Josie is a brilliant comedienne and actress best known for her work with the Comedy Store Players and for her improvisational skills in the television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Josie Lawrence studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts and received a B.A. Hons degree and in 1996 her college awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.
Lawrence came to public attention as a regular guest on the Channel 4 improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? at its launch in 1988. A talented singer, Lawrence’s speciality on Whose Line was her ability to improvise songs on the spot.
In 1991, she had her own short-lived comedy series Josie, also on Channel 4. The next year she starred in Enchanted April a British remake of the 1935 film based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel.
Josie has appeared in numerous theatre productions which include: Moll Flanders in Moll Flanders ( Lyric. Hammersmith ), Lisa Dolittle in Pygmalion (Nottingham Playhouse), Painting Churches with Sian Philips (West End), and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange) for which she recieved the Manchester Evening News award for Best Acterss.
For the Royal Shakespeare Company Josie has performed the role of Kate in the Taming of the Shrew, Dunyasha in the Cherry Orchard, and Helen of Troy in Faust.
Josie was in the all female production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre playing the lead male Benedick.
In 2001 Josie played Mrs Anna in the King and I at the London Palladium and enjoyed a highly successful nine month run.
In 2006 she starred alongside Peter Davison in The Complete Guide to Parenting as Phoebe Huntley. She has also recently appeared in the BBC 1 drama series Robin Hood and as Mrs Jiniwin in the 2007 ITV adaptation of The Old Curiosity Shop.
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Lawrence starred in three series of the improvised comedy series The Masterson Inheritance from 1993 to 1995 on BBC Radio 4 alongside Paul Merton, Phelim McDermott, Caroline Quentin, Lee Simpson and Jim Sweeney.
She starred in two other BBC Radio 4 comedy series: the science fiction comedy Married in 1996 and the dark comedy series Vent in 2006 as well as appearing in a Galton and Simpson Radio Playhouse 50th Anniversary recording of Clicquot et Fils alongside Richard Griffiths and Roger Lloyd-Pack that originally aired on 29 December 1998.
Lawrence has lent her voice to several audiobooks, the majority of which were books for children. She has recorded several of the books in Roger Hargreaves’ Little Miss series, namely, Bossy, Giggles, Trouble, Tiny, Sunshine, Naughty, Somersault and Neat and four of Jacqueline Wilson’s books, Secrets, The Illustrated Mum, Bad Girls and The Bed and Breakfast Star. Josie Lawrence has also recorded books from Emma Thomson’s Felicity Wishes, Eric Hill’s Spot the Dog and Tony Bradman’s Dilly the Dinosaur, as well as Philip Ridley’s Mercedes Ice and Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom.