Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt: there’s a lot more of Anna’s story to tell

No spoilers here but it looks like there's no need to worry about housemaid Anna departing in series four of the ITV period drama


It’s no surprise that we are a little worried when it comes to our favourite Downton Abbey characters. Last season saw them dropping like flies, often with little or no warning, and it’s fair to say show runner Julian Fellowes isn’t nervous when it comes to culling the cast. So of course we are pondering where his poisonous pen will strike next…


But, thankfully, there is no need to fret when it comes to Joanne Froggatt and her on-screen persona Anna Bates.

Asked whether she’s tempted to follow the likes of Dan Stevens – who played Matthew Crawley before he was killed off in last year’s Christmas special – and pursue a career in Hollywood, Froggatt said: “I’ve got an agent in LA now but no, not really. I’m still finding new things in Anna, I still feel there is a lot of her story to tell.”


“She’s a very strong-minded character, she’s very forthright in the way she does things,” Froggatt, 33, told Metro. “But I don’t feel yet that Anna has been explored to the extremes.”

When it comes to what those extremes might be, or what Anna will be getting up to in series four of the hit ITV period drama, we are still in the dark, though. And Froggatt is in no rush to tell us.

“You get very good at not saying things… Sometimes it’s tempting to just make things up.”

Read our interview with Joanne Froggatt’s on-screen Downton Abbey husband Brendan Coyle

Downton Abbey returns to ITV this autumn for an eight-part series.