EastEnders’ Jo Joyner joins new Channel 4 drama
EastEnders‘ Jo Joyner is joining the cast of new Channel 4 school drama The ABC.
The former Tanya Branning actor will portray headteacher Mandy Carter in the upcoming six-part series, which will air later this year.
The ABC follows Mandy as she tries her hardest to make her new academy a success, but her energetic efforts put a strain on her marriage to P.E teacher Steve (Paul Nicholls). The show will explore the real school experience for teachers, pupils and parents, and all the passions and hardships that come with it.
Joyner is not the only soap-alumn joining the cast, as Casualty‘s Sunetra Sarker is also on board to play dinner lady and single mother Kaneez Paracha in the series.
Joyner is best known for her role as Tanya Branning on EastEnders, wife of the adulterous Max Branning (Jake Wood) and mother of Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald).
During Tanya’s time on Albert Square, she was involved in a fiery on-off relationship with Max that saw them break up and reunite several times and her bury him alive in revenge for cheating. She left Walford in 2013, but returned for the 30th-anniversary celebrations in 2015, when she famously fluffed her lines in a live episode.
Since leaving EastEnders, Joyner has worked on BBC One’s Ordinary Lies and The Interceptor, Gold’s Marley’s Ghosts and Sky 1’s Mount Pleasant.