JOANNE Froggatt has left the opulence of Downton Abbey for a gritty modern-day plotline in new ITV drama Liar.
The actress is no stranger to hard-hitting scripts, after having been at the centre of a brutal rape story in Julian Fellowes’ British-based historical show, and her talents will be tested in equally harrowing scenes for her latest role – here’s what we know about the TV star.
Who is Joanne Froggatt and how old is she?
Joanne Frogatt is a 37-year-old Yorkshire theatre and TV actress, born in 1980.
She started her drama training aged just 13 at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
She has made a name for herself in the TV world with her first role in The Bill, in 1996.
Off-screen, Joanne married long-term boyfriend James Cannon in a private ceremony in October 2012.
What has Joanne Froggatt starred in before?
After first starring on the small screen in The Bill, Joanne tackled further challenging, thought-provoking roles in Danielle Cable: Eyewitness and ITV mini-series Island At War.
In 2006, she took on the role of Myra Hindley’s sister in TV drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders, as well as appearing on BBC shows Robin Hood and Spooks.
Joanne made a name for herself among soap fans in 1997 when she hit the cobbles of Coronation Street before remaining loyal to broadcaster ITV with a stint in Bad Girls two years later.
She has also lent her vocal talents to the Bob The Builder TV series, playing Wendy, while her most recent appearance was in the 2016 ITV mini series Dark Angel.
Who did Joanne Froggatt play in Downton Abbey?
The TV star played fans’ favourite lady’s maid Anna Bates in all six series of Julian Fellowes’ hit TV drama Downton Abbey.
While in this role, she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
She also bagged the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.
Will Joanne Froggatt star in a movie adaptation of Downton Abbey?
This summer, The Sun Online exclusively reported Joanne’s promise of a “wonderful” film script for the hit TV series.
The hit ITV period drama came to an end on Christmas Day in 2015, but it was finally confirmed by The Sun in May that a full length feature film edition would be made.
She told us: “I’m sure [creator] Julian’s [Fellowes] script will be just as wonderful as the series.
“You want it to carry on at the same level that we left it.”
The final episode of Downton Abbey saw Joanne’s character Anna give birth to a baby boy during Edith’s wedding reception, but the 36-year-old has no idea what’s in store for her alter ego in the movie, which is set to start filming in September.
She said: “We don’t know anything we really don’t.”
What is new TV drama the Liar and when is it on TV?
Liar started on Monday September 11 at 9pm on ITV.
The tagline for the show is a quote by Aesop, which reads: “Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit to either.”
Over the course of six episodes, the captivating new ITV drama will challenge you to draw your own conclusion schoolteacher Laura and surgeon Andrew, the father of one of her pupils, enjoy a first date.
The next morning, Laura insists she was raped, while Andrew claims they simply had a great time together.
But viewers are left torn as to whose side of the story they believe.
Who will Joanne Froggatt act alongside in The Liar and what is her role?
Joanne stars as teacher Laura, while Ioan Gruffudd plays the surgeon Andrew.
Liar also stars Zoe Tapper as Katy, Warren Brown as Tom, Richie Campbell as Liam and Shelley Conn as Vanessa.
Joanne told The Sun: “Laura has just broken up with her long-term boyfriend and gets asked out on a date by Andrew, a very charming single dad, and they have what seems to be an amazing time together, but then the story unfolds that the evening didn’t turn out as we imagined.
“Both their lives change dramatically after that night – and they have very differing views of their experiences of the evening.”
What has Joanne Froggatt said about her new role in The Liar?
The blonde actress has revealed how she was left utterly exhausted after filming for her new role and the mental demands of the hard-hitting storyline.
She told The Mirror: “It brought it home to me how difficult it is for women to have to go through that whole process of reporting this kind of crime and how difficult it is for the police, unable to support them so much of the time.
“It is a reminder of how disappointing that is. Ultimately, I think the only way to change things is by educating young people on what consent is and what consent means.”