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Interview: Joanne Froggatt on a Positive Role for Anna in the Ensemble of ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

It’s been over a decade since Downton Abbey first began, and the Crawley family is back for more adventure in the second film to follow the six-episode TV series, Downton Abbey: A New Era. In the latest visit to the regal estate, a film crew sets up shop to make a silent movie at Downton Abbey with Mary overseeing it while Robert heads to the south of France with a party in tow to explore news of an unexpected inheritance.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Joanne Froggatt for the second time this year, following our conversation about her Spectrum series Angela Black, about her affinity for Anna, working with difficult celebrities, and whether we can expect more from the Downton universe.

On the runaway success of the show, Froggatt said that “we wouldn’t have even imagined it was possible. It happens so incredibly rarely in this industry to play a character over twelve years of your life on and off.”

On what we’ve learned about Anna during that time: “What haven’t we learned about Anna during that time? She’s been through so much, and it’s been wonderful to play her from the beginning as a housemaid, having this slow-burn love affair with Mr. Bates and falling in love, and then all the difficulties that came their way and the trauma she’s been through.”

On the chances of a third movie being commissioned: “Who knows? It’s really down to the audience, you know? If people still have an appetite for it, and if Julian feels he has a third film in him, I’m pretty sure all of us would be jumping at the chance to do another one, because we have a great time doing it.”

Listen to the entire conversation with Froggatt below:

Downton Abbey: A New Era opens in theaters on Friday, May 20th.

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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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