Joanne
Thomson

Joanne is an Actor, Writer and Director from Glasgow, Scotland.

Since graduating with a BA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she has also trained with the Groundlings Improv School in Los Angeles. She has worked extensively across the UK as an actor and has directed internationally award-winning theatre.

Her theatre credits include working with the National Theatre of Scotland, Bristol Old Vic, Citizens Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Royal Lyceum, Traverse and the legendary Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. 

She recently played DS Lisa Harvey in BBC One drama The Victim which was nominated for a BAFTA and her performance in ITV’s BAFTA-nominated In Plain Sight won her two Best Actress nominations at the IARA awards. She also appeared in BBC’s prime-time drama The Suffragettes, which won a BAFTA in 2019. In 2021, Joanne was selected as a BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer in addition to being chosen for Glasgow Film Festival’s New Talent scheme as a Writer/Director.

In 2022, she was also chosen as one of the Traverse Theatre’s Breakthrough Writers. Joanne also co-founded the first online BAFTA New Talent Writer's Group and assists with the running of the Global Women in Film Club in an effort to keep creative support and conversation thriving throughout our new normal.

Her passion lies in championing underrepresented voices and her writing has placed in several Screencraft competitions, made the BBC Writer’s Room Top 2% List, Olivia Colman’s South of the River & Sister’s Commendation List and won WWFC’s LA Pilot Accelerator in association with Netflix, HBO & Blumhouse. 

Her queer, women-led pilot Spinner & Marie also won C21’s coveted Screenwriting Award at Content London in 2021 and her debut film, which she will also co-direct, was recently shortlisted for BFI funding and will go into production in 2022.

CV

Television

Amy McCallum 
Director Kate Cheeseman
Left Bank Pictures/ Starz
DS Lisa Harvey 
Director Niall MacCormick
STV/BBC 1
Mary Leigh 
Director Emma Frank
BBC
Detective Iris Laird (Series Lead) 
Director John Strickland
World Productions / ITV
Amy 
Director Stuart Davids
RCS / BBC Scotland

Theatre

Prudencia Hart 
Director Debbie Hannan
Royal Exchange Theatre
Sebastian 
Director Wils Wilson
The Royal Lyceum / Bristol Old Vic
Miranda 
Director Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre, Covent Garden
Molly 
Director Tessa Walker
Traverse / Birmingham Rep / National Theatre Scotland
Bethany 
Director Dominic Hill
Citizens Theatre / ATG
Helena 
Director Emily Reutlinger
Bard in the Botanics
Steph 
Director Amanda Gaughan
Traverse Theatre
Kimberly 
Director Mark Thomson
Royal Lyceum / Citizens Theatre
Else 
Director Maggie Kinloch & John Kazek
Cockpit Theatre / Tron Theatre
Celia Mann 
Director Tony Cownie
RCS
Lynn 
Director Janette Foggo
Tron Theatre
Lady Macduff 
Director Ali De Souza
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lou 
Director Emily Reutlinger / Debbie Hannan
Theatre Uncut / Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Cinderella 
Director Paul Elliot
King's Theatre, Edinburgh
Madame Pernelle 
Director Tony Cownie
RCS
Kirsten 
Director Andy Arnold
Tron Theatre / Ankur Productions
Sorrow 
Director Bill Wright
Tron Theatre, Glasgow / Rekindle

Film

Rose 
Director Sedona May Tubbs
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Anna 
Director Kate Burton
Digicult
Rose 
Director Al and Al
Digicult / BFI
Sunsets and Silhouettes
Scottish BAFTA Winner 2012
Jenny 
Director Tim Courtney
Factotum Films
Girl 
Director Shaun Hughes
Factotum
Jackie 
Director Keir Siewert
Breaking Point Flix