Joanne Froggatt (born 23 August 1980) is an English actress of stage, television, and film. From 2010, she played lady's maid Anna Bates in all six seasons of the period drama Downton Abbey. For this role, she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014. In autumn 2017, she starred in the six-part suspense miniseries Liar, which aired on ITV in the UK and on SundanceTV in the U.S.
Froggatt at "An Afternoon of Tea, Scones and Chatting with Downton Abbey" on 3 May 2014
|Coronation Street (1997–1998)|
Life on Mars (2006)
See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)
Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
The Royle Family (2010)
Bob the Builder as voice of Wendy (UK/US, 2015–present)
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)
James Cannon (m. 2012)
Froggatt's early TV appearances include Coronation Street (1997–98), Bad Girls (1999), Dinnerladies (1999) and A Touch of Frost (2003). She went on to star in the television films, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006) and Murder in the Outback (2007), before winning the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in the 2010 film In Our Name. She played Mary Ann Cotton in the 2016 ITV miniseries Dark Angel.
Early life and educationEdit
Froggatt was born and brought up in the village of Littlebeck in North Yorkshire. Her parents, Ann and Keith Froggatt, having run a corner shop, next started a rare breed sheep farm on a smallholding near Whitby. Joanne has compared her childhood setting to the backdrop of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights. Froggatt initially joined a drama group in Scarborough and then left her family home at the age of 13 to attend the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
In 1996, Froggatt made her TV debut in the long-running ITV drama The Bill, and shortly afterwards landed the role of teenage mother Zoe Tattersall in Coronation Street. She left the programme in 1998 when her character was written out. In 1999, she appeared in the first four episodes of the first series of prison drama Bad Girls, portraying teenage mother Rachel Hicks who suffered endless bullying and committed suicide.
In 2003, Froggatt played the leading role in the controversial one-off drama, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, based on the true story of a teenage girl who witnessed the murder of her boyfriend in a reputed road rage attack. Whilst researching the role, she met Cable who later contacted her to commend her on her portrayal. The film earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Single Drama.
Froggatt played the role of Angelique Mahy in the ITV mini-series "Island at War", that tells the story of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. It aired on 11 July 2004. In the same year she played Myra in the BBC Radio 4 drama My Turn to Make the Tea by Monica Dickens.
Froggatt starred as a main character in the drama Missing, made by SMG Productions in 2006 alongside Gregor Fisher. However, the two-part thriller was not broadcast on STV until November 2008 because ITV had changed its format to 60-minute time slots and Missing was two 90-minute time slots.
Also in 2006, Froggatt played the sister of Myra Hindley in the ITV drama, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, and later appeared in another controversial role as the title character in Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback, which first aired on Channel Ten in Australia on 18 March 2007, and was screened in Britain on ITV on 8 April 2007. The role involved the depiction of a real-life kidnap, in which Froggatt had to perform scenes tied up with tape around her mouth as a gag. She said she got a feeling of "helplessness" while filming the scenes. She also appeared on the London stage in the adaptation of All About My Mother in the part of Sister Rosa, which ran from July to November 2007 at the Old Vic Theatre.
Froggatt portrayed Kate, a peasant, in the third season of the BBC TV series Robin Hood. She played Hannah, in Spooks: Code 9, and features in the BBC Radio adaptation of Solaris as Rheya. In May 2009, she played Kelly on BBC drama Moving On.
On 25 September 2009, Froggatt played the title role in the BBC Radio Four play I am Emma Humphreys. On 3 October of that year, Froggatt played Princess Yvonne in the BBC Radio Four Saturday play The Von Trapps and Me.
On 15 April 2010, Froggatt appeared opposite Lee Ingleby in the BBC Radio Four play The Disappearance by Peter Walley. In her film début, In Our Name, Froggatt played Suzy, a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She garnered critical acclaim for her performance and won Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.
Starting in 2010, Froggatt appeared in Downton Abbey as Anna, lady's maid to Lady Mary Crawley, for which she received an Emmy nomination in both 2012 and 2014. On 11 January 2015 she was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for the role.
On 25 December 2010, Froggatt appeared in the Royle Family Christmas special 'Joe's Crackers' as Saskia, the girlfriend of Antony Royle. Despite having been mentioned by name in earlier episodes, this was the first time that Saskia had appeared in person. Froggatt starred in John Donnelly's play The Knowledge at the Bush Theatre, West London from 12 January to 19 February 2011.
Along with Downton Abbey in 2013, Froggatt also had roles in the comedy drama based on Irvine Welsh's novel, Filth, in the thriller uwantme2killhim? and the indie directed by Uberto Pasolini, Still Life.
In 2015, she played Wendy in the new Bob the Builder series voicing her in both the UK and US versions. In 2016 she starred in a two part ITV miniseries Dark Angel, based on the true story of Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton.
In 2017, Froggatt appeared in the lead role of schoolteacher Laura Neilson in the six-part thriller miniseries Liar on ITV. Her character awakens convinced that she was raped by respected surgeon Dr Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) – who also happens to be the father of one of her students – even though she can't remember the incident, nor does forensic evidence bear out her version of events. The series aired in the U.S. on SundanceTV.
Froggatt made her stage debut on February 25, 2019 as Frances Thorpe in the thriller Alys, Always at the Bridge Theatre in London. The play was directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by Lucinda Coxon and based on the book by Harriet Lane.
In 2013 Froggatt became an ambassador for global children's charity Plan UK's "Because I Am a Girl" campaign.
|2007||Solaris||Rheya||BBC Radio 4 Extra|
|2010||"The Disappearance"||Alice||BBC Radio 4|
|2014||The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: In Freedom's Cause||Lady Marjory||(post-production)|
|2014||Shirley||Caroline||BBC Radio 4|
|2010||In Our Name||Suzy||British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer|
|2013||uwantme2killhim?||Detective Inspector Sarah Clayton|
|2013||Still Life||Kelly Stoke|
|2016||A Street Cat Named Bob||Val|
|2017||A Crooked Somebody||Chelsea Mills|
|2017||Mary Shelley||Mary Jane Clairmont|
|2017||Bob the Builder: Mega Machines||Wendy (Voice)||US & UK Releases|
|2018||One Last Thing||Jaime|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Anna Bates|
|1996||The Bill||Kelly Martin||Episode: "Unlucky in Love"|
|1997–98||Coronation Street||Zoe Tattersall||126 episodes|
|1999||Bad Girls||Rachel Hicks||4 episodes|
|2000||Nature Boy||Jenny Macalister||3 episodes|
|2000||Other People's Children||Becky||2 episodes|
|2000||Lorna Doone||Lizzie Ridd||TV Movie|
|2001||A Touch of Frost||Anne||Episodes: "Benefit of the Doubt", Parts 1 & 2|
|2001||Casualty||Lucy Curry||Episode: "Better Safe Than Sorry"|
|2002||Nice Guy Eddie||Mandy||Episode: "#1.2"|
|2002||Paradise Heights||Julia Sawyer||6 episodes|
|2002||The Stretford Wives||Dawn Richards||TV Movie|
|2003||Danielle Cable: Eyewitness||Danielle Cable||TV Movie|
Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress
|2003||Red Cap||Pte. Tracy Walters||Episode: "Crush"|
|2003||The Last Detective||Celia/Josie||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||Island at War||Angelique Mahy||6 episodes|
|2006||Missing||Sybil Foster||2 episodes|
|2006||Life on Mars||Ruth Tyler||3 episodes|
|2006||See No Evil: The Moors Murders||Maureen Smith||2 episodes|
|2006||The Street||Kerry||Episode: "Sean and Yvonne"|
|2006||Rebus||Gail Maitland||Episode: "Strip Jack"|
|2007||Murder in the Outback||Joanne Lees||TV Movie|
|2008||Spooks: Code 9||Hannah||Episodes: "#1.1" and "#1.2"|
|2009||Moving On||Kellie||Episode: "Butterfly Effect"|
|2009||Robin Hood||Kate||11 episodes|
|2010||Identity||Jane Calshaw||Episode: "Chelsea Girl"|
|2010||The Royle Family||Saskia||Episode: "Joe's Crackers"|
|2010–15||Downton Abbey||Anna Smith / Anna Bates||52 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2014, 2015)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012, 2014, 2015)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
|2012||True Love||Ruth||Episode: "Story One"|
|2014||The Secrets||Lexie||Episode: "The Lie"|
|2015—present||Bob the Builder||Wendy||87 episodes|
|2016||Dark Angel||Mary Ann Cotton||2 episodes|
|2017—present||Liar||Laura Nielson||6 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Joanne Froggatt: Robin Hood's Bay to Downton Abbey". The Yorkshire Post. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- Walker, Andy (20 November 2009). "Wensleydale Railway, at Leeming Bar used for TV filming". Northern Echo. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Maynard, Roger (23 August 2006). "Backpacker murder ordeal to be made into TV drama". UK: The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Stokoe, Jon (1 August 2008). "Joanne Froggatt to star in Robin Hood". Whitby Gazette. UK: Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey: Five Things to Know About Anna Bates". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- Gilert, Gerard (24 March 2012). "The housemaid's tale: Joanne Froggatt rips off her pinny and sets her sights on Hollywood". UK: The Independent.
- "M25 murder fiancée backs drama". BBC News. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Winners announced at British Academy Craft Awards" (PDF). headlinepictures.co.uk. BAFTA. 16 April 2004. p. 5. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "My Turn to Make the Tea – BBC Radio 4 FM – 15 September 2004 – BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Missing – S1 – Episode 1". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "New Drama Production from stv – allmediascotland…media jobs, media release service and media resources for all". www.allmediascotland.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Outback murder star on ordeal". Scottish Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- "First Night: All About My Mother, Old Vic, London". The Independent. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "BBC – Press Office – Moving On press pack: Joanne Froggatt". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Saturday Play: The Von Trapps and Me". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- Bradshaw, Peter (9 December 2010). "In Our Name – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Masters, Tim (6 December 2010). "King's Speech reigns at British Independent Film awards". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Williams, Sally (20 September 2015). "Joanne Froggatt: 'The end of Downton Abbey is a bit strange – there is an element of grieving'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Gilert, Gerard (24 March 2012). "The housemaid's tale: Joanne Froggatt rips off her pinny and sets her". The Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Spencer, Charles (18 January 2011). "The Knowledge, Bush Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Bradshaw, Peter (5 February 2015). "Still Life review – Eddie Marsan in a sad search for the bereaved". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Furness, Hannah (23 June 2016). "Bob the Builder gets an equality makeover as Wendy wins promotion". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Downton star to help world's girls". Plan UK. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.