Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt becomes a Liar
Joanne Froggatt is trading Mr. Bates for a “Liar.” After her long run as Mr. Bates’ love and spouse Anna on “Downton Abbey,” Froggatt will be seen in SundanceTV’s contemporary thriller “Liar.” Co-starring Ioan Gruffudd, the six-part series will debut Sept. 27. Froggatt stars as Laura Nielson, a school teacher who goes out on a seemingly innocent date with Andrew Earlham, a surgeon played by Gruffudd. When something goes wrong, the two of them get caught in a mix of accusations, lies, secrets and possible crimes. Laura is someone who makes what can only be called some very bad decisions, Froggatt told the Television Critics Association Saturday. She’s flawed and possibly evil in ways that are miles away from Anna. “I guess I always want to do things that are different from the last things I’ve done,” Froggatt says. “I loved playing Anna Bates. She was a great character to spend six years with. But it’s nice being the baddie for a chance, too.” Andrew is a change for Gruffudd (“Forever”), as well. And he’s happy about that. “There is something behind his veneer that is deeply disturbing ... It’s a part I’ve been itching to play for many, many years.” Though she’s moved on to “Liar,” fans continue to tell Froggatt how much they loved her in “Downton.” And that’s fine with her.