Janina Anderson is from Wales in the UK. She caught the acting bug at the tender age of 9 and spent a happy childhood performing. Inspirational teachers quickly noticed her talent and throughout her younger years she enjoyed playing in wonderful productions including ‘Annie’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Under Milk Wood ‘and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. It wasn’t long before she was picked to be a part of HTV’s Wales junior drama workshop, which provided a casting pool of talent for Television in Wales. Jan also appeared in Productions at the Sherman theatre in Cardiff for 5 years. The small screen soon beckoned and at the tender age of 15 Jan already headed her own show, hosting the popular teenage magazine program ‘The Gen’. Her love for acting lead her to train at the Welsh College of Music and Drama to train.
Moving to the capital of London, leads in more theatre productions and independent films beckoned. Jan’s talent and beauty was soon noticed and she was snapped up in her first series regular at the age of only 20, in the BBC’s Prime Time drama ‘Tiger Bay’ playing wild child ‘Jodie Marsh’. This head strong and fearless girl was much like Janina at that time and was a joy for her to play. Soon becoming a fan favorite, she starred in Miramax’s infamous ‘Human Traffic’. After filming this cult flick Janina landed the role of nurse ‘Chloe Hill’ in the BBC’s popular primetime drama ‘Casualty’ and starred in this show for 5 years. Having itchy feet and wings that needed to fly, Janina left this number one show and played leading characters in many more. Including news reporter ‘Sandie Booth’ in ITV’s ‘The Bill’, ‘Fran Morris’ In ‘Doctors’ and a cameo in the UK’s funniest comedy ‘French & Saunders’ with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Her next long running series regular role was playing sexy Lisa Hill on ITV’s prime show, ‘London’s Burning. Lisa Hill was the firemen’s cook; only she could not actually cook! Going back to her well-loved roots Wales, Jan played sassy Welsh Police women ‘Tess Conti’ on ITV’s drama series ‘Nuts and Bolts’. Another fun role ensued, filming in crazy Ibiza playing mouthy Welsh girl ‘Kim’ in the kitschy comedy ‘Is Harry On The Boat’.
It wasn’t long before Hollywood was calling, but Jan took a few years out to train with the best in Los Angeles. This training soon paid off, with leads in multiple films and shows including: the comedy series ‘National Banana’ by Jerry Zucker, the award winning ‘Three Days Blind’, directed by Christopher Keith, playing another nurse in Fox’s ‘Prison Break’ and recurring characters in the Sci-Fi networks ‘Scare Tactics’ with Tracey Morgan. Not forgetting her roots Jan also shot the ever-popular BBC America series ‘Torchwood’, playing ‘Marie’ and Owen Teales Cheating Wife in the film ‘Pleasure Park’ for ITV Wales.
Jan now has a new exciting role playing ‘Stella’ on the unforgettable HBO show ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and will soon be seen on the big screen playing sexy teacher ‘Mrs. Macintre’ with Josh Hutchinson and Dane Cook in the brand new comedy ‘Detention’, directed by the visionary genius Joseph Khan.
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