Joanna Swain appeared on Coronation Street in three roles:
- Irate customer Mrs Oldred in January 2000, who was dissatisfied with building work carried out by Pat Hegherty
- Nurse Shaw who in October 2002 informed colleague Martin Platt that his stepdaughter Sarah had been admitted to the hospital the previous evening following a road traffic accident
- An Adoption Co-Ordinator whose meetings were attended by Marcus Dent and Sean Tully in September 2011 and by Gary Windass and Izzy Armstrong in August 2012.
With an acting career dating back to the early 1990s, her other credits include roles in Body & Soul, All Quiet on the Preston Front, The Full Monty, Heartbeat, Cold Feet, The Royal, No Angels, Shameless, South Riding, Prisoners Wives, Emmerdale and Waterloo Road.