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Josie Lawrence
Mother Courage

Josie trained at Dartington College of Arts, where she gained a Theatre degree B.A Honours and was later made an Honorary Doctor of Arts. She has also been awarded the Doctor of Arts (Wolverhampton University), and Doctor of Letters (Aston University). In 2011 she was awarded the Freedom of Sandwell.


Theatre includes: For The Royal Shakespeare Company: Helen of Troy in Faust; Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard; Kate in The Taming Of The Shrew (winner - Dame Peggy Ashcroft Award for Best Actress). For The National Theatre: Agnetha in Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Dora in Picasso’s Women; Doll Common in The Alchemist.
 Other theatre includes: Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Hapgood in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (Birmingham Rep); Woman in Do Not Feed (Landor); Mrs Anna in The King And I (London Palladium); Bonnie in Acorn Antiques The Musical (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Alarms And Excursions (Gielgud): Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange, winner - Manchester Evening News Award  for Best Actress); Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Tatyanna in Tatyanna, Passionaria (Nottingham Playhouse); Moll in Moll Flanders (Lyric Hammersmith); Valued Friends (Hampstead); Carmen in Carmen (Bolton Octogon); Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, The Trial Of Frankenstein (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Dick in Poppy, Bert in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Half Moon): Berlin Days Hollywood Nights, Songs For Stray Cats (Paines Plough).


TV includes: Stella (Sky 1); Humans, The Kennedy’s, Jonathan Creek, Robin Hood, Eastenders, Doctors, Casualty, Holby City, Wizards And Aliens, Common Ground, The Last Detective, A Many Splintered Thing, SWALK, Lunch In The Park with Paul Merton, Bill’s New Frock, Absolutely Fabulous, Miss Marple, Poirot, Rachel And The Roarettes, Campaign, Norbet Smith, A Life (BBC); You Have Been Watching with Meera Syal (GOLD); Minder, The Old Curiosity Shop, three series plus Christmas special of Outside Edge, Fat Friends, The Flint Street Nativity, Downwardly Mobile, The Green Man, Not With A Bang (ITV); Skins (E4); Josie, Keen Eddie, nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Friday Night Live, The Comic Strip Presents (Channel 4).


Film includes: Finding Your Feet; Enchanted April; The American Way; The Sin Eater; Married To Malcolm; Mam; Looking For Vi; Round Ireland With A Fridge; Bonobo.


Improvisation: TV: nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Josie is the only British player to play on the American version of this show; A Word in Your Era; Trust Us With Your Life. Radio: The Masterson Inheritance, The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (Radio 4). 
Live: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2015 - Adelphi, 2016 - London Palladium). 
Since 1985, Josie has been a member of The Comedy Store Players based at London’s famous Comedy Store. They are in The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest running comedy group. 
In 2016, Josie created the all female impro group The Glenda J Collective.


Radio includes: Little Lifetimes; regular contestant on Just A Minute; Agnes Nutter in Good Omens; Thanks A Lot Milton Jones; Reluctant Persuaders; Vent; Married; Maggie Hart Galtieri; The Provoked Wife; Pride And Prejudice; Man Of Soup; The Big Fun Show; Book At Bedtime.


Audio Books and Animations include: The Little Miss series: Secrets; The Illustrated Mum; Bad Girls; The Bed And Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson; Jamaica Inn; Enchanted April; Seesaw; Mercedes Ice; Room On The Broom; Sun At Midnight; Dog And Duck; Dawdle The Donkey; Elephant Family; Stone Hill Ponies; Peter Rabbit; Pigling Bland; Gogs.


Josie is a member of the music group The Josie Lawrence Steve Edis Trio.