JOANNA RIDING

 

Joanna RidingJoanna Riding has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, and has been nominated for two others for her performances in Guys & Dolls and The Witches of Eastwick.

After leaving The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School she worked at Chichester Festival Theatre for a season, playing Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Her first job in the West End was playing Sally in Me and My Girl.

In 1993 she  played the role of Julie Jordan in Nicholas Hytner's  National Theatre revival of Carousel for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In 1995 she played Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music opposite Judi Dench, followed by Sarah Brown in Richard Eyre's revival of Guys and Dolls -  both at the National Theatre. She created the role of Jane Smart in The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and played Eliza Doolittle in Trevor Nunn's National Theatre revival of My Fair Lady,  which won her second Olivier Award. Most recently, Riding starred as Mrs Wilkinson in the London production of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 

Her television work includes The Brian Conley Show (LWT), Casualty (BBC), Strike Command (YTV), Wing and a Prayer (Thames), Holby City (BBC), The Royal (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Heartbeat (YTV), Where the Heart Is (YTV);

Radio includes  The Ruby in the Smoke (BBC7), The Shadow in the North (BBC7), Between Friends (BBC4) and  We (BBC4).

Joanna has recently appeared in the Kneehigh Theatre Company‘s production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in London's West End and most recently been in Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre.

She has just been appearing in the Chichester Festival Production of The Pajama Game played Valerie Hobson in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward and has most recently been starring in The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre in May.