Downton Abbey’s awards

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AN ITV drama starring a Littlebeck-born actress has scooped two major awards.

Downton Abbey which Joanne Froggatt and Scarborough actress Penelope Wilton, received best drama accolade at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards. Its creator Julian Fellowes won the writer’s award.

In Downton, which at its peak attracted, more than 10 million viewers, Joanne played head housemaid Anna and Penelope was cast as Isobel Crawley.

They have now both started work on series two of Downton, which also starred Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, which will be screened later this year. Hugh Bonneville was pipped to the acting honours by Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in Sherlock.

The BBC 1 series pipped ITV’s Downton to best drama series in the Royal Television Society awards held earlier this month.