Raised in Wales, Joanna Scanlan, 56, became an actor in her mid-30s. Her TV work includes the comedy series The Thick Of It, Rev and No Offence, and she was nominated for a Bafta for Getting On, an NHS comedy that she co-wrote and starred in. Her film roles include Notes On A Scandal, In The Loop and Testament Of Youth. Most recently, she starred in the BBC drama Requiem, which is out now on DVD. She is married and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
Swimming down the Thames on a full moon night 10 years ago. It was dangerous, but extremely joyful.
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