Joanne Froggatt

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Joanne Froggatt
Born(1980-08-21) 21 August 1980 (age 33)
Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Years active1996-present
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Joanne Froggatt
Born(1980-08-21) 21 August 1980 (age 33)
Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Years active1996-present

Joanne Froggatt (born 21 August 1980) is an English actress of stage, television, and film, most notably appearing in Downton Abbey as Anna, Lady's Maid to Lady Mary Crawley. She earlier had a regular role in Coronation Street and has also appeared in many other television dramas including Bad Girls, dinnerladies, Nature Boy, Red Cap, A Touch of Frost, Other People's Children, The Street, Rebus, Island at War, and Life on Mars.

Early life and education[edit]

Froggatt was born and brought up in the village of Littlebeck.[1][2] Her parents, having run a corner shop, next started a rare breed sheep farm on a smallholding near Whitby. Froggatt initially joined a drama group in Scarborough [3] 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.[3]

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 starred as a main character in the drama Missing, made by SMG Productions in 2006 alongside Gregor Fisher. However, the two-part thriller wasn't broadcast on STV until November 2008.

Also in 2006, she played the sister of Myra Hindley in the ITV drama, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, and recently 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] She also appeared on the London stage in the adaptation of All About My Mother in the part of Sister Rosa (played in the 1999 film by Penélope Cruz), which ran from July to November 2007 at the Old Vic Theatre.

She portrayed Kate, a peasant, in the third season of the BBC TV series Robin Hood.[4] 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.[5]

On 15 April 2010, Joanne Froggatt appeared opposite Lee Ingleby in the BBC Radio Four play The Disappearance by Peter Whalley. 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.

From 2010, Froggatt has appeared in Downton Abbey as Anna, Lady's Maid to Lady Mary Crawley, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012.

On 25 December 2010, she 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.

Personal life[edit]

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


1996The BillTV series (1 episode: "Unlucky in Love")
1997Coronation StreetZoe TattersallTV series (11 episodes: 1997-99)
1999Bad GirlsRachel HicksTV series (4 episodes)
DinnerladiesSigourneyTV series (1 episode: "Catering")
2000Nature BoyJenny MacalisterTV serial
Other People's ChildrenBeckyTV series (2 episodes)
Lorna DooneLizzie RiddTV film
2001A Touch of FrostAnneTV series (2 episodes)
CasualtyLucy CurryTV series (1 episode: "Better Safe Than Sorry")
Nice Guy EddieMandyTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.3")
Paradise HeightsJulia SawyerTV series (6 episodes)
The Stretford WivesDawn RichardsTV film
2003Red CapPte. Tracy WaltersTV series (1 episode: "Crush")
The Last DetectiveCelia/JosieTV series (1 episode: "Pilot")
Danielle Cable: EyewitnessDanielle CableNominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor
2004Island at WarAngelique MahyTV serial (3 episodes)
2006MissingSybil FosterTV film
Life on MarsRuth Tyler/ Mrs. TylerTV series (3 episodes)
See No Evil: The Moors MurdersMaureen SmithTV film
The StreetKerryTV series (1 episode: "Sean and Yvonne")
RebusGail MaitlandTV series (1 episode: "Strip Jack")
2007Murder in the OutbackJoanne LeesTV film
2008Spooks: Code 9HannahTV series (2 episodes)
2009Moving OnKellieTV series (1 episode: "Butterfly Effect")
Robin HoodKateTV series (11 episodes)
2010IdentityJane CalshawTV series (1 episode: "Chelsea Girl")
In Our NameSuzyBritish Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
The Royle FamilySaskiaTV series (1 episode: Joe's Crackers)
2010–PresentDownton AbbeyAnna Smith, later Anna BatesTV series (25 episodes: 2010–present)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012)
2012True LoveRuthTV series (1 episode: "Story One")
uwantme2killhim?Detective Inspector Sarah Clayton
Still LifeKelly Stoke


  1. ^ Walker, Andy (20 November 2009). "Wensleydale Railway, at Leeming Bar used for TV filming". Northern Echo. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Maynard, Roger (23 August 2006). "Backpacker murder ordeal to be made into TV drama". UK: The Guardian. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Stokoe, Jon (1 August 2008). "Joanne Froggatt to star in Robin Hood". UK: Whitby Gazette. 
  5. ^ "Saturday Play: The Von Trapps and Me". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 

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