Time to appease members of The Downton Abbey Separation Anxiety Society once more…
As part of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman talks with Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) about her early days of acting beginning with ‘stage school’ at the age of 13. At 15, her first acting job was a guest shot on the UK series, The Bill. Her first major role came at the young age of 16 where she was on Coronation Street for two years until the ripe old acting age of 18.
Froggatt goes on to talk about the early days of Downton, including her audition, and how it immediately hooked her that it was going to be something special. While it’s still surprising to a few, Wieselman points out that the hit British period drama, Downton Abbey, was not the first acting gig for most involved with the series. As with Froggatt and most actors in the UK, it’s abundantly clear that their early training in theatre gives them a strong base for both drama and comedy.
The 5th series of Downton Abbey will transmit in Autumn in the UK and in January 2015 on PBS in America. Be patient, we’ll have more bits and bobs from the set as filming continues until August.