Joanne Whalley bio: interesting facts about Val Kilmer's ex-wife

Joanne Whalley bio: interesting facts about Val Kilmer's ex-wife

Joanne Whalley is famous for her role in Willow. The actress, once listed as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, has had several roles in films and TV shows. For the longest time, she was credited as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer due to her marriage with her ex-husband Val Kilmer. Where is she now?

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Was Joanne Whalley hot? In her young acting days, the actress was appreciated by many due to her astonishing beauty, which she still boasts of today. In 1991, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. She has graced big and small screens across the UK and Hollywood.

Profile summary

  • Name: Joanne Whalley
  • Date of birth: August 25, 1961
  • Place of birth: Salford, England, UK
  • Age: 58 years
  • Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.64 m)
  • Ex-spouse: Val Kilmer (m. February 28, 1988, d. February 1, 1996)
  • Children: 2 children
  • Occupation: Actress

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Where was Joanne Whalley born? The actress was born in Salford, Lancashire. The British national was brought up in Stockport, Cheshire. Joanne Whalley age is currently 58 years.

She enrolled at Bredbury Comprehensive School and later at Harrytown Convent Girls’ school. She also took classes at the Braeside School of Speech and Drama.

As a teenager, Joanne was selected to be in TV series like Juliet Bravo and How We Used To Live. Joanne Whalley young was given non-speaking roles in The Wall and Birth of the Beatles.

She was introduced to the acting scene long ago, and she chose to pursue it as a career. She went on to appear in British soap operas and films.


The actress also tried her luck in the music industry. She was in a band called The Slowguns but left even before they released their first songs.

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She then joined Cindy and The Saffrons and became the lead singer. After releasing two singles, Past, Present and Future, and Terry, the group's members went their separate ways.

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Career in acting

Joanne assumed the role of Ingrid Rothwell in a TV adaptation of the novel, A Kind of Loving. She was also in No Surrender, a British comedy film released in 1985. Unfortunately, it was not well received by viewers.

In 1985, she catapulted to popularity when she played Emma Craven in Edge of Darkness. The following year, she assumed the role of Nurse Mills in The Singing Detective.

In Screen Two, the actress portrayed the character of Jackie.

While on the set of Willow in 1988, she met her now ex-husband Val Kilmer. They got married the same year and relocated to Los Angeles. She decided to use her husband’s name (Kilmer) as part of her professional title.

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The move to Hollywood seemed to favour her as she began acting in more films than while she was in the UK. She played Jenny Scott in the American Psychological thriller, Shattered.

She also had the role of Christine Keeler in Scandal. In 1994, she had the pleasure of playing the protagonist in Scarlett, an adaptation of the novel Gone With the Wind.

In 2000, she starred in Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis as the titular character. In 2006, she starred alongside Anne-Marie Duff and Tara FitzGerald in the miniseries, The Virgіn Queen.

In 2006, she and her ex-husband Val Kilmer were cast members in the film Played. She also appeared in Flood in 2007.

She assumed the role of Vanozza Cattaneo in The Borgias. In Gossip Girl season 4, she had a guest role as Princess Sophie. In 2014, she played Aunt Patience in the British series, Jamaica Inn.

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She portrayed the character of Claudia, Pilate’s wife in A.D. The Bible Continues. The biblical miniseries was aired in 2015. She also played Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall. In 2018, she played Sister Maggie in Daredevil season three

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Willow (1988)

For those who recognise the actress, her portrayal of Sorsha in the film Willow is the most memorable. Joanne Whalley Sorsha character depicted a woman who struggled to prove herself to her mom and the men around her.

She eventually realised that it was impossible to impress her mother. Marmadtigan, the deuteragonist of the film, fell in love with Sorsha and helped her stand against Kael and the soldiers.

Joanne Whalley Daredevil (2018)

The actress joined the TV series in its third season. She had the role of Sister Maggie.

Here is a list of Joanna Whalley movies and TV shows:

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The actress has starred in the following films;

  • Pink Floyd-The Wall (1982)- as a groupie
  • Dance with a Stranger (1985)- as Christine
  • No Surrender (1985)- as Cheryl
  • The Good Father (1985)- as Mary Hall
  • Willow (1985)- as Sorsha
  • To Kill a Priest (1988)- as Anna
  • Scandal (1989)- as Christine Keeler
  • Kill Me Again (1989)- as Fay Forrester
  • Navy Seals (1990)- as Claire Varrens
  • The Big Man (1991)- as Beth Scoular on the film also referred to as Crossing the Line
  • Shattered (1991)- as Jenny Scott
  • Storyville (1991)- as Natalie Tate
  • The Secret Rapture (1993)- as Katherine Coleridge
  • Mother’s Boys (1994)- as Colleen Harland
  • A Good Man in Africa- as Celia Adekunle
  • Trial by Jury (1994)- as Valerie Alston
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)- as Lori
  • A Texas Funeral (1999)- as Miranda
  • The Guilty (2000)- as Natalie Crane
  • Breathtaking (2000)- as Caroline Henshow
  • Before You Go (2002)- as Mary
  • Virginia’s Run (2002)- as Jessie Eastwood
  • The Californians (2005)- as Luna
  • Played (2006)- as Maggie
  • Flood (2007)- as commissioner Patricia Nash
  • 44 Inch Chest (2009)- as Liz Diamond
  • Golf in the Kingdom (2011)- as Agatha McNaughton
  • Twixt (2011)- as Denise
  • Muse (2017)- as Jacqueline
  • Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)- as Priscilla

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TV shows

The actress has had roles in TV shows like:

  • Coronation Street (1974, 1976)- as Pamela Graham for three episodes
  • Joby (1975)- as Molly McLeod
  • Crown Court (1976, 1978)- as Janice Scott/ Linda Mason on three episodes
  • Emmerdale Farm (1977)- as Angela Read for six episodes
  • How We Used To Live (1976-1979)- as Marjorie Dawson/ Sarah Hughes
  • The One and Only Phyllis Dixey (1978)- as Doris
  • Omnibus (1979)- as Little Red Riding Hood/ Madge for two episodes
  • ITV Playhouse (1980)- as Lindsey on the episode, ‘Too Close to the Edge.’
  • Juliet Bravo (1980)- as Maureen Maskell on the episode ‘And Mum Came Too.’
  • Coming Home (1980-1981)- as a travel agent on two episodes
  • The Gaffer (1981)- as Nancy on the episode 'The Trouble with Women’
  • Noddy (1981)- as Mary
  • A Kind of Loving (1982)- played the main role as Ingrid Rotherwell for eight episodes
  • The Gentle Touch (1982)- as Dany on the episode titled ‘Dany.’
  • Bergerac (1983)- as Christine Bolton on the episode ‘Always Leave Them Laughing.’
  • Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983)- as Ulla on the episode ‘The Visiting Fireman.’
  • A Christmas Carol (1984)- as Fan
  • Edge of Darkness (1985)-as Emma Craven for six episodes
  • The Singing Detective (1986)- as Nurse Mills for six episodes
  • Scarlett (1994)- she had the lead role as Scarlett O’Hara
  • Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)- as the title character
  • Run the Wild Fields (2000)-as Ruby Miller
  • The Vіrgin Queen (2005)- as Mary 1
  • Diverted (2009)-as Marion Price
  • Gossip Girl (2011-2012)-as Princess Sophie Grimaldi
  • The Borgias (2011-2013)-as Vanozza Cattaneo
  • The Challenger (2013)- as Gweneth Feynman
  • Jamaica Inn (2014)- as Patience Merlyn
  • Wolf Hall (2015)- as Catherine of Aragon
  • The Ark (2015)- as Emmie
  • A.D. The Bible Continues (2015)- she took on the main role as Claudia, wife of Pontius Pilate for 12 episodes
  • Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016)- she had the main role as Rheda on thirteen episodes
  • The White Princess (2017)- as Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy
  • Daredevil (2018)- as sister Maggie in its third season.

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Joanne Whalley Val Kilmer relationship

Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley met in 1988 while on set. They were filming Ron Howard’s movie, Willow. They got married the same year.

They had two children, Mercedes (born October 29, 1991) and Jack (born June 6, 1995). They got divorced in 1996.

Val Kilmer was not aware that Joanne Whalley was filing for divorce. He discovered the news while on a work trip for the film The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Joanne Whalley net worth

How much is Joanne Whalley worth? She is reportedly worth $1.7 million.

Joanne Whalley is an inspiring actress who perfected her craft from such a young age. Even with all the roles she has had, she is not about to retire just yet. She will be featured in the upcoming film Love is Love is Love.


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