Dark Angel's Joanne Froggatt

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of June 19, 2017

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In Dark Angel

If you missed the Masterpiece presentation, Dark Angel, which starred Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt as Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer, there’s another opportunity coming up Saturday, June 24th. It’s a one-off presentation, and Froggatt certainly throws off her sweet, butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth Anna Bates character with a vengeance!

Froggatt, who hails from Yorkshire, looks a lot younger than her 38 years and she’s also been acting a lot longer than you might think. She was just 11 when she was hired as an extra in an episode of the British police drama Heartbeat. When she was thirteen she left home and journeyed south to attend Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, not far from London. It must have been a very different life to the one she’d known on the sheep farm her parents ran near Whitby in the north.

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As Anna Bates in Downton Abbey

Froggatt’s first television role was when she was 17 in another police serial drama called The Bill, where she played a teenage prostitute. It would be another two years though before she got her next role. In the meantime, she returned to Yorkshire and took a job at a chain book store, WHSmiths, in Scarborough. Then in 1997 Froggatt was cast in the long-running television serial drama, Coronation Street. She stayed with the series for a year and from then on has worked consistently.

In the fall of 2012, while she was still working on Downton Abbey, Froggatt married her 6’ 2” tall boyfriend, James Cannon, whom she had been dating for five years. Attending the private church ceremony were several Downton cast members.

In 2013 Froggatt became an ambassador for Plan UK’s "Because I’m a Girl" campaign, an organization that strives to end child marriage and keep girls in education. Despite her busy schedule, in 2014 Froggatt travelled to the Dinajpur region of Bangladesh where she met young campaigners who are helping to end child marriage.

On her return home, in an interview with The Telegraph, Froggatt explained, “when a girl is married off to someone she’s never met before, she’s likely to have to give up her education. The tradition is that she moves in with her husband’s family and looks after the house. And she often falls pregnant very quickly because they’re not wise about birth control. For some girls it’s just a life of servitude from then on in. They have no say.”

I’m sure that’s something with which Froggatt’s character in Dark Angel could identify. It airs Saturday at 6pm on MPT.

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