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Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt

We should all be envious of how good Joanne Froggatt looks in black and white. Not everyone would be able to make a simple maid’s uniform look that good! Strangely enough, though, the English actress — who plays Anna Bates on Downton Abbey — was actually uncertain about pursuing an acting career until she was invited to audition for the mega-hit British soap Coronation Street. (Coincidentally, fellow Downton cast member Rob James-Collier [Thomas] also got his start on the series).

Since then, Joanne’s been busy making TV magic. In 2010, her work was recognized with a British Independent Film Awards award for “Best Newcomer” and, more recently, she received a 2012 Emmy nomination for her role as Anna. Next up for the lady’s maid? Becoming a leading lady alongside heartthrob James McAvoy in a feature film adaptation of black comedy “Filth”.

Birthplace: Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Birthday: August 21, 1979 
Marital status: Wed James Cannon in October 2012

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