Joanne Whalley (born 25 August 1961) is an English actress. Whalley was born in Salford, Lancashire but brought up in Stockport, Cheshire where she studied at the Braeside School of Speech and Drama, Marple. Whalley first appeared as a child in How We Used To Live and bit parts in soap operas, especially Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Her early film roles include a non-speaking part as a groupie in Pink Floyd's The Wall; and as a young Beatles fan in Birth of the Beatles. In the post-punk era, she flirted with the fringes of the Manchester New Wave scene and was briefly a member of a Stockport-based band called the Slowguns but left before the release of their two singles. Later, she was the lead singer of the pop group Cindy & The Saffrons; in 1982, at Abbey Road Studios they recorded The Shangri-Las song 'Past, Present and Future' and the next year, 'Terry' by Twinkle. The group split up soon thereafter.
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