Froggatt plays maid Anna Bates in the hit PBS series
Some moments in the past season of Downton Abbey were heartbreakingly sad to watch. And most of those scenes featured Joanne Froggatt, whose character, maid Anna Bates, suffered a brutal sexual assault.
While some thought the storyline was poorly handled in the period drama, Froggatt, 34, who’s nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series at the Emmys, reveals it was an eye-opening experience for her.
“Since the storyline aired, I’ve received messages from women that have been through a similar experience to Anna in their own lives,” she told E! last month. And like Anna, a lot of those women had felt unable to talk about what had happened to them.
Watching Froggatt – now a two-time nominee – struggle to cope with what happened, while trying to conceal the truth from her husband John (Brendan Coyle), had Downton fans crying right alongside her.