A loyal mum and grandma, "Jackie," portrayed by Joanna Bacon, is as open with her affection as Jim is reserved. She won’t put up with any nonsense, but is always available for last minute babysitting, support and ice creams.
Bacon’s long and varied television career includes the cult-hit BBC comedy series Him and Her (2010-2013) in which she played “Janet”. Other recent TV work includes Prime Suspect 1973 ,The Shadow Line, Cradle to Grave and comedy sketches with “Two Episodes of Mash” on Live at the Electric.
Back in 2003, Bacon appeared as “Natalie’s Mum” in Universal Pictures’ iconic romantic comedy Love Actually alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
More recent film work includes Horrible Histories: The Movie- Rotten Romans and director Terence Davies’ biopic of Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion, in which Joanna plays the poet’s mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson.
Bacon trained at The Actors’ Institute (London and New York) and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York.
She has worked extensively in British theatre, including The National Theatre where she played the role of “Aunt Lila” in Tennessee Williams’ newly discovered play Spring Storm and “Sarah Atkins” in Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond The Horizon. Work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Ion opposite Jude Law.
She resides in London.