Date of Birth : Aug 25th 1964
Born in Salford, she was brought up in Stockport, and initially appeared in bit parts in soap operas, especially Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Her film roles include an early, non-speaking part in Pink Floyd’s The Wall; as a young Beatles fan in Birth of the Beatles’, the fantasy adventure Willow; the mystery noir Shattered and the role of Christine Keeler in Scandal, about the Profumo Affair.
She was married to actor Val Kilmer from 1988 to 1996 and has two children. During her marriage, she used the name Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. (Kilmer was also in Willow, which was released in 1988.)
She has appeared in television films, including the 2000 tele-film Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in which she played the title character.
In 2003, she collaborated with the pop-punk band blink-182 to read a letter at the beginning of the song “Stockholm Syndrome.”
In 2005, she appeared as Mary I of England in The Virgin Queen, a BBC serial about the life of Queen Elizabeth I.