Joe has over three decades of professional experience as an actor and writer for large, medium and small-scale theatre. His next project will be playing the role of Samson Fox in The Man Who Captured Sunlight at The Royal Hall in Harrogate.

Joe has recently filmed episodes for The Full Monty on Disney + and The Long Shadow for ITV. He can also be seen as Martin in Safe on Netflix worldwide release for Red Productions. He also took a cameo role in the first series of Victoria for ITV and appears in Hollyoaks as Father Dan. Other TV includes Father Bruce in Shameless, Gary in Clocking Off and Nigel in Stan the Man. His first film role was Danny in The Fruit Machine. He also played Dr. Doyle in The Forgotten Army.

He is a qualified teacher and accredited coach. He supports emerging talent in the creative industries with particular emphasis on confidence building, motivation and developing professional resilience. Joe holds PGCE and QTLS teacher status and is a member of the Institute for Learning. Joe is currently studying BA Hons in Integrated Counselling at UCNL with the assistance of EQUITY.

As a script writer, Joe achieved an MA in Screenwriting for Liverpool John Moores University. His adaptation of the award-winning novel ‘Stone Cold’ was chosen to be on the GCSE Drama Syllabus. He has numerous published titles to his name available from Oxford University Press, Heinemann Plays and Reid International.

He became an unlikely cover girl during the 2020 lockdown after visiting Westminster to ask for support for the struggling theatre and hospitality industries. His visit sparked prolific TV, radio and front page newspaper coverage.

Theatre acting work includes played the Tin Woodsman in the sell out production of The Wizard of Oz at the Lowry, alongside Lorna Luft. Other Musical Theatre roles include The Emcee in Cabaret, (appearing in concert with Jane MacDonald and Kym Ryder), Seymour in The Little Shop of Horrors and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables.


Samson Fox

The Man Who Captured Sunlight

This original play charts Samson’s meteoric rise that led to a Hollywood movie inspired by his life, followed by a controversial court case that befell him with literary figure, Jerome K Jerome.

The Man Who Captured Sunlight will be performed in the theatre he helped build. Samson will be played by Joe Standerline.