Who is Joanne Froggatt?

The audience perhaps knows her best as Anna Bates from the series “Downton Abbey”, but Joanne Froggatt has over 55 acting credits to her name. The mentioned role brought her three Primetime Emmy Award-nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012, ’14, and ’15, while this romantic drama had 229 award nominations and 58 wins, including 15 Primetime Emmys.

The series followed the story of a British aristocratic family Crawley and their servants; Joanne’s character was a housemaid and lady’s maid to Lady Mary, portrayed by Laura Carmichael.

If you wondered about the career and life of Joanne Froggatt, and what she’s doing now, we’ll tell you all about her upcoming projects and many more, so just keep on scrolling.

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Early life, family, and education

Born and raised in the small village of Littleback, North Yorkshire, England, Joanne holds British nationality, and comes from a family of hard-working parents, the owners of a sheep farm, Keith and Ann Froggatt. Joanne celebrates her birthday on 23 August, which makes Leo her zodiac sign. Born in 1980, she just turned 42.

Growing up on a farm, Joanne would spend her spare time reading books – her favorite was “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. She had an interest in acting from an early age too, and dreamed of becoming a famous actress, so she joined the local drama group. Aged 13, she went to Maidenhead, Berkshire, England to study at the Redroofs Theatre School.

During her high school days, she landed a role for herself in the series “Coronation Street”. Upon matriculating in 1998, she didn’t go to college but pursued her acting career.

Roles in series

Prior to her role as Zoe Tattersall in “Coronation Street” (1997-1998), Joanne made her acting debut portraying Kelly Martin in an episode of the series “The Bill” in 1996. She then made an appearance in 124 episodes of the world’s longest-running romantic drama “Coronation Street”, which follows the story of the everyday lives of working-class people in Manchester. The stars of the series are William Roche, Sally Dynevor, and Helen Worth, and it’s had 264 award nominations and 182 wins, including 10 of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.

When Joanne’s character was written out from the series, she followed with her role as Rachel Hicks in “Bad Girls” in 1999.

The early 2000s saw her mostly guest-starring in various series, including “Nice Guy Eddie”, before she had the recurring role as Julia Sawyer in “Paradise Heights” in 2002. Joanne was then seen as Angelique Mahy in the 2004 TV mini-series “Island at War”, also starring Owen Teale, Julia Ford and Saskia Reeves.

In the following years, Joanne had several guest roles before she was cast to play Kate in “Robin Hood”, which was nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA-Saturn Award for Best International Series in 2009.

From 2010 until 2015, she was seen as Anna Bates/Smith in 52 episodes of “Downton Abbey”, followed by her voice role as Wendy in the popular animated series “Bob the Builder” in 2015.

In the 2016 historic crime drama “Dark Angel”, Joanne starred as Mary Ann Cotton in this two-part mini-series, based on the true story of the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann. Her performance brought Joanne the Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

From 2017 until 2020, Joanne was seen as Laura Nielson in “Liar”, opposite Ioan Gruffudd in this crime thriller drama about a teacher Laura, who accused a renowned surgeon Andrew Earlham of rape. This role brought Joanne the Golden Nymph nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series.

Concurrently, Joanne was cast to play Eadie Boulay in the 2019 TV mini-series “The Commons”, a science-fiction drama which was a story about relationships drama and motherhood.

Most recently Joanne was seen as Police Sergeant Jackie O’Hara in “The Harrowing” (2020), and as Angela Black in the eponymous series in 2021, while her fans can enjoy watching her acting in the 2022 series’ “Sherwood” and “Last Light”.

Roles in movies

Joanne’s first movie role was her portrayal of Lizzie Ridd in the 2000 drama “Lorna Doone”, while she made her big-screen debut as Jacquie in the 2002 romantic comedy “Miranda”.

Her first lead role was in the 2003 TV movie “Danielle Cable: Eyewitness”, which was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama, while Joanne was nominated for the Royal Television Society, UK (RTS) Award for Best Actor (Female).

In the following years, she was seen in TV movies “Missing” (2006) and “Murder in the Outback” (2007). She followed with her role as Suzy in the 2010 drama “In Our Name”, a story of a British soldier, Suzy, who struggles to get back into civilian life after returning from Iraq. She is haunted by the death of an Iraqi child, and becomes paranoid and obsessed with the safety of her own child. For her performance, Joanne won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

In 2013, she was seen in “U Want Me 2 Kill Him”, “Still Life”, and “Filth”, while her next roles came in the 2016 movies “Starfish” and “A Street Cat Named Bob”. Her most recent movie roles were in “A Crooked Somebody” (2017) and “One Last Thing” (2018), while in 2019, she reprised her role as Anna Bates in the movie “Downton Abbey”, based on the series.

Joanne’s fans enjoyed her playing Anna Bates in the sequel “Downton Abbey: A New Era” in 2022, and we will tell you great news. She finished the filming of the animated biographic drama “Banking on Mr. Toad”, which is currently in development, and should be released by the end of 2022.

Love life and husband

Joanne is quite secretive when it comes to her personal life, thus she hasn’t spoken about her previous relationships before she met her future husband, James Cannon.

The two were in a long-term relationship which blossomed into a marriage. They married in October 2012, in a private wedding ceremony. James Cannon is an Information Technology (IT) consultant, and being tight-lipped when it comes to her personal matters, Joanne hasn’t shared how and when they met.

It’s known that after the wedding, they lived in Buckinghamshire, England, and were the co-owners of the production company, Run It.

In February 2020, Joanne said in her interview for the Telegraph, that they had separated – she hasn’t disclosed who filed for the divorce, and what the reason for their separation is. The couple didn’t have children together.

As of October 2022, it seems that Joanne is single.

Appearance

The actress presents herself on her social media accounts as ‘small and blonde’, and besides her long, blonde hair, Joanne is known for her cobalt-blue eyes. Speaking of her height, she’s 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, which seems to perfectly fit her weight of around 115lbs (52kgs).

Net worth

Thanks to her acting talent, Joanne has earned a decent amount of money starring in numerous series and movies, so as of late 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.

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