Mur­der SPE­CIAL! Maiden of death

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there are no Abbey end­ings as Down­ton sweet­heart Jo plays mur­derer Mary ann

Brace your­selves, Down­ton Abbey fans! Joanne Frog­gatt has trans­formed her­self into a ter­ri­fy­ing se­rial killer for her next role – and there’s not even a flicker of kindly house­maid anna Bates.

the 36-year-old ac­tress is set to send shiv­ers down our spines in itv’s two-part thriller Dark An­gel, based on the real-life mur­ders of vic­to­rian-era vil­lain Mary ann cot­ton. Known as Bri­tain’s first se­rial killer, Mary ann trav­elled around the north east, mar­ry­ing and mur­der­ing a suc­ces­sion of hus­bands as well as her chil­dren and stepchil­dren by poi­son­ing them, and of­ten col­lect­ing on the life in­surance.

‘it’s ex­cit­ing to play a char­ac­ter who’s so dif­fer­ent from anna Bates,’ Joanne tells TV Times News. ‘plus, it’s an in­ter­est­ing story to tell.’

the trailer for the drama shows psy­chopath Mary ann buy­ing arsenic to kill bed bugs… and, even­tu­ally, her un­for­tu­nate vic­tims.

Back in period cos­tume as cal­cu­lat­ing Mary ann

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