Emily Joyce

The youngest of three sisters, all of whom are in the entertainment business in the UK. Their mother loved the theater and took the three girls to shows constantly. Joyce decided to join the National Youth Theatre at the age of fifteen. She worked for Vogue magazine for sustenance during this period of learning the skills of her future career, preparing for drama school. She formed the musical band "In Spite of All That" at the age of seventeen, playing the part of its lead singer. Including the time in drama school, Joyce spent three years as a part of this band.

After drama school, Joyce joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first television role being in the ITV drama Cracker, where she played the murderess in a 1995 episode of the series. She starred in another ITV1 drama series, Grafters, in 1999.

Joyce's highest profile role so far was as co-star in the British comedy series My Hero. Joyce played the character of Janet Dawkins, opposite superhero Thermoman - originally played by Ardal O'Hanlon and followed by James Dreyfus. Dawkins and Thermoman became lovers at the start of the first series, and then married in a late second series episode.

Joyce's most recent television appearances include featuring in the last episode of the fourth season of the BBC mysterious crime series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, playing the part of DC Havers' new boss and the light-hearted drama Hotel Babylon in 2007, playing the part of Estelle. She also played Kate in the comedy drama Little Devil.She can currently be seen appearing in Happy Now?, a new play by Lucinda Coxon at the National Theatre, London.

Joyce married Adam Astle in July 2002. They have a son Gabriel Ace, born in 2000, and a daughter Bailey Jem, born in 2003.

Emily Joyce

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