Joanna Page’s Purr-Fect Role As The Voice Of Poppy Cat In New ITV1 & CITV Series

Gavin and Stacey star, Joanna Page, is taking on
an animation role to win the hearts and minds of pre-schoolers across the UK,
voicing Poppy Cat in the new ITV1 and CITV pre-school series of the same name.
Poppy Cat will air every Saturday and Sunday simultaneously on the channels
from the 5th May at

Poppy Cat is
based on the award-winning book series created by Lara Jones that has sold more
than 2.5million copies worldwide since first being published in 2003. The
colorful and appealing characters spring to life from the page to the small
screen in stories of friendship and fantasy play. The series features
26 x 11 minute episodes and is seen
through the eyes of Poppy Cat’s young owner, a little girl called Lara. Each
story is a celebration of adventure as Poppy Cat and her friends embark on
fanciful journeys through fantastical lands.

Commenting on providing the lead voice in the
new ITV and CITV series, Joanna Page says, “Everybody loves Poppy Cat – the
books have been such a success. So to actually play Poppy Cat is such an honour
and I’m over the moon. I
love Poppy Cat because she’s strong, she’s determined, she’s not scared of
anything, she’s very brave, she’s lovely and kind, she’s not selfish, she looks
after her friends and she doesn’t back down from anything — and I think I’ve
got some of those qualities! It’s just really exciting to play a cat who is so
strong and really up for it.”

She continues, “I always think its really strange
hearing your voice spoken by an animated character because I don’t think I
sound like I do – especially when I’m doing Poppy Cat’s voice which is slightly
higher and a bit cuter. In my head I think I’ve got a very deep mature-sounding
English voice. And then I hear my voice as Poppy Cat and think, ‘Oh my gosh, I
actually do sound like I’ve got quite a lilt in my voice and my voice is quite

Poppy Cat celebrates imagination, creative play
and sharing stories. Pre-schoolers are encouraged to use their imagination as a
way to solve problems and pursue their goals. The stories of Poppy Cat also focus on friendship, and on
social and emotional themes, which are relevant and familiar to pre-schoolers.
But above all, Poppy Cat is about Making
Adventures Extraordinary

Cat currently airs every weekday on Nick Jr. For more information on the
pre-school series, please visit, or
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