The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Downton star Joanne splits from husband

- By Chris Hastings ARTS CORRESPOND­ENT

DOWNTON ABBEY star Joanne Froggatt has revealed that she has separated from her husband.

Froggatt, best known for playing Anna Bates in the hit TV and film franchise, confirmed the split from James Cannon in an interview yesterday.

‘We’ve actually been separated for a little while,’ she said. ‘I’m looking to the future. I’m just going to embrace this year and see what happens.’

The pair married in 2012 and their private ceremony at a church in Oxfordshir­e was attended by members of the Downton cast. The actress, 39, described the day as the happiest of her life.

The couple appeared devoted to each other, and the revelation that they have split will take the world of showbusine­ss by surprise. They still plan to work together on film and TV projects.

Although a showbusine­ss outsider, IT consultant Cannon was keen to support his wife’s career and was regularly photograph­ed alongside her at red-carpet events.

They set up a production company called Run After It and in 2018 even moved to Los Angeles so that Froggatt could pursue career opportunit­ies in Hollywood.

Froggatt, who starred in last year’s Downton Abbey movie and will soon reprise her role in the hit ITV thriller Liar, remains one of Britain’s most popular stars.

In the interview, the actress also revealed that she had no qualms about turning 40 in August and that she had not ruled out motherhood in the future.

She said: ‘If it happens, it happens. And if it doesn’t, I hope I’ll still feel I can live a happy and fulfilled life.’

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SHOCK: Actress Joanne Froggatt and, left, James Cannon
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