Josie was born in Old Hill in the West Midlands in 1959, the youngest daughter of Kath and Bert Lawrence and sister to twins John and Janet. From the age of five Josie wanted to be an actress and when she was sixteen she joined the Barlow Players in Oldbury.
From 1978 to 1981 she studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts and received a B.A. Hons degree – in 1996 her college awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.
For the Royal Shakespeare Company Josie performed the role of Kate in the Taming of the Shrew (Dame Peggy Ashcroft award for Best Actress), Dunyasha in the Cherry Orchard, & Helen of Troy in Faust.
In 2001 Josie played Mrs Anna in the King and I at the London Palladium and enjoyed a highly successful nine month run.
Josie was in the all female production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre playing the lead male Benedick!
Josie is perhaps best known for her skill at comedy improvisation and appeared in seven episodes of the B.A.F.T.A. award winning Whose Line Is It Anyway?
She has also been a member of the Comedy Store Players for the last nineteen years.
Films include Enchanted April with Joan Plowright and the Sineater with Rhys Iffans.
Josie also writes, directs, and works on many radio productions.
In 2003 Josie spent eight months walking across China, Cuba, Peru and Tanzania for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and helped to raise over £550,000.
In 2005 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Sunfield – a school for children with learning difficulties – of which she is a patron.
In 2006 she will be appeared in Miss Marple and an episode of the Last Detective. In April Josie starts work on a new series – Easy Peasy – playing the wife of Peter Davidson..