Joanne Froggatt (born 21 August 1980) is an Emmy-nominated English actress of stage, television, and film, most notably appearing in Downton Abbey as Anna, the head housemaid. She earlier had a regular role in Coronation Street and has also appeared in many other television dramas including Bad GirlsdinnerladiesNature BoyRed CapA Touch of FrostOther People's ChildrenThe StreetRebusIsland at War, and Life on Mars.

Biography and careerEdit

Froggatt was born and brought up in the village of Littlebeck. 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  and then left her family home at the age of 13 to attend the Redroofs Theatre School in MaidenheadBerkshire.

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 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 onChannel Ten in Australia on 18 March 2007, and was screened in Britain on ITV on 8 April 2007. 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 byPenélope 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. 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 BBCdrama 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, 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, the head housemaid, 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.


Year Film Role Notes
1996 The Bill TV series (1 episode: "Unlucky in Love")
1997 Coronation Street Zoe Tattersall TV series (11 episodes: 1997-99)
1999 Bad Girls Rachel Hicks TV series (4 episodes)
Dinnerladies Sigourney TV series (1 episode: "Catering")
2000 Nature Boy Jenny Macalister TV serial
Other People's Children Becky TV series (2 episodes)
Lorna Doone Lizzie Ridd TV film
2001 A Touch of Frost Anne TV series (2 episodes)
Casualty Lucy Curry TV series (1 episode: "Better Safe Than Sorry")
2002 Miranda Jacquie
Nice Guy Eddie Mandy TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.3")
Paradise Heights Julia Sawyer TV series (6 episodes)
The Stretford Wives Dawn Richards TV film
2003 Red Cap Pte. Tracy Walters TV series (1 episode: "Crush")
The Last Detective Celia/Josie TV series (1 episode: "Pilot")
Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Danielle Cable Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor
2004 Island at War Angelique Mahy TV serial (3 episodes)
2006 Missing Sybil Foster TV film
Life on Mars Ruth Tyler/ Mrs. Tyler TV series (3 episodes)
See No Evil: The Moors Murders Maureen Smith TV film
The Street Kerry TV series (1 episode: "Sean and Yvonne")
Rebus Gail Maitland TV series (1 episode: "Strip Jack")
2007 Murder in the Outback Joanne Lees TV film
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Hannah TV series (2 episodes)
2009 Moving On Kellie TV series (1 episode: "Butterfly Effect")
Echoes Anya Short
Robin Hood Kate TV series (11 episodes)
2010 Identity Jane Calshaw TV series (1 episode: "Chelsea Girl")
In Our Name Suzy British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
The Royle Family Saskia TV series (1 episode: Joe's Crackers)
2010–Present Downton Abbey Anna Smith, later Anna Bates TV series (25 episodes: 2010–present)

Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series(2012)

2012 True Love Ruth TV series (1 episode: "Story One")
Filth Mary post-production
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