Joanna Hickman:
Actor, Singer, Cellist

Joanna started life as a very small cellist, picking up the instrument at the age of 5 and going on to gain grade 8 distinction aged 16 and study at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. However, a love of acting and singing took over and she spent most of her time at Cambridge University performing on stage at the ADC Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre. After gaining her BA in Modern Languages, she therefore went on to Central School of Speech and Drama to study acting and singing.
Since graduating, she has worked regularly on stage in both 'straight' and musical theatre, working for directors that include Juliet Forster, Sarah Esdaile, Rachel O'Riordan, John Doyle, Sir Peter Hall and Craig Revel-Horwood.
Highlights of her career include being the first actual cellist to play Jane Smart in The Witches of Eastwick, directed by Craig Revel Horwood for the Watermill Theatre, playing Matty Crompton in a new two-hander adaptation of 'Angels and Insects' (York Theatre Royal) and Johanna in the UK tour of John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of 'Sweeney Todd'.
She is comfortable with a range of accents and vocal styles, from operatic soprano to belt, via musical theatre mix and character voices (including Judy Garland - see voice clips...).  Her vocal range goes from F below middle C to  top Cs and Ds.  She is always keen to learn new instruments, and has recently been learning the flute and the double bass.  With her ability to sightsing and hold difficult harmonies, she is ideally suited to session work and workshops.
A petite 5 foot 2, she has often been cast as children or young women, from Tiny Tim (!) to romantic leads Tess Durbeyfield, Johanna, Sibyl Vane and Lucy Westenra.
For further information, please contact her agent Phil Belfield at Belfield and Ward or voice agent Katie Matthews at I Can Talk Ltd (

Photo taken by Carl Proctor