Anna was born in Oldham to immigrant parents -an Italian mother and a Polish father and all her school days she was educated by nuns; Anna developed into the typical ‘Convent Girl’ rebel. Music, dancing, gymnastics and drama were the subjects she excelled in. After leaving school Anna began mixing with the vibrant Manchester fringe theatre scene based around Quay St and Granada Tv studios and in her late teens she worked often at the Nags Head Lunch-Time Theatre.
One of Anna’s first Tv gigs was playing alongside Tom O’Conner in his first comedy series. Many TV parts came along at Granada Studios with it Coronation St, The Cookoo Waltz and Sam. She took a slight detour and entered a singing career with The New AppleJacks after winning New Faces. Back into Theatre, a year-long stint at the Chester Gateway Theatre saw Anna back into her love of the stage. One of Anna’s highlights was her self-penned show Magic Moments, at The Edinburgh Festivals Guilded Balloon.
A chance audition with Ken Loach saw her working alongside him on several TV commercials and then in the award-winning Raining Stones, which took her to the Cannes Film Festival, where Ken Loach introduced Anna to her husband. He also begged her not to go to Drama School but she did do a Post Grad course at East 15….which she loved.
Another Iconic director Peter Cheeseman delivered another instrumental acting experience at The New Victoria Theatre in Stoke. Many TV parts followed ie The Bill, Heartbeat, Waking The Dead, Peak Practice, Doctors, McCallum, Kavanagh QC, Holby City. Bafta award-winning programmes such as The Cops, and Occupation. Films include Raining Stones, Bob’s Weekend, The Final Curtain with Peter O’Toole.
More recently Anna starred in Emmerdale and is currently in the Sum Up commercial. Her first TV comedy production, The Peculiar Pair is set to be launched on Amazon Prime.
Anna is an avid horse lover and does dressage on her own trusty steed Zazz. She is a natural adventurer and often sets off to paddle board.