Janet Wright was born in 1945 in England and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was raised in a family of theatre actors. Her siblings are Anne Wright, John Wright and Susan Wright. Aside from her work on television and cinema, Janet has also been involved in several theater projects.
Janet Wright was married to Brian Richmond. Their son, Jacob Richmond, is a playwright, Their daughter, Celine Richmond, is married to Bruce Davis.