Jo Gibb is a Scottish theatre actress who was the last actress to play Pearl in the London production of Starlight Express.

She is most well known for her performance of Rumpleteazer in the 1998 Cats film and in the West End. She has appeared in numerous other West End shows as well, including Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Beautiful and Damned.

Starlight Express History

London - 2001 - 2002 - Pearl

2001 Biography

Trained: Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre: Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (national tour); Chicago (Wembley Conference Centre); Beauty and the Beast (Dominion Theatre); Rumpleteazer and understudied and played Demeter and Jemima in Cats (New London Theatre); ensemble and understudied Principal Girl in Robinson Crusoe (Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Liverpool Empire).

Television: The Prince's Trust Royal Gala at the Royal Albert Hall (ITV); Royal Variety Performance at the Dominion Theatre (BBC).

Film: Rumpleteazer in Cats (Really Useful Films).


Bums on Blue Peter!

Bums on Blue Peter!

Jo Gibb as Pearl with Helen Latham as Dinah and Jason Capewell as Greaseball - Pumping Iron & Light at the End of the Tunnel - London, 2001

A Lotta Locomotion - London, 2002

A Lotta Locomotion - London, 2002

Jo Gibb as Pearl with Helen Latham as Dinah, Lucie Fentum as Ashley, and Amy Field as Buffy



  • Jo brought a vivaciousness to the role of Pearl which was most refreshing. She had a sparkle, a slight element of wit and cheekiness, that came from her own personality, she made Pearl a little more vivacious than she is normally portrayed. Jo's Pearl got carried away and didn't realize the mistakes she was making, rather than being either so thick she didn't know what she was doing, or deep and intelligent, and choosing to hurt everyone who cared for her. She portrayed a very like-able Pearl, as well as being an excellent, experienced skater, beautiful dancer and singer.