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'Downton Abbey' star Joanne Froggatt coming to Annapolis Film Festival

'Downton Abbey' star Joanne Froggatt coming to Annapolis Film Festival
"Downton Abbey" star Joanne Froggatt is coming to the Annapolis Film Festival next weekend. (Courtesy photo)

British actor Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna Bates on "Downton Abbey," is flying across the pond to join the crowd at the East Coast premiere of her latest work, "A Crooked Somebody," at the Annapolis Film Festival on March 24.

Then, on March 25, she will appear for a festival spotlight event, "A Conversation with Joanne Froggatt," at 12:30 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Tickets for that event are on sale online now.

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"A Crooked Somebody," which has been called a smartly written, character-driven thriller by critics, is directed by Trevor White and produced by Tim White and Wayne Rogers, all of whom have strong Annapolis ties.

The 7 p.m. screening at St. John's College's Key Auditorium is preceded by a red carpet photo opportunity with Froggatt, the White brothers and other key industry professionals at 6:30 p.m.

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"A Crooked Somebody" is the story of a phony psychic kidnapped by a guilt-ridden murderer who thinks he might help him make peace with his victim's spirit.

But when the con artist learns that his captor's crime is a high-profile unsolved case, he devises a plan to use his secret to gain fame and fortune on a national stage.

In it Froggatt plays Chelsea, the level-headed partner in crime of Rich Sommer ("Mad Men"), who plays Michael Vaughn, a conflicted con artist. Golden Globe winner and four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris is his disapproving pastor father.

"We are thrilled to host this distinguished actress who you will see in a different light. This role is a far cry from her character on the popular PBS series 'Downton Abbey,' " said festival Director Lee Anderson. "I can't wait to show her our amazing city."

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Froggatt played the well-loved head housemaid Anna Bates in all six seasons of the period drama. She received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.

"Anna Bates and my character Chelsea in 'A Crooked Somebody' were very different, but I nevertheless enjoyed playing and filming 'ACS,' " Froggatt said. "I'm very much looking forward to talking about 'ACS' during the 'Conversation With …" event on March 25.

Trevor and Tim White, sons of festival founder Patti White, are founders and managing partners of Star Thrower Entertainment. They produced Rob Reiner's " LBJ" starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Richard Jenkins. They executive produced Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River" with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Most recently, the White brothers were the executive producers and developed the story for Stephen Spielberg's Oscar-nominated "The Post," starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The filmmaking duo have many other film and television projects in various stages of development and production, including a television series at HBO.

Ticketholders can join "A Conversation with Joanne Froggatt," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 25 in Maryland Hall's Main Theater. The conversation will be moderated by New York-based film critic Joe Neumaier, a member of the film festival's advisory board. Attendees can also ask Froggatt questions about the industry, how she launched as an actress, how she gets into character and any other questions of interest.

For tickets and more information about the Annapolis Film Festival, which runs March 22-25, visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.com.



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