Joanna Vanderham: Bio, Career, Net worth & more

Who is Joanna Vanderham?

Scottish actress Joanna Vanderham was born on October 17, 1990. Her first appearance in the Sky One crime drama The Runaway earned her a nomination for an International Emmy Award (2011). 

Later, Joanna Vanderham was cast in important roles in television miniseries like Man in an Orange Shirt, One of Us, and Dancing on the Edge. She is now seen in the acclaimed Cinemax series Warrior as Penelope Blake.

Joanna Vanderham Biography
Joanna Vanderham Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameJoanna Vanderham
BirthdayOctober 18, 1991
Age32 years old
Sun signLibra
TraitsPositive: Creative, Enthusiastic, and Lively
Negative: Unreliable, Indecisive, and Lazy
BirthplacePerth, United Kingdom
Parent’s NameTom Vanderham (father)
Jill Janette Freda Belch (mother)
Height5 feet 9 inches (1.74 m)
Weight58 kg (128 lbs)
HobbyActing, Painting, Dance, Hiking
Eye ColorGreen
Marital StatusSinge
Net WorthUSD 5 Million
Social mediaInstagram

Early Life

Joanna Vanderham was raised in Scone and Dundee after being born in Perth. Her mother, Jill Janette Freda Belcha, is a Scottish professor of cardiovascular research at Ninewells Hospital, and her father, Tom Vanderham, is a Dutch entrepreneur.

When Joanna was a young child, her parents split. Additionally, she has a brother and two sisters.

Vanderham first attended the Scone Robert Douglas Memorial School before transferring to Dundee High School. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff is where she later furthered her studies in acting.

She did not imitate her parents, who both worked for different companies. She joined the local theater group at age nine since she had a special interest in theater at young age.

Joanna was offered the role of Cathy in The Runaway, a six-episode miniseries for Sky TV, during her second year at Royal Welsh College.


In the six-part crime drama The Runaway on Sky TV, which was based on the Martina Cole book of the same name, Vanderham made her acting debut as Cathy Connor in 2011. In the BBC One biographical drama Young James Herriot, she also played a supporting role.

Vanderham played Denise Lovett in two seasons of the BBC television series ‘The Paradise’ from 2012 to 2013, created by Bill Gallagher and was largely inspired by Émile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames.

She made her acting debut in the movie ‘What Maisie Knew,’ starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard as Margo.

In the Stephen Poliakoff-directed BBC drama Dancing on the Edge, Vanderham portrayed society girl Pamela Luscombe. She made appearances in 2015 as Marian Maudsley in the BBC One romantic television movie ‘The Go-Between’ and Katherine “Kitty” McVitie in the BBC Two historical drama series ‘Banished.’

For her portrayal of Queen Anne in Richard III at the London Almeida Theatre, Vanderham won a Commendation at the 2016 Ian Charleson Awards.

Alongside Sacha Dhawan, Vanderham participated in the romantic television movie ‘The Boy with the Topknot’ in 2016. The character of Claire Elliot in the miniseries ‘One of Us’ (also known as Retribution) and the younger Flora in the two-part drama ‘Man in an Orange Shirt’ was performed by her the following year.

In the role of Penelope Blake, Vanderham joined the main cast of the American action series ‘Warrior’ in 2019. She portrayed Atropos, a recurring character in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s fifth season. She played DS Amelia Drummond opposite Dougray Scott in the 2021 BritBox series ‘Crime,’ based on Irvine Welsh’s book of the same name.

Joanna Vanderham TV Shows

2011The RunawayCathy Connor
2011Young James HerriotJenny Muirhead
2012Above SuspicionAmanda Delany
2012–2013The ParadiseDenise Lovett
2013Dancing on the EdgePamela Luscombe
2015BanishedKatherine “Kitty” McVitie
2015The Go-BetweenMarian Maudsley
2016One of UsClaire Elliot
2017Man in an Orange ShirtFlora Talbot
2017The Boy With The TopknotLaura
2019The TannerCaitlin
2019–presentWarriorPenelope Blake
2020Legends of TomorrowAtropos
2021CrimeAmanda Drummond
2022The Control RoomSam

Joanna Vanderham Movies

2012What Maisie KnewMargo
2017And Then I Was FrenchCara
2022Eddie and SunnySunny

Theatre/ Stage

2012The PromiseLikaDonmar Warehouse / Trafalgar
2015The DazzleMillie AshmoreFound111 / Michael Grandage Co.
2014OthelloDesdemonaRoyal Shakespeare Company
2016Richard IIIQueen AnneAlmeida Theatre

Joanna Vanderham Awards & Nominations

2012International Emmy AwardsBest ActressThe Runaway
2016Ian Charleson AwardsRichard III


Because there isn’t much information available on Joanna’s intimate relationships, she might be single. She appears to be concentrating on her work. According to our Record, She has no children.

Joanna Vanderham Net Worth

In 2022, her net worth has significantly increased. Most of Joanna Vanderham’s income comes from her work as a successful actress. Joanna Vanderham’s net worth is estimated at USD 5 million.

Similar Posts