Froggatt plays maid Anna Bates in the hit PBS series

By K.c. Blumm
August 22, 2014 04:50 PM
PBS

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.

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