry Poulson film Stanley's Dragon. She has also guest-starred in Knightmare, Next of Kin, two episodes of Coronation Street and A Prince Among Men.

In recent years, her television appearances have become less regular. She has appeared in Heartbeat, Emmerdale Farm as Lady Tara Thornfield for three years and My Hero. Since then, Heywood has continued to perform frequently in regional and West End theatre productions, including plays, musicals and pantomimes.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1988-89 First of the Summer Wine Dilys
1992-93 Grace & Favour Jessica Lovelock
1994 Knightmare Stiletta

Stage roles[edit]

Year Title Venue Role
1985 Jack and the Beanstalk Theatre Royal, York -
1987 High Society (musical) Victoria Palace, London -
1988-89 Camelot (musical) Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool -
1992 Scrooge: The Musical Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Isabel
1998 Out of Order (play) Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye Jane Worthington
1999 The Strange & Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Palace Theatre, Watford Dolly
2000 Behind the Scenes at the Museum (play) Theatre Royal, York Patricia
2000-01 Dick Whittington (pantomime) Theatre Royal, York -
2001 All for Mary (play) Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye Mary Millar
2002-03 Babbies in the Wood (pantomime) Theatre Royal, York Principal Boy
2003-04 Mother Goose's Silver Jubilee (pantomime) Theatre Royal, York Principal Boy
2005 Sleeping Beauty (pantomime) City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds Vulgaria
2007 Waiting for Gateaux (play) Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne -
2007-08 Sleeping Beauty (pantomime) Gala Theatre, Durham City Carabosse
2008 Birthday Suite (play) Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye Kate
2008-09 Sleeping Beauty (pantomime) Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Carabosse
2010 Nightfright: The Nightmare of Your Life (play) Connaught Theatre, Worthing Jacqui
2010 Legacy Falls (musical) New Players Theatre, London Taylor Taylor

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