JOANNA CHRISTIE

Joanna’s first big break was landing the part of “Jill” in the West End production of Peter Schaffer‘s controversial play, “Equus”, starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe. Joanna graduated from the prestigious Mountview stage school and immediately landed a lead role in the National Youth Theatre’s acclaimed production “Immaculate Conceit”. She was …
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Actress (17 credits)
 2018 It’s Freezing Out There (TV Series)
Jo
 2018 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Brooke Gardner

E Ho’oko Kuleana (2018) … Brooke Gardner
 2017 Elementary (TV Series)
May

Hurt Me, Hurt You (2017) … May
Scrambled (2017) … May
 2016 Ø (TV Mini-Series)
Ella

Episode #1.5 (2016) … Ella
Episode #1.4 (2016) … Ella
Episode #1.2 (2016) … Ella
Episode #1.3 (2016) … Ella
Episode #1.1 (2016) … Ella
 2015-2016 Narcos (TV Series)
Connie Murphy

The Enemies of My Enemy (2016) … Connie Murphy
The Good, the Bad, and the Dead (2016) … Connie Murphy
Our Man in Madrid (2016) … Connie Murphy
Free at Last (2016) … Connie Murphy
La Catedral (2015) … Connie Murphy
 2013 Eyelashes (Short)
Mollie
 2013 Mr Selfridge (TV Series)
Young Suffragette

Episode #1.6 (2013) … Young Suffragette
 2012 Starlings (TV Series)
Nurse Trudy

Episode #1.4 (2012) … Nurse Trudy
 2012 Doctors (TV Series)
Kerry Longley

Yesterday (2012) … Kerry Longley
Tomorrow (2012) … Kerry Longley
 2011 Misfits (TV Series)
Jo

Episode #3.6 (2011) … Jo
 2010 The Girl and the Fish (Short)
Evie
 2010 Doctor Faustus (Greenwich Theatre) (Video)
Evil Angel / Helen of Troy
 2008 Small Dark Places (TV Short)
Christine Welling
 2008 Star (Short)
Star
 2008 Inspector Lewis (TV Series)
Sarah Kriel

Music to Die For (2008) … Sarah Kriel
 2005 No Angels (TV Series)
Kirsty Lanning

Episode #2.5 (2005) … Kirsty Lanning
 2005 Holby City (TV Series)
Victoria Walsh

Overload (2005) … Victoria Walsh
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Joanna Christie

Joanna Christie

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Joanna Christie
Born Joanna Lauren Christie
(1982-04-10) 10 April 1982 (age 35)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Education Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)

Joanna Lauren Christie (born 10 April 1982)[1] is an English actress and singer. She is noted for her work in the play Equus (2007) alongside Daniel Radcliffe, but is best known for her role as Girl in the Broadway musical Once. Christie played Connie Murphy, one of the lead female characters, in the hit Netflix television series Narcos.

Early life[edit]

Christie was born and raised,[2] in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire until the age of 13, when she was awarded a music scholarship to study flute, piano, and voice[3] at Oundle School in Northamptonshire. Five years later, she moved to London to attend drama school at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.[2]

She joined the National Youth Theatre at 17, where she made her breakthrough stage role in Immaculate Conceit, a play about a stripper who is pregnant with the next messiah.[1][4] She then found small roles in television,[5] before joining Kevin Spacey‘s Old Vic, New Voices collective for a year in 2005.[4][6] She was delighted to be part of the collective of actors taking part in the 24-hour plays at The Old Vic. The group received its name because Spacey, who selected the actors, believed them to be the best new actors around.

After a five-month tour of India performing Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Jaipur in 2006, she returned to Britain,[7] but endured a lean year and nearly gave up acting altogether when she landed the role of Jill Mason in her West End debut in Equus at the Gielgud Theatre.[8] She beat over 300 other actresses to the role opposite Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Thea Sharrock‘s high-profile revival of Peter Shaffer‘s award-winning play.[2][9]

Personal life[edit]

Christie lives in New York and her hobbies include yoga, running, kickboxing, and scuba diving.[10][11] She used to be part of her brother’s band called Luke J Christie & The Held Breath until she moved to New York City to star as Girl in Once.

Road to Broadway[edit]

Christie said that being on Broadway is “every dream [she’s] ever had come true.”[12] However, right before she landed the role in Once, she was about to give up. “I felt like I was at my lowest, and I decided to go back to university to do anthropology,”[13] she said in an interview with broadway.com. Her audition process was rather strenuous, having to learn two full songs on the piano and three scenes in a Czech accent in a mere 24 hours.

Music projects[edit]

Christie recorded a song called “This Gift” with Glen Hansard, who composed many of the songs in Once. The song was released on his solo album, Rhythm and Repose. She says that it is “one of the biggest honours of my life so far…I still can’t quite believe it!”[10]

Inspired by her move to Broadway last year, she is scheduled to release an album entitled The Year of Joy & Tears set for release later this year.

On 20 April 2014, she collaborated with her Once cast members and contributed her piano and vocal talents for a live-album recording of the Adam Brown and Friends performance at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Family[edit]

Christie’s mother, Sue, in addition to conducting for the Millhouse Green Male Voice choir in Penistone, sings with The Mastersingers.[3] Her father Paul, who died in 2012, was a property developer.[3] Her brother Luke is also a musician, singer, and songwriter. The pair have a band together called Luke J Christie & The Held Breath.[10] She was inspired by her parents, who taught her that she “could do anything [she] wanted in life and to always be [her]self and follow [her] own path.”[10] She has been highly influenced by her parents her whole life. “I owe all my success to my parents for giving me the opportunities to get to this point in my career and I would like to pay tribute to them…I’m just so grateful to my mum for giving me the gift of music and to both her and my dad for always supporting and encouraging me,” she explained in a 2013 interview with the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Holby City Victoria Walsh
2005 No Angels Kirsty Lanning
2008 Inspector Lewis’ Sarah Kriel
2008 Star Star
2008 Small Dark Places Christine Welling
2011 Misfits Jo
2012 Doctors Kerry Longley
2012 Starlings Nurse Trudy
2013 Mr Selfridge Young Suffragette
2015 – 2016 Narcos Connie Murphy Main Cast
14 episodes
2017 Elementary

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Immaculate Conceit Sofia Lyric Hammersmith
2005 A Course in A Restaurant Julie The Old Vic
2005 Carsinoma Collette The Old Vic
2006 Alice’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Alice City Palace
2007 Equus Jill Mason Gielgud Theatre
2008 One Night in November Katie Stanley Belgrade Theatre
2009 School For Scandal Maria Greenwich Theatre
2009 Doctor Faustus Evil Angel/Helen of Troy Greenwich Theatre
2012 Bloody Poetry Claire Clairmont Jermyn St Theatre
2013 Once Girl Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre