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Joanna Scanlan
English actress

Joanna Scanlan

Joanna Scanlan
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Intro English actress
Is Actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth West Kirby
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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, Getting On, Puppy Love, No Offence and Bridget Jones's Baby.

Early life

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 Queens' College, Cambridge. She then joined the Cambridge Footlights, where she became friends with Tilda Swinton.


Early career

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

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.

All three writers were nominated for the 2009 Royal Television Society Award for Best Writing in Comedy.

Both Scanlan and Brand were nominated for the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role.

Selected credits


Year Title Role
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Tanneke
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Josie
2005 Kinky Boots Trish
2006 Notes on a Scandal Sue Hodge
2007 Stardust Mormo
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 Get Santa Ruth
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


Year Title Role
1997 Jane Eyre Bessie
2000 Spaced Tina
2000 Coming Soon Claudia
2001 My Family Dental Assistant
2001 Fun at the Funeral Parlour Mrs Marion Boubes
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
2012 Stella Nancy
2013 Heading Out Toria
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 Rev. Jill Mallory
2014 Mapp and Lucia Ursula "Ursy" Pillson
2015— No Offence DI Vivienne Deering
2015 Fungus the Bogeyman Mildrew

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