was born in Old Hill in the West Midlands in 1959, the
youngest daughter of Kath and Bert Lawrence and sister to twins John and
From the age of five Josie wanted to be an actress and when she was
sixteen she joined the Barlow Players in Oldbury.
From 1978 to 1981 she
studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts and received a B.A. Hons
degree – in 1996 her college awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of
Josie has appeared in numerous theatre productions which include:
Moll Flanders in Moll Flanders ( Lyric. Hammersmith )
* Lisa Dolittle in Pygmalion
* Painting Churches with Sian Philips (West
* Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions (West End)
* Frozen and the
Alchemist (National Theatre)
* Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing – Manchester
Evening News award for Best Acterss – (Royal Exchange)
* Gabby in Picasso’s
Women (National Theatre).
For the Royal Shakespeare Company Josie performed
the role of Kate in the Taming of the Shrew (Dame Peggy Ashcroft award for
Best Actress), Dunyasha in the Cherry Orchard, & Helen of Troy in Faust.
2001 Josie played Mrs Anna in the King and I at the London Palladium and
enjoyed a highly successful nine month run.
Josie was in the all female
production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre playing the lead
In 2005 she played Mrs. Overall’s evil daughter in Acorn
Antiques in the West End.
There are too many television roles to mention so here are a few!
* The Green
Man with Albert Finney
* Norbert Smith with Harry Enfield
* Swalk & Lunch In
The Park with Paul Merton
* Fat Frends
* Three series of the award winning
* and her own series - Josie.
Josie is perhaps best known for her
skill at comedy improvisation and appeared in seven episodes of the
B.A.F.T.A. award winning Whose Line Is It Anyway?
She has also
been a member of the Comedy Store Players for the last nineteen years.
Films include Enchanted
April with Joan Plowright and the Sineater with Rhys Iffans.
Josie also writes, directs, and works on many radio productions.
In 2003 Josie spent eight months walking across China, Cuba, Peru and
Tanzania for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and helped to raise over £550,000.
In 2005 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Sunfield – a school for children with
learning difficulties - of which she is a patron.
in 2006 she will be appearing in Miss Marple and an episode of the Last
Detective. In April Josie starts work on a new series - Easy Peasy - playing the
wife of Peter Davidson..