“I can’t remember, in my adult life at least, a show that’s been so widely received,” says Joanne Froggatt of the success of PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey,” on which she plays Anna, a maid in an English country manor in the early 20th century.
It won Best TV Movie/Miniseries at the Emmys in 2011, but this year it switches over to the race for Best Drama Series. Froggatt has been entered for consideration, along with Maggie Smith, for Best Drama Supporting Actress. (Smith won in the Movie/Mini category last year.)
The experience of watching the show win at the Emmys and Golden Globes in the last year was “incredible … I was at the Emmys. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, and I went along … It was the most incredible experience. It was really wonderful to be accepted amongst our American peers … I think we’re all still a little bit overwhelmed by it really. It’s just been a bit of a dream come true.”
But Froggatt doesn’t expect to be singled out for her performance. “It’s lovely just to be talked about within these circles,” she says about the possibility of a nomination, “but I’m not holding out for the look of a nomination.”
If she is nominated, she will most likely submit the last episode of the season: the 90-minute Christmas special in which her character’s husband, John Bates (Brendan Coyle), is convicted of the murder of his ex-wife. “Probably the most dramatic scenes are in that,” she explains, “but I don’t think I’m going to get that far.”
“Anna and Bates still have a little way to go before they hopefully find some kind of place of happiness,” Froggatt teases of upcoming developments in the third season of the series, which is currently in production. They have endured numerous roadblocks during their romance, but the actress doesn’t want them to be too happy too quickly. “People keep saying, ‘Do you want Anna and Bates to settle down and have babies?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, as a viewer I do, but as an actress no way!'”
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