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Joanna David Biography

Birth Name:
Joanna Elizabeth Hacking
Birth Place:
Lancaster, England

Fast Facts

  • Father went bankrupt when she was ten, leading the family to lose all their possessions
  • Won a scholarship to the Elmhurst Ballet School at 13, but failed to get into the Royal Ballet School years later
  • Enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1960's
  • Adopted the stage name David, taken from her mother's first name, Davida
  • Big break was the BBC's Sense and Sensibility in 1971, after which she worked prolifically in costume dramas
  • Married Edward Fox in 2004 after 33 years of living together
  • Is a patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity
  • Is vice-president of the Theatrical Guild
  • Contracted Ménière's disease in 2008
  • Has been friends with Downton Abbey co-star Dame Maggie Smith for over four decades