Years active 1990–present
Name Joanna Forest
|Education Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts|
Joanna forest performance at bhafc
Joanna Forest is an Official UK Number 1 Classical Album selling soprano.
- Joanna forest performance at bhafc
- Stars are rising album preview joanna forest
- Early life
- Peter Pan
- Television and film
- Personal life
Stars are rising album preview joanna forest
Forest trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Forest's debut album, Stars Are Rising, which was recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Arts Symphonic Orchestra, was released on 10 March 2017 and went straight to number one in the Official Classical Album Chart. This made Forest the first independent classical artist to reach number one with a debut album. The album was produced, orchestrated and conducted by Robert Emery, receiving critical acclaim including "Album of the Week" in The Sunday Mirror and nationwide radio play including Classic FM (UK) and BBC Radio.
In 2014, Forest performed at Busting to Sing in the West End in aid of breast cancer awareness charity, CoppaFeel! where she duetted with Paul Potts singing "Point of No Return". Forest now regularly performs live in established venues across the UK.
Prior to launching her career as a classical crossover soprano, Forest spent many years performing both on stage and on television. She made her West End debut at the age of 13, creating the role of Collette in Bernadette the Musical, which ran at the Dominion Theatre. She would perform again at the Dominion several more times appearing in the Royal Variety Performance which was televised for the BBC.
Forest's next West End appearance was at the Strand Theatre, (now renamed Novello Theatre), where she created the role of Charlotte in the play "The Weekend", Written by Michael Palin and also starring Richard Wilson, it was produced by Robert Fox and David Pugh Associates, and directed by Robin Lefevre.
Forest played a lead role in the Bill Kenwright production of Dr. Dolittle the musical in 2008/2009, performing alongside Tommy Steele. This production was directed by Bob Tomson and Karen Bruce.
Forest has played Wendy Darling in Peter Pan in venues such as The Mayflower, Southampton; The Grand Opera House, Belfast; The New Theatre, Cardiff; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe; The Nottingham Theatre Royal; The Theatre Royal, Newcastle; The New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Theatre Royal Bath and The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, performing alongside Shane Ritchie, Steve McFadden, Joe Pasquale, Paul Nicholas, Leslie Grantham amongst others.
Television and film
Forest's television work includes The Upper Hand for Central Television, on which she portrayed Katie for several episodes, which was directed by Martin Dennis and starring Joe McGann; a series regular for Think About Science for BBC Schools playing Jenny, directed by Adrian Hedley; Karen in Agony; and Live TV's Daily Soap.
Forest also appeared in commercials for the "Yorkie...it's not for girls!" campaign and on 18 July 2017 she took part in a gender role discussion on ITV1s Good Morning Britain, which featured her in a Yorkie (chocolate bar) advertisement. Other advertisement work include Honeycomb Cereal, Kool Aid Drink, and the Rule Bet arcade game.
In 2011 she played the role of Nettle in the feature film, Crab Island.
Able to provide vocal ranges from five years old to adult, she has voiced Fisher Price Toys – the talking calculator, The Calcubot, and the reading aid The Alphabet Buddie. More voiceover work includes, Boots, Marmite and Quality Street, adverts, voicing Sonya in the animated cartoon Mad Sonya, and the voice of Mother in the audio book, William's War.
At the age of just 21, after training at Italia Conti, Forest was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is considered one of the youngest ever sufferers of the disease and since making a full recovery has dedicated much of her time to the charity CoppaFeel! of which she is one of their Boobette ambassadors. In April 2016, Forest married James Selby at the Crazy Bear Hotel in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire.