Down­ton Abbey’s Joanne Frog­gatt be­comes a Liar

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

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.

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