Jo Joyner
Joyner in 2011
Born
Joanne Mary Joyner

(1977-05-24) 24 May 1977 (age 44)
Harlow, Essex, England
Alma materRoyal Welsh College of Music and Drama
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Television
Spouse(s)
Neil Madden
(m. 2007)
Children2

Joanne Mary Joyner (born 24 May 1977)[1] is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Tanya Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and Mandy Carter in Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.[2] Since 2018, she has starred as Luella Shakespeare in the BBC crime drama series Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.[3]

Early life

Joyner was born in Harlow, Essex to Anne (née McCormick) and Peter Joyner. She has one older brother, David. In 1999, she graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff with a BA in Acting.[4]

Career

After a stint of guest roles in shows such as Always and Everyone, The Cops, Heartbeat and Clocking Off, Joyner came to prominence after playing Beth Nicholls in Channel 4 comedy-drama No Angels between 2004 and 2006. She later appeared in four episodes of North & South as Fanny Thornton and in two episodes of Doctor Who as Lynda Moss. Whilst still appearing in EastEnders in 2011, Joyner appeared in BBC One comedy-drama Candy Cabs as Jackie O’Sullivan. The show received generally poor reviews from critics, with many complaining that the series appeared to be plagiarised from the 1963 British Carry On film Carry On Cabby.[5] Following her eventual departure from EastEnders, she appeared in main roles in shows such as Trying Again in 2014, in BBC drama Ordinary Lies and The Interceptor. From 2015 to 2016, Joyner took on the lead role of the Vicar in two series of the sitcom Marley's Ghosts on Gold.

In June 2017, Joyner began portraying Mandy Carter in Channel 4’s drama Ackley Bridge.[6] She departed from the series in the fourth series in 2021.[7] In February 2018, she started to play Luella Shakespeare, alongside Mark Benton, in the BBC One comedy-drama Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.[8]

In December 2021, Joyner appeared in the Netflix drama series Stay Close as Erin Cartwright.[9]

EastEnders

In June 2006, Joyner began appearing as Tanya Branning in BBC One soap opera EastEnders. Joyner originally turned down the role on the show as she had doubts over whether she could work in a soap opera.[10] She said "It was a massive decision. I said no originally. Playing someone in a soap is a big responsibility. People are very protective of the soap and if you are rubbish you can't get away from it."[10] Also, having worked quietly and successfully in the industry for eight years, Joyner was unsure if she would be comfortable with the level of fame being on EastEnders would bring her.[11] Joyner won the 'Most Popular Actress' award at the Digital Spy Soap Awards in 2008 for the part of Tanya[12] and also went on to win 'Best Dramatic Performance' at the 2008 British Soap Awards and made the final four in the 'Best Actress' category. Joyner was nominated for the "best actress" award at the All About Soap Awards in 2012[13] and later won the award.[14] In 2012, Joyner and co-star Jake Wood won the Best On-Screen Partnership category at the British Soap Awards.[15] On Digital Spy's 2012 end of year reader poll, Joyner was nominated for "Best Female Soap Actor" and came fourth with 13.4% of the vote.[16]

On 1 May 2012, it was reported that Joyner would take a prolonged break from the show at the end of her current contract, to spend time with her family, and an inside source stated that she "will definitely return".[17] However, on 1 April 2013, it was announced that Joyner's departure would be indefinite as she wished to try new career paths. Speaking of this, Joyner said, "I love playing Tanya and being part of such a great show, but she has been on quite a rollercoaster over the past seven years and I have come to realise that it's right for her to step away from Walford for a bit longer than originally planned. I have been very fortunate to have been part of some fantastic storylines over the years, and I have worked with some wonderful people during my time on the show which I will always be very grateful for, but I feel that as a mother and an actress it is time for me to explore some other avenues for a while." Executive Producer Lorraine Newman stated that whilst Tanya will be missed, her exit will bring a new era to the Branning family but refused to say how Tanya will leave the show.[18] Joyner filmed her final scenes on 15 May 2013.[19] She departed the show on 28 June 2013. Joyner reprised the role of Tanya in EastEnders for the 30th anniversary specials in February 2015 and again on Christmas Day 2017 as part of the storyline surrounding the exits of her onscreen daughters.[20]

Personal life

Joyner announced in July 2009 that she was pregnant with twins as a result of IVF treatment.[21] She gave birth to fraternal twins Freddie McCormick and Edie Rose Madden on 7 December 2009.[22]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Queen Bee Laura / Stella Film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Always and Everyone Nurse Episodes #2.7 & #2.8
2001 The Cops Carly Eaden Episodes #3.3 & #3.4
Heartbeat Anna Young Episode: "The Buxton Defence"
2002 Night Flight Brigitte TV film
Clocking Off Tina Episode: "Gary's Story"
2002–2003 Ed Stone Is Dead Lisa Main role; 13 episodes
2003 Serious & Organised Louise Adamson Episode: "Unfaithful"
Spooks Stephanie Mills Episode: "I Spy Apocalypse"
Silent Witness Cathy Mottram 2 episodes
2004 Fat Friends Kirsty Grigg Episode: "Bacon, Bagels and the Bishop"
2004–2006 No Angels Beth Nicholls Main role; 26 episodes
2004 Pretending to be Judith Shop Assistant TV film
Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat Masha Main role; 6 episodes
North & South Fanny Thornton Main role; 4 episodes
2005 Doctor Who Lynda Moss Episodes: "Bad Wolf" & "The Parting of the Ways"
Swinging Various Roles Main role; 7 episodes
2006–2013, 2015, 2017–2018 EastEnders Tanya Branning Series regular; 679 episodes
2010, 2014 Loose Women Herself Guest panellist; 5 episodes
2011 Candy Cabs Jackie O'Sullivan Main role; 3 episodes
2013 Moving On Theresa Episode: "The House"
2014 Trying Again Meg Main role; 8 episodes
Murdoch Mysteries Cecily McKinnon Episodes: "On the Waterfront: Parts 1 & 2"
2015 Ordinary Lies Beth Main role; 6 episodes
The Interceptor Lorna Main role; 8 episodes
2015–2016 Marley's Ghosts Vicar Main role; 9 episodes
2016 The Confessions of Dorian Gray Constance Wilde TV mini-series; main role; 4 episodes
2016–2017 Mount Pleasant Jayne Main role; 10 episodes
2017–2021 Ackley Bridge Mandy Carter Main role; 31 episodes
2017 Be Lucky Ruth Main role; 6 episodes
Porters Dr Kelly Main role; 3 episodes
2018–present Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Luella Shakespeare Lead role; 30 episodes
2018 Hang Ups Clare Maynard Episode #1.1
2019 The Reluctant Landlord Sarah Episode: "Christmas Special"
2021 Stay Close Erin Cartwright

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film or series Result Character
2006 Rose d'Or Best Female Comedy Performer Swinging Won various roles
2007 National Television Awards Most Popular Newcomer EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
Inside Soap Awards Best Newcomer[23] EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
TV Quick and Choice Awards Best Newcomer EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Most Popular Actress[24] EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
British Soap Awards Best Actress[25] EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
Best Dramatic Performance EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
All About Soap Bubble Awards Best Slap (with Lacey Turner) EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
Best Tearjerker EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
Fatal Attraction (with Rob Kazinsky)[26] EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
TV Quick and Choice Awards Best Soap Actress EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
Best Soap Newcomer EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
Inside Soap Awards Best Actress[27] EastEnders Longlisted* Tanya Branning
Best Dramatic Performance[28] EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
2009 All About Soap Bubble Awards I'm A Survivor EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
British Soap Awards Best Actress[29] EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
TV Now Awards Favourite Female Soap Star EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
2011 Inside Soap Awards Best Wedding[30] EastEnders Longlisted* Tanya Branning
Sexiest Female EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
RTS North West Awards Best Performance in a Comedy[31][32] Candy Cabs Nominated Jackie
2012 TRIC Awards TV Soap Personality[33] EastEnders Nominated Tanya Branning
Shorty Awards Best Actress[34] n/a Nominated n/a
Best Fansite[35] n/a Nominated n/a
All About Soap Awards Best Actress[36] EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
Best Couple (with Jake Wood) EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
British Soap Awards Best Actress[37] EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
Best Dramatic Performance EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
Best On-Screen Partnership (with Jake Wood) EastEnders Won Tanya Branning
TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress[38] EastEnders Shortlisted* Tanya Branning
2015 RTS North West Awards[39] Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series (Female) Ordinary Lies Nominated Beth
2018 RTS Midlands Awards[40] Female Acting Performance Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Nominated Luella Shakespeare

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