Joanne Victoria Hartley (born 12 March 1972) is an English actress born in Oldham, Lancashire who has appeared in many British television series, including This is England, Not Safe For Work, After Life and Bliss; as well as in the films The Young Victoria (2009), Eddie the Eagle (2016), Slaughterhouse Rulez, and Torvill & Dean (both 2018).
Hartley was brought up in a working-class family, attending North Chadderton School in Chadderton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. She started acting at the age of 11 in her school production of The Sound of Music as Gretel Von Trappe. She then joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, developing her acting skills until the age of 17, when she stopped acting to work at British Aerospace (BAe) on a Youth Training Scheme. where she worked as a secretary in the office for two years until leaving BAe to join Japan Airlines as a flight attendant.
In her mid-twenties, Hartley left the aviation industry to pursue a career as an actor. Hartley returned to England, in London studying at the Questors Theatre in Ealing, where she studied method acting and Stanislavski's system until landing her first movie role in the 2004 Shane Meadows directed Crime Drama Thriller film Dead Man's Shoes as 'Marie'.
Hartley has made appearances in many British productions, including films such as Northern Soul and Me and Her both in 2004; Terra Firma and Flushed in 2008; and The Crossing, Janet and Bernard and I Don't Care in 2014. Hartley has been a character actor in many TV films and TV series since 2004, with her most notable roles in This Is England '86, This Is England '88 and This Is England '90, the follow-on TV mini-series to the film. In movies Hartley has appeared in This Is England (2006) as Cynthia, and the feature film The Young Victoria in 2009, with Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend.
In 2016 Hartley appeared as Janette, Eddie's mother in the movie Eddie the Eagle appearing alongside Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. She co-starred in the David Cross series Bliss opposite Heather Graham as one of two partners of a fraudulent travel writer.  Hartley also appeared in the comedy horror film Slaughterhouse Rulez, alongside Asa Butterfield and Simon Pegg.
After a successful pilot episode, Hartley played the role of Bethan's mum `Katrina' who suffers from bipolar disorder in the BBC series In My Skin which aired on BBC1 in 2020. In April 2020, Hartley returned as June in the second series of Ricky Gervais's After Life.
|2004||Dead Man's Shoes ||Marie|
|Northern Soul (short film) ||Jo Sherbert|
|Me and Her (Short film)||Coleen|
|2006||This Is England||Cynthia|
|2007||Bigboy_74 (Short film)||Woman|
|2008||Terra Firma (Short film)||Debbie |
|Flushed (Short film)||Mrs Mop|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Landlady|
|At Dusk (Short film)||Woman|
|When the Lights Went Out||Jeanette|
|2013||Sea Change (Short film)||Unnamed|
|2014||The Crossing (Short film)||Juliet|
|Janet and Bernard (Short film)||Janet|
|I Don't Care (Short film)||Mandy|
|2016||Eddie the Eagle||Janette Edwards |
|David Brent: Life on the Road||Pauline Gray|
|Gibberish (Short film)||Mother|
|Access All Areas||Libby|
|2018||Slaughterhouse Rulez||Babs Wallace|
|Torvill and Dean ||Betty Torvill|
|2007||Recovery||Vicky Nathan||Television film|
|2009||Crying with Laughter||Karen|
|Casualty 1900s||Anna Baker||2 episodes|
|2010||Pulse||Loz Westmoor||Television film|
|This Is England '86||Cynthia||4 episodes|
|Moving On||Natalie||1 episode|
|2011||Waterloo Road||Laura Taylor||1 episode|
|Stolen||April Harris||Television film|
|The Jury||Ann Skailes||5 episodes|
|This Is England '88||Cynthia Fields||3 episodes|
|2012||Coming Up||Mandy Slade||1 episode: "Postcode Lottery"|
|2013||Law & Order: UK||Lindsey Donovan||1 episode|
|2013–2014||The Mimic||Jean||11 episodes|
|2015||Not Safe for Work||Angela||6 episodes |
|This Is England '90||Cynthia Fields||4 episodes |
|2016||Vera||Grace||1 episode: "Tuesday's Child"|
|2018||Bliss||Denise Larkspur||6 episodes|
|2018–2020||In My Skin ||Katrina Gwyndaf (Bethan's mother)||6 episodes|
|2019–present||After Life ||June||Main role, 9 episodes|
|2019||Don’t Forget The Driver||Mel||Episode 4|
|Temple||Professor Kirby||Episode 5|
|2020||Sick of It||Lillie||1 episode |
- "30 minutes with 'This is England' actress Jo Hartley". manchestersfinest.com. 2011.
- "Not Safe For Work – Jo Hartley Interview". comedy.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Interview: Jo Hartley, star of This Is England '90". themetropolist.com. 2015.
- "An interview with Jo Hartley – The Mimic S2". Channel 4. 2014.
- "Jo Hartley interview". scotsman.com. 2018.
- "Jo Hartley Is a Brilliantly British Actress – But Her Cultural Influences Span from Italy to Japan". phoenixmag.co.uk. 2018.
- "Bliss Review". LA Times. 2018.
- "Slaughterhouse Rulez review: A wildly scattergun British horror comedy". independent.co.uk. 2018.
- "BBC orders a dark comedy about a teen and her mentally ill mum". Chortle. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
- "Exclusive: Tony Way and Jo Hartley on the genius of Ricky Gervais and After Life: Series 2". heyuguys.com. 2020.
- "Dead Man's Shoes". BBFC. 2018.
- Jo Hartley & Michael Smiley Independent, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2017
- "Torvill and Dean ITV Drama Biopic cast confirmed". Radio times. 2018.
- "Jo Hartley interview for Not Safe for Work". Channel 4. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "In my skin series". comedy.co.uk. 2018.
- "Sick of It season 2 review: Karl Pilkington's superb series finds the profound in the mundane". radiotimes.com. 2020.