BBC1 Shop Well for the Planet: Joanna Page’s age, life since Gavin and Stacey and famous actor husband who starred in Emmerdale


Tonight on BBC 1’s Shop Well for the Planet, four familiar TV faces will be helping a volunteer family go greener with their shopping.

From eco toilet roll to electric cars, plastic-free products to meat and dairy alternatives, The Eat Well and Shop Well for Less? teams will take shoppers through the environmental impact of their purchases.

Anyone catching the new three-part series will probably still recognise host Joanna Page best either from her role in 2003’s Love Actually, or her much longer starring role as Stacey Shipman in Gavin and Stacey.

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But the BAFTA-winning Welsh comedy series wrapped up over a decade ago now, only resurfacing for a one-off Christmas special in 2019 – so what has Joanna been up to since?



Joanna Page and Melanie Sykes will be teaching shoppers how to go green on BBC’s Shop Well for Less

Two years after series three of Gavin Stacey ended in 2010 with a visibly pregnant Stacey on Barry beachfront, Joanna announced she was also about to become a mum in real life.

In September 2012, Joanna, who was 34 at the time, and her husband James Thornton announced they were expecting their first child together.

TV aficionados will know 45-year-old James Thornton best for his portrayal of John Barton on Emmerdale between 2009 and 2012, and prior to that Holby City, in 2007.



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The actors met on the set of the 1999 series David Copperfield, and tied the knot four years later, in 2003.

The couple have had three children together, a daughter in 2013, and two sons, one in 2015 and 2016, and in August this year a pregnant Joanna appeared on The One Show, after revealing they have a fourth on the way.

Writing on Instagram, Joanna, who is now 44, said: “Well, this is a surprise!! Baby number 4 on the way! It’s going to be a busy Christmas!”

But alongside being a busy mum since Gavin and Stacey, Joanna has never stopped acting, both for film and TV.

In 2012 she appeared in comedy film Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, and last year alongside Robert Downey Junior in Dolittle, as well as Dream Horse along with Toni Collette and Damian Lewis.

Over the last decade she has also appeared on Would I Lie to You?, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Midsomer Murders, and Doctor Who as Queen Elizabeth I.

Speaking to the Sun in December last year, Joanna admitted lockdown had initially been a bit of a bumpy ride for the family-of-five, before her and James had found a good routine.



Joanna Page and James Thornton in London in 2020

She said: “We spent the whole of the first lockdown arguing and threatening to divorce each other.

“Then we went through a month of literally not saying a single word to each other.

“We came out of that a bit numb and deadened and desperate for anything we could get because we just argued so much.

“‘Let’s get some sex in before we have to pick the kids up from school’ — that’s how desperate we’d got.”

She added: “I’m sure all parents found it really difficult during lockdown.

“You’re with the children so much, and then at night-time they all just wanted to sleep in bed with us.

“So you were going through a 24-hour cycle having no break from them at all.

“At night-time one wanted to lie on that side holding that boob, the other one wanted to lie on this side holding this boob and then my third little one just wanted to lie down the whole of my body.

“So I was there going, ‘Oh my God, please, I just want a bit of space’.

“When we managed to get them back to school that was a godsend because at least me and my husband could talk to each other and reunite and then I could fancy him.”

You can watch Shop Well for Less at 8pm tonight on BBC One.

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