Joanne Froggatt was born 23 August, 1980 in Littlebeck, North Yorkshire. She is an English actress who is best known for playing Anna Bates on Downton Abbey. Her parents are former shop owners who now have a farm in Whitby, and raise rare-breed sheep. Froggatt also appeared in the TV series: Coronation Street, Bad Girls, The Street, The Bill, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Moving On, The Royle Family, Nature Boy, Other People's Children, Rebus , Red Cap, A Touch of Frost, Spooks, Life on Mars The Secrets, Dark Angel, Dinnerladies, The Last Detective, Island at War and Robin Hood. She will appear in the black comedy feature film Filth, with James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent.
Joanne Froggatt married James Cannon in October of 2012.