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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 is starring in the six-part suspense miniseries Liar, which is airing on ITV in the UK and on SundanceTV in the U.S.

Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt May 3, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Froggatt at "An Afternoon of Tea, Scones and Chatting with Downton Abbey" on 3 May 2014
Born (1980-08-23) 23 August 1980 (age 37)
Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England
Residence Buckinghamshire
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Notable work See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)
Downton Abbey as Anna Bates (2010-2015)
Bob the Builder as the voice of Wendy (UK/US)
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)
Spouse(s) James Cannon (m. 2012)
Website www.joannefroggatt.com

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: Eye Witness (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006) and Murder in the Outback (2007), beforewinning 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.

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Early life and educationEdit

Froggatt was born and brought up in the village of Littlebeck[1][2] 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.[3] Froggatt initially joined a drama group in Scarborough[4] and then left her family home at the age of 13 to attend the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

CareerEdit

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.[4]

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.[5] The film earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Single Drama.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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.[2] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Froggatt portrayed Kate, a peasant, in the third season of the BBC TV series Robin Hood.[3] 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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14][15]

Since 2010, Froggatt has 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.[16]

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.[17] Froggatt starred in John Donnelly's play The Knowledge at the Bush Theatre, West London from 12 January to 19 February 2011.[18]

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.[17][19]

In 2015, she played Wendy in the new Bob the Builder series voicing her in both the UK and US versions.[20]

On 11 September 2017, Froggatt débuted in her lead role, schoolteacher Laura Neilson, on the new six-part thriller miniseries, Liar, on ITV. She 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 began airing in the U.S. on SundanceTV on 25 September 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Froggatt married long-time boyfriend James Cannon in a private ceremony in October 2012.[21] The couple live in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.[16]

CharityEdit

In 2013 Froggatt became an ambassador for global children's charity Plan UK's "Because I Am a Girl" campaign.[22]

FilmographyEdit

Audio dramaEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Solaris Rheya BBC Radio 4 Extra
2014 The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: In Freedom's Cause Lady Marjory (post-production)

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Miranda Jacquie
2009 Echoes Anya Short film
2010 In Our Name Suzy British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2013 Filth Mary
2013 uwantme2killhim? Detective Inspector Sarah Clayton
2013 Still Life Kelly Stoke
2016 Starfish Nicola Ray Producer
2016 A Street Cat Named Bob Val
2017 Mary Shelley Mary Jane Clairmont
2017 Bob the Builder: Mega Machines Wendy (Voice) US & UK Releases
2017 One Last Thing Jaime Completed

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Bill Kelly Martin Episode: "Unlucky in Love"
1997–98 Coronation Street Zoe Tattersall 126 episodes
1999 Bad Girls Rachel Hicks 4 episodes
1999 Dinnerladies Sigourney Episode: "Catering"
2000 Nature Boy Jenny Macalister 3 episodes
2000 Other People's Children Becky 2 episodes
2000 Lorna Doone Lizzie Ridd Television movie
2001 A Touch of Frost Anne 2 episodes
2001 Casualty Lucy Curry Episode: "Better Safe Than Sorry"
2002 Nice Guy Eddie Mandy Episode: "#1.3"
2002 Paradise Heights Julia Sawyer 6 episodes
2002 The Stretford Wives Dawn Richards Television movie
2003 Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Danielle Cable Television 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 Life on Mars Ruth Tyler 3 episodes
2006 The Street Kerry Episode: "Sean and Yvonne"
2006 Rebus Gail Maitland Episode: "Strip Jack"
2006 Missing Sybil Foster 2 episodes
2006 See No Evil: The Moors Murders Maureen Smith Television movie
2007 Murder in the Outback Joanne Lees Television movie
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Hannah 2 episodes
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, later 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 (Voice) 50 Episodes (UK & US)
2016 Dark Angel Mary Ann Cotton 2 Episodes
2017 Liar Laura Neilson Series lead (6-part miniseries)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Work Result
2003 Royal Television Society Award Best Actress Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Nominated
2010 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer In Our Name Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2016 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walker, Andy (20 November 2009). "Wensleydale Railway, at Leeming Bar used for TV filming". Northern Echo. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Maynard, Roger (23 August 2006). "Backpacker murder ordeal to be made into TV drama". UK: The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Stokoe, Jon (1 August 2008). "Joanne Froggatt to star in Robin Hood". Whitby Gazette. UK: Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Gilert, Gerard (24 March 2012). "The housemaid's tale: Joanne Froggatt rips off her pinny and sets her sights on Hollywood". UK: The Independent. 
  5. ^ "M25 murder fiancée backs drama". BBC News. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Winners announced at British Academy Craft Awards" (PDF). headlinepictures.co.uk. BAFTA. 16 April 2004. p. 5. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "My Turn to Make the Tea - BBC Radio 4 FM - 15 September 2004 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Outback murder star on ordeal". Scottish Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "First Night: All About My Mother, Old Vic, London". The Independent. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Moving On press pack: Joanne Froggatt". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Saturday Play: The Von Trapps and Me". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (9 December 2010). "In Our Name – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Masters, Tim (6 December 2010). "King's Speech reigns at British Independent Film awards". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  16. ^ a b 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. 
  17. ^ a b Gilert, Gerard (24 March 2012). "The housemaid's tale: Joanne Froggatt rips off her pinny and sets her". The Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  18. ^ Spencer, Charles (18 January 2011). "The Knowledge, Bush Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  19. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (5 February 2015). "Still Life review – Eddie Marsan in a sad search for the bereaved". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  20. ^ Furness, Hannah (23 June 2016). "Bob the Builder gets an equality makeover as Wendy wins promotion". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt weds longterm partner in secret ceremony". Mail Online. 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Downton star to help world's girls". Plan UK. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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