Ann was born into a theatrical family and trained at the Cone Ripman School where she excelled in tap dancing. However her father insisted that she also do a secretarial course, just in case, but she never needed to use those skills! Like so many English dancers her first stage experience was in pantomime as one of the youngest child performers. So working with children was nothing new for her but, as she noted, in Billy Elliot they were ‘real theatre kids’.
Ann’s career is long and varied, ranging from Principal Boy and Fairy Godmother in pantomime to Gumbie Cat in Cats and Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady. Early in her career she joined a dance group and toured the world, singing as well as dancing. It was in the tough world of weekly repertory theatre, where the resident company perform a new play each week, that she learnt the acting trade.