Joanna Page

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Joanna Page
BornJoanna Louise Page
(1978-03-23) 23 March 1978 (age 36)
Treboeth, Swansea, Wales
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)James Thornton (m. 2003)
ChildrenOne daughter (b. 2013)
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Joanna Page
BornJoanna Louise Page
(1978-03-23) 23 March 1978 (age 36)
Treboeth, Swansea, Wales
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)James Thornton (m. 2003)
ChildrenOne daughter (b. 2013)

Joanna Louise Page (born 23 March 1978) is a Welsh actress, best known for her role as Stacey in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey.[1]

Early life[edit]

Page was born in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales, the only child of garage mechanic and financial services worker Susan Angela (née Foster) and Nigel Leslie Page.[2] She attended Mynyddbach Comprehensive School, where she was head girl. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998.[3]


On graduation from RADA, Page spent ten years in stage-based roles, mainly costume dramas for the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.[2] This led to appearances in film productions, including From Hell, Mine All Mine, Love Actually and Miss Julie. She also starred as Mark Owen's love interest in his music video for "Makin' Out".

Page came to wider public attention after taking a leading role in the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, playing the main part of Stacey. On 23 November 2007, she turned on the Christmas lights in Barry,[4] the town where Gavin & Stacey is partly set and filmed.

Page had a leading role in the 2001 BBC drama production, The Cazalets, about a disparate well to do English family during the Second World War. In 2009, Page provided the voice-overs for a series of Kingsmill bread TV and radio advertisements and the Christmas TV advertising campaign for the Carphone Warehouse. In December, she was the cover star of FHM.[5] During Christmas 2009, Page played the role of Cinderella in pantomime in Woking, a role she played a year earlier in Wimbledon. The following year, she played the role of Alice Fritzwareen in Dick Whittington at the Milton Keynes Theatre.[citation needed]

In 2010, she hosted Sky 1 show My Pet Shame. In October, she became the new face of Superdrug.[6] From May 2011, Page provided the voice of the lead character in Nick Jr. UK's pre-school animation, Poppy Cat. In 2012, Page played Leanne Powell in the BBC One drama series The Syndicate, Helen Pearson in the Sky Living comedy Gates, and Mrs Peterson in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.

In November 2013, Page starred as Queen Elizabeth I in "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

Personal life[edit]

Page is married to English actor James Thornton. The couple live in Oxfordshire.[2] They both appeared in the 1999 TV serial David Copperfield (Page as Dora Spenlow and Thornton as Ham Peggotty). They were introduced a year later by Page's friend Maxine Peake, who was appearing alongside Thornton in the Royal National Theatre's stage adaptation of The Cherry Orchard.[2]

At the age of 28, Page was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, for which she takes daily medication.[2] She is an ambassador for veterinary charity PDSA, and raises funds for Breast Cancer Care after her mother was diagnosed with and cured of the disease.[2]

On 13 September 2012, Page announced via her Twitter page that she and Thornton were expecting their first child[7] and on 15 February 2013, she gave birth to a daughter.[8]



2001The CazaletsZoe
2004Mine All MineCandy Vivaldi
2004Making WavesOM Rosie Bowen
2005To the Ends of the EarthMarion Chumley
2005Gideon's DaughterDiane
2008Love SoupHeatherSeries 2, Episode 10
2009Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline JunkieHerselfSeries 5, Episode 3
2007–2010Gavin & StaceyStacey Shipman (née West)
2009Mist: Sheepdog TalesFlySeries 3, 6 Episodes, Voice only
2010Would I Lie to You?Herself
2010Agatha Christie's Marple"The Blue Geranium"
2010My Pet ShameHost
2011White Van ManKatSeries 1, Episode 2
2011–presentPoppy CatPoppy CatVoice only
2012The SyndicateLeanne Powell
2012GatesHelen Pearson
2013–presentQ Pootle 5OopsyVoice only
2013Doctor WhoQueen Elizabeth I1 episode, "The Day of the Doctor"
2013BreathlessLily Enderbury


1999Miss JulieServant
1999David CopperfieldDora Spenlow
2001Very Annie MaryBethan Bevan
2001From HellAnn Crook
2001The Lost WorldGladys
2003Love ActuallyJudy
2003Ready When You Are, Mr. McGillBabs Carter
2012Nativity 2: Danger in the MangerMrs. Peterson


2008Fat PigJeannie
2010Dick WhittingtonAlice Fritzwarren
2011Private LivesSibyl

Radio advertisments[edit]

2009Kingsmill advertNarrator
2009Carphone Warehouse advertNarrator
2012Sun Bingo advertNarrator

Recognition and awards[edit]

Page was nominated for Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[9]


  1. ^ Grant, Olly (14 September 2008). "On the Move: Joanna Page – Times Online". (London). Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Catherine O' Brien (5 August 2012). "Joanna Page, 'Gavin would never work for me in real life'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Hussain, Ali (13 July 2008). "Fame and Fortune: Joanna Page". The Times (London: News Corporation). Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ FHM Cover. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ "Superdrug makes TV comeback with a new ad". Marketing Week. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Happy news! James + I are delighted to announce we're expecting a baby! X" on Twitter. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
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  9. ^ "The British Sitcom Guide – News". Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

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