In The Hotseat with Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt

actress Joanne Froggatt has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since attending the Redroofs Theatre School in Berkshire.

With her parents still living in Littlebeck, Joanne attended Sleights Primary School as well as Eskdale School but now she is based in Berkshire.

She’s currently working on the second series of Downton Abbey with filming taking place at Ealing Studios in London as well as scenes at Highclere Castle in Newbury.

And in the next few weeks she is also heading to New York to take part in a showcase of British Films in a venture called From Britain With Love organised by the UK Film Council.

Taking time out from her hectic schedule, editor Jon Stokoe caught up with Jo to ask this week’s In The Hot Seat’s 20 questions.

1 What are your first memories of Whitby?

Playing on the beach and having picnics.

2 What makes Whitby special to you?

It is my home town and it is beautiful. I feel grounded when I go back home and see my family.

3 Life’s highlight?

Winning my British Industry Film award for In Our Name.

It was real shock. It was really amazing.

4 Biggest regret?

Starting smoking in my late teens.

5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Cereal and yoghurt.

6 What is your favourite eating place?

The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, I really love it.

But I also love good old fashioned fish and chips and I like Fusco’s and Trenchers.

7 What is your favourite pub?

Again, it is the Crazy Bear but I do like to go out in Whitby when I’m home and like The Shambles.

8 Where are the best fish and chips?

They are definitely in Whitby and it has to be Fusco’s and Trenchers.

9 What is your worst habit?

Eating chocolate.

10 Where was your last holiday?


I went to Bora Bora and had a couple of nights in the clubs and some days relaxing.

11 Last time you cried?

It is really sad but it was watching a little boy dancing on Britain’s Got Talent.

12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

To see my family and then a walk along the beach, see my best friends and godchildren and then go for fish and chips.

13 What was your first job?

I worked in a café in Whitby.

I think it was called Booth’s Fine Foods. It was near Rosie’s.

I think I was only about 12.

14 What is your favourite film?

Reservoir Dogs.

15 What is your favourite book?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

16 If you won the lottery, what would you do with it?

I’d give some to my family and then set up a production company.

I’d also go on holiday.

17 Dracula or Captain Cook?

Captain Cook.

18 What is your signature dish?

I do like cooking, I’m just not very good.

This really is not cooking but I’d do tuna steak on rocket salad with pine nuts and shavings of parmesan with a balsamic and oil dressing.

19 Favourite drink?

Water. I do like Prosecco too.

20 What would be your epitaph?

Sorry I’m late!