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Joanna Page and James Thornton attend the VIP night for Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam at Royal Albert Hall on January 7, 2014 © Karwai Tang

Meet Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page’s famous husband

Hang on, she’s not actually married to Gavin?

Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
May 7, 2024
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Fans have been on cloud nine ever since it was announced that Gavin and Stacey would be back for one last episode over Christmas 2024. The plans will see the return of Mathew Horne, Joanna Page and James Corden as Gavin, Stacey and their best pal Smithy respectively.

While, like in Gavin and Stacey, Joanna has three children in real life, unlike her character from Barry, she is actually married to a fellow actor. Find out more about her famous hubby James Thornton…

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James is a 49-year-old actor who is perhaps best known for portraying John Barton in Emmerdale from 2009 to 2012. He is also known for starring in Holby City, as well as Stella opposite Joanne’s sitcom co-star, Ruth Jones. James is also a voice artist, and you’ve probably heard him in adverts including the National Lottery and Visa. 

Actor James Thornton attends The 2012 British Soap Awards at ITV Studios © Ian Gavan
Actor James Thornton attends The 2012 British Soap Awards at ITV Studios

The pair actually met on a film set, after they starred alongside each other in the 1999 TV show David Copperfield, and tied the knot four years later. 

Joanna Page and James Thornton attend the after party for the Philips British Academy Television awards © Stuart Wilson
Joanna Page and James Thornton attend the after party for the Philips British Academy Television awards

The star has opened up about their relationship and admitted that they struggled to make things work in 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. She explained: “We spent the whole of the first lockdown arguing and threatening to divorce each other. 

“Then we went through a month of literally not saying a single word to each other. We came out of that a bit numb and deadened and desperate for anything we could get because we just argued so much. ‘Let’s get some sex in before we have to pick the kids up from school’ — that’s how desperate we’d got.’ I’m sure all parents found it really difficult during the lockdown. You’re with the children so much, and then at night-time, they all just wanted to sleep in bed with us.”

James and Joanna have been married since 2003© Dave Benett
James and Joanna have been married since 2003

When asked if she has “sexy times” at the weekend in an interview with The Guardian, she joked: “Oh God, not with four children! If I did have a spare hour, I’d sit and watch the Australian version of The Traitors rather than muster up any energy to have some sexy time. My husband would have a different answer, but he’s not breastfeeding a two-year-old right now.” 

Do they have any children? 

Joanna and James share four children, welcoming their daughter Eva in 2013, and sons Kit and Noah in 2015 and 2016. In 2021, she announced that she was expecting for a fourth time, and welcomed a baby daughter, Boe Willow Russell. Both Joanna and James often share snaps of their beautiful youngsters on their social media accounts. 

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Speaking about their hectic schedule while explaining what their typical Sunday looks like, she said: “I get the short straw. My husband takes our eight-year-old to rugby, where they eat bacon sandwiches – it seems easy. I have to get our 11-year-old ready for hockey, where I look after our seven- and two-year-olds. Usually, I haven’t washed or eaten.” 

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