Following a degree in maths and psychology Joan taught maths for 2 years to earn enough money to send herself to drama school. She did a 1 year post graduate diploma at Welsh College of Music and Drama, qualifying in July 1983 and starting her acting career immediately as part of the rep at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster.

Her career includes theatre, television, film, lots of radio drama and poetry, much commercial voiceover work, talking books, narration for galleries and museums, and most recently a world tour of Mamma Mia! Lycra, platform boots and Abba songs for a whole year. Bliss.


  • Voice-over artiste, excellent ear for accents and characters, Mezzo singing voice, French speaker, Driving inc agricultural and heavy vehicles, stage combat


  • Welsh College of Music and Drama, Post Graduate Acting Diploma 1983-1984
  • University of Lancaster, Psychology and Maths (B.Sc. Hons) 1978-1981


  • Height -5’7″, Eyes – Blue, Hair – Fair-Brown