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Saturday 16 December 2017

I want to be a baddie, says Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays kind-hearted maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, wants to get her teeth in to an evil character.

Fresh from her Golden Globe win for playing the hard-working servant, Froggatt (34) told reporters: "I'd like to work on a big-budget US film, ideally playing the total opposite of Anna Bates, someone really evil.

"It would be nice to do lots of different roles and swap between TV, film and theatre like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren do. That's the perfect mix."

Froggatt and her husband James Cannon are set to spend six months living in Los Angeles after she finishes filming the next series of Downton Abbey.

Her assault on Hollywood will come even though she senses she may not fit in.

"I'm not a big-budget Hollywood type. They want the model type, classically beautiful, and I'm not," she said.

Asked whether this was due to sexism, she said that there are more interesting character roles for men.

Competition

She added: "Also there are more actresses than actors so there is more competition. But things are getting better for women, particularly on TV."

Her plain-looking character in Downton Abbey (inset) is far from the glamour of Hollywood.

She said: "The weird thing is that I wouldn't leave the house like that on a day-to-day basis.

"I don't go to the gym without mascara and foundation on, and yet I'm quite happy for millions of people to see me looking absolutely terrible on screen.

"I don't have any vanity when I'm acting as long as it's right for the role. It just so happens that Anna Bates in Downton or my film roles have not been very glamorous."

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