Roxanne 'Roxy' Pallett is an English actress, most famous for playing the role of Jo Sugden in the ITV soap opera, Emmerdale.
Pallett was born and brought up in Carlisle, Cumbria, by her mother and grandmother, where she attended Robert Ferguson Primary School and Trinity Secondary School.
After completing a degree in media and cultural studies at Liverpool John Moores University, she was a founder member of the girl band Urban Angel. After being signed to a music producer, Pallett decided to pursue an acting career. In 2005, Pallett landed her first acting role as Jo Stiles in ITV's Emmerdale.
Fronting 2006's Maxim magazine and currently the face of Loaded magazine (July 2008), Roxanne also counts modelling for fashion publications such as Closer, Reveal, Mizz, Hello and OK! amongst her work.
Holding three nominations for best actress at the British Soap Awards 2008, TV Quick Awards 2008 and the Inside Soap Awards 2008 - and acting as an ambassador for Women's Refuge and Carlisle's [Eden Valley Hospice, she continues to be involved in Emmerdale's biggest storyline of the year (2008).
In August 2008, Roxanne confirmed she would be the public face of a campaign by the Women's Refuge that urges women to look out for early signs a partner may turn violent. She is also rumored to be on the next series of 'Dancing on Ice (UK)'.
Roxanne Pallett's anti-violence campaign
The actress' character in the ITV soap - Jo Sugden - is currently the victim of domestic violence by her husband and Roxanne herself has previously been in a violent relationship.
Both of these factors have spurred the 25 year-old into being the public face of the Refuge campaign, aimed at making women more aware of the techniques used by violent men to control them.
Roxanne says: "Portraying a victim of domestic violence has been the biggest challenge I have ever faced as an actress.
"Playing the role has taken a huge emotional toll on me, but it's nothing to the pain, fear and torment experienced by the thousands of women Refuge supports every day.
"I have no doubt this campaign will give strength to many women."
KNOWN FOR: Starring as man-thieving seductress Jo Stiles in of ITV soap Emmerdale.
THE XY FACTOR: In 2007 Roxanne was honoured with her very own rose called the "The Roxanne Pallett Rose" which is s a deep red coloured hybrid tea rose that has been created by an award-winning rose grower.
Emmerdale beauty Roxanne Pallett is finding it hard balancing filming the soap and training for Dancing On Ice.
The 25-year-old actress, who plays battered wife Jo Sugden in the Yorkshire-set soap, is working out for four hours a day ahead of her appearance on the TV talent show in January.
Pallett's tough daily workout has seen the actress get into shape after gaining weight earlier this year due to a thyroid problem.