Janet Stephanie Francis (born 5 August 1947) is an actress, best known for playing Penny Warrender in the 1980s romantic comedy Just Good Friends, written by the hugely talented John Sullivan from Balham
Francis was born at the former Charing Cross Hospital near Trafalgar Square, London. She is the eldest child of Frank Francis, a clerical officer with the Agricultural Society, and Marjorie (néeWatling), an employment agent, who were married in 1944.
She was raised in the Gibson Hill area of Streatham and was educated at the Lady Edridge Grammar School.
At 16 she became one of the 1 in 100 to win a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Senior School, graduating in 1965 and touring extensively with The Royal Ballet Touring Company in the UK, Europe and America from September of that year.
She left the Royal Ballet in September 1969 to pursue an acting career after a knee injury.