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Joanna Page (Welsh actress) Bio, Facts.

Joanna Page
Born Name: Joanna Louise Page
Date of Birth: 23 March 1977
Place of Birth: Treboeth, Swansea, Wales
Height: 1.58 m
Occupation: Actress
Spouse(s): James Thornton ​(m. 2003)​
Children: 3 (Eva Thornton)
Joanna Louise Page (born 23 March 1977) is a Welsh actress. She appeared as Stacey Shipman in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey. She also played Dora Spenlow in the 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield.

Early life
Page was born in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales. She attended Mynyddbach Comprehensive School, where she was head girl. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998.

On graduation from RADA, Page spent ten years in stage-based roles, mainly costume dramas for the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. This led to appearances in film productions, including From Hell, Mine All Mine, Love Actually and Miss Julie.

Page came to wider public attention after taking a leading role in the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, playing the main part of Stacey Shipman. On 23 November 2007, she turned on the Christmas lights in Barry Island, 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 2009, she was the cover star of FHM.

In 2010, she hosted Sky 1 show My Pet Shame. In October, she became the new face of Superdrug.

From May 2011, Page provided the voice of the lead character in the first season of Nick Jr. UK's pre-school animation, Poppy Cat and is later replaced by Jessica Ransom from BBC's Doc Martin. 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.

In August 2019, Page narrated Britain's Parking Hell on Channel 5 and appeared in the return Christmas episode of Gavin and Stacey.

Personal life
Page is married to English actor James Thornton. 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.

Page is an ambassador for the charity PDSA, and raises funds for Breast Cancer Care.

Page and Thornton have three children – a daughter born in February 2013, and sons born in April 2015 and December 2016.

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