Josie Lawrence trained at Dartington College of Arts, where she gained a Theatre degree B.A Honours and was later made an Honorary Doctor of Arts. She has also been awarded the Doctor of Arts (Wolverhampton University), and Doctor of Letters (Aston University). In 2011 she was awarded the Freedom of Sandwell.
Theatre credits include: Faust, The Cherry Orchard and The Taming Of The Shrew – won The Dame Peggy Ashcroft Award for Best Actress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Frozen, Picasso's Women and The Alchemist (National Theatre); The Cherry Orchard and Hapgood (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Do Not Feed (Landor Theatre); The King And I (London Palladium); Acorn Antiques The Musical (The Haymarket); Alarms And Excursions (The Gielgud); Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange - Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe); Pygmalian and Tatyanna (Nottingham Playhouse); Moll Flanders (Lyric, Hammersmith); Valued Friends (Hampstead); Passionaria (Newcastle Playhouse); Carmen (Bolton Octagon); Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and The Trial Of Frankenstein (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Poppy and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Half Moon Theatre) and Berlin Days Hollywood Nights and Songs For Stray Cats (Paines Plough).
Television credits include: Stella (Sky 1); Humans, Josie, Keen Eddie, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Friday Night Live and The Comic Strip Presents (Channel 4); You Have Been Watching With Meera Syal (GOLD); The Kennedy's, Jonathan Creek, Robin Hood, EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty, Holby City, Wizards And Aliens, Common Ground, The Last Detective, A Many Splintered Thing, SWALK, Lunch In The Park With Paul Merton, Bill's New Frock, Absolutely Fabulous, Miss Marple, Poirot, Rachel And The Roarettes, Campaign and Norbet Smith, A Life (BBC); Minder, The Old Curiosity Shop, Outside Edge, Fat Friends, The Flint Street Nativity, Downwardly Mobile, The Green Man and Not With A Bang (ITV) and Skins (E4).
Film credits include: Finding Your Feet (Eclipse Films); Enchanted April (Miramax); The American Way (Kerrash Productions); The Sin Eater (Lawless Films); Married To Malcolm (Cinelove); Mam (Vigo Films); Looking For Vi (Short Film); Round Ireland With A Fridge (Fridge D'or Films) and Bonobo (Fable Films).
Improvisation credits include: for television - Whose Line Is It Anyway?, A Word In Your Era and Trust Us With Your Life; for radio - The Masterson Inheritance and The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (BBC Radio 4) and live shows include Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Adelphi 2015 and London Palladium 2016).
Since 1985 Josie has been a member of The Comedy Store Players based at London's famous Comedy Store. They are in The Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running comedy group. She is also the only British player to play on the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
In 2016 Josie created the all female Improv group The Glenda J Collective.
Radio credits include: Little Lifetimes, Regular contestant on Just A Minute, Agnes Nutter In Good Omens, Thanks A Lot Milton Jones, Reluctant Persuaders, Vent, Married, Maggie Hart Galtieri, The Provoked Wife, Pride And Prejudice, Man Of Soup, The Big Fun Show and Book At Bedtime.
Audio Books and Animation credits include: The Little Miss series, Secrets, The Illustrated Mum, Bad Girls, The Bed And Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson, Jamaica Inn, Enchanted April, Seesaw, Mercedes Ice, Room On The Broom, Sun At Midnight, Dog And Duck, Dawdle The Donkey, Elephant Family, Stone Hill Ponies, Peter Rabbit, Pigling Bland and Gogs.
Josie is a member of the music group The Josie Lawrence Steve Edis Trio.