Joanne Frog­gatt

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Small-town girl Joanne Frog­gatt left home at the age of 13 to at­tend the Re­droofs Theatre School in Maiden­head, Eng­land. At 16, she made her tele­vi­sion de­but as a teenage pros­ti­tute in The Bill. How­ever, un­cer­tain about pur­su­ing an act­ing ca­reer, Joanne took on a reg­u­lar nine-to-five job and was con­sid­er­ing aban­don­ing her act­ing dreams. It was shortly af­ter this that she was in­vited to au­di­tion for the part of a run­away teen in Corona­tion Street.


Joanne played Zoe Tat­ter­sall, a trou­bled teen mum who came to the cob­bles in 1997. Her char­ac­ter was caught up in a num­ber of sto­ry­lines in­volv­ing Zoe selling her baby to Judy Mal­let and then even­tu­ally tak­ing her back. When she lost the baby to cot death, she was dev­as­tated and ended up turn­ing to a re­li­gious cult for com­fort. The ac­tress said the role was only meant to be for a few episodes, but kept her oc­cu­pied for 18 months. She says she didn’t choose to leave the soap, but was writ­ten out of the script when Zoe ran off to live with the cult. While her time on the show was com­par­a­tively brief, Corona­tion Street paved the way for a very suc­cess­ful act­ing ca­reer.


A num­ber of smaller tele­vi­sion roles fol­lowed her time as Zoe, then in 2003 Joanne landed the lead­ing role in the con­tro­ver­sial one-off drama, Danielle Cable: Eye­wit­ness. This told the true story of a teenage girl who wit­nessed the mur­der of her boyfriend in a road rage at­tack. Joanne was later com­mended on her por­trayal by Danielle Cable herself. In 2006, Joanne played the sis­ter of Myra Hind­ley in the tele­vi­sion drama See No Evil: The Moors Mur­ders and then had an­other con­tro­ver­sial role as the lead in Joanne Lees: Mur­der in the Out­back. The 36-year-old has also had a num­ber of the­atri­cal roles, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ing on the Lon­don stage as Sis­ter Rosa in the adap­ta­tion of All About My Mother at the Old Vic Theatre in 2007. A few years and a few roles later, Joanne gar­nered crit­i­cal ac­claim for her per­for­mance as Suzy, a sol­dier suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der in her film de­but In Our Name, win­ning Best New­comer at the Bri­tish In­de­pen­dent Film Awards. But per­haps her most mem­o­rable role to date has been as lady’s maid Anna Bates in Down­ton Abbey, for which she has re­ceived three Emmy nom­i­na­tions. In 2014 she was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress in a Se­ries, Minis­eries or Tele­vi­sion Film for this por­trayal. In the midst of her busy ca­reer, the award-win­ner mar­ried her long-time boyfriend James Can­non in 2012. Af­ter al­most two decades of act­ing, Joanne is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down, ap­pear­ing this year on TV screens as Bri­tain’s first fe­male se­rial killer, Vic­to­rian mur­derer Mary Ann Cot­ton.



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