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Joanne Froggatt on the hushed tones but hard edge of 'Downton Abbey'
Joanne Froggatt on the hushed tones but hard edge of 'Downton Abbey'

Sitting poolside in a shaded veranda, Joanne Froggatt orders a green tea, her bright-blond hair loose and untied, trailing over her shoulders. It's a far remove from the mostly stoic, always-serving Anna Bates, her character on the PBS hit "Downton Abbey" — but, to be fair, "Downton's" mix of English social structures and serialized, scandalized storytelling is also fairly distant from the acting work Froggatt was taking on before the "Masterpiece" series' cross-cultural, cross-oceanic success. "My agent sent me the script, and I had just played a soldier in a U.K. movie about PTSD. So when I read the part of Anna, it was so...

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