Jo is a ‘fiercely gifted actor’ (Observer) who was nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and won Fringe Report’s Best Female Character Comedian that year (Count Arthur Strong won Best Male). Jo won Best Actress in Brighton Festival in 2005 and was nominated for Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival in 2016. In between she was filming Ideal for BBC for six years and other TV and radio.
“Neary is a character actress par excellence; not only are her characters well observed and immaculately performed, but they are well written and, most importantly, funny.” The Guardian
“Joanna Neary also has a huge amount of quirk-appeal. She’s been likened to Joyce Grenfell, and again, as with Long, there’s a goodness and a goofiness about this elfin entertainer that’s utterly enchanting. Her idea of crossing Celia Johnson’s character from Brief Encounter with a contemporary (trapped) housewife – relaying her diary’s 1940s-styled entries to us throughout the show – is so inspired, and beautifully executed, it deserves its own Radio 4 series.” Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph