Joanne Thomson is an Actor, Writer and Director from Glasgow, Scotland. Since graduating with a BA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has worked across the UK in both television and theatre.
Her theatre credits include work with the National Theatre of Scotland, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Royal Lyceum, Traverse, and the legendary Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.
Joanne most recently played DS Lisa Harvey in BBC One drama The Victim which was nominated for a BAFTA in this year’s 2020 ceremony. Her performance in ITV’s BAFTA-nominated In Plain Sight won her nominations for 2 Best Actress categories at the IARA awards and her recent BBC prime-time drama The Suffragettes won a BAFTA in 2019. In 2014 she directed the critically acclaimed all-female production Nothing to be Done which won Best Play at the Setkani Festival in Czech Republic.
In 2020 she was selected as a BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer, a 4-year long cross-discipline initiative for British Film & TV professionals across the pond. During lockdown, she co-founded the first online BAFTA New Talent Writer's Group and assists with the running of the Global Women in Film 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 queer-led pilot Spinner & Marie was recently selected for Screenshot's Commendation List by Olivia Colman's production company South of the River Pictures and Sister, the team behind HBO's Chernobyl. It also made the top 2% shortlist on BBC's 2021 Writer's Room callout as well as making it to the Quarterfinals of both Screencraft's Comedy and True Story Competitions.
In 2021 she was selected as one of 10 Short Circuit Convergence participants, a screenwriting programme funded by BFI & Screen Scotland, which will help develop her Short & Feature Film projects. Her short film has also been shortlisted for funding through their Sharp Shorts scheme.
When things get too much, she likes to awkward moon walk out of rooms and she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the TV show Friends so don't challenge her on that because you will lose.
She also definitely didn't write this herself in the third-person.