One of Downton Abbey’s biggest stars will appear in a new BBC drama series. Joanne Froggatt played Anna, Lady Mary Crawley’s maid, from the start of the program in 2010 until 2015.
Filmed largely at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, Downton Abbey spanned six series and two films and garnered fans from all over the world. The latest film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, hit cinema screens earlier this year to strong reviews.
Froggatt has also featured in both Downton films, and since the series ended, she has been in many other productions as well. What a lot of people don’t know is that Froggatt actually voiced Wendy in Bob the Builder from 2015 to 2018.
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She also recently starred in the ITV thriller Angela Black and will be making the jump to the BBC for her new show. In the new BBC drama Sherwood, Froggatt will play a character called Sarah.
She will be joined on the show by fellow Downton star Kevin Doyle, who played footman Joseph Molesley. Other stars, including Bridgerton’s Lorraine Ashbourne, The Crown’s Lesley Manville and The Walking Dead’s David Morrisey, will also have roles in the series.
Partly inspired by true events in a Nottinghamshire mining village in the heart of Sherwood, the series will follow two unexpected murders that spark a manhunt. The six-show series is set to air on BBC One later this month, and the first trailer has already been released.
In the trailer, Froggatt can be seen at what appears to be her wedding. She is also filmed later looking rather confused/dazed, likely caught up in the mysterious happenings in the area.
As mentioned earlier, the events of the drama were partly inspired by real events. NottinghamshireLive reports how in 2004 a small mining village in Nottinghamshire found itself in a surreal sea of police, press and search helicopters.
In July of that year, Robert Boyer shot dead former miner Keith “Froggy” Frogson with a crossbow, before stabbing him to death and burning down his house – along with his victim’s daughter and her husband. always inside. Later that month, Terry Rodgers was living in his daughter Chanel’s home in Huthwaite when he shot her four times, just weeks after they were married. Although completely separate crimes, they will forever be linked when the two killers fled into the woods near Annesley Woodhouse.
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