Joanne Froggatt wins Golden Globe for role in Downton Abbey

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Actress Joanne Froggatt has picked up a Golden Globe for her role in the ITV hit series Downton Abbey.

The actress, who was brought up in Littlebeck near Whitby, won best supporting actress in a TV series for her role as the maid Anna Bates.

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt

Froggatt was surprised to win her award, beating the likes of Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Michelle Monaghan and Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black.

She was rewarded for her portrayal of Anna Bates, who was raped and then accused of murdering her attacker in the drama.

“This is the most shocking moment of my life. After the storyline aired I received a lot of letters from survivors of rape - thank you to everyone who wrote - I heard you,” she said.

Joanne, who worked at WH Smith in Scarborough, before her award-winning career as an actress first found fame as troubled teeanger Zoe Tattersall in Coronation Street.

She also appeared in Robin Hood on BBC 1 and played Joanne Lees in a one-off for Channel 4.