EXCLUSIVE: Joanne’s Golden success

Joanne Froggatt accepts her Golden Globe
Joanne Froggatt accepts her Golden Globe

Whitby’s Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt has described her success at the Golden Globes as a “dream come true”.

The 34-year-old scooped the best supporting actress in a TV series gong at the prestigious ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Speaking exclusively to the Whitby Gazette, Littlebeck-born Joanne, who attended Eskdale and Sleights schools, said: “I am over the moon and still in shock.

“We had a wonderful evening. This really is a dream come true.”

The Golden Globes honour the best in film and television and Joanne was recognised for her portrayal of lady’s maid Anna Bates in the ITV period drama.

Joanne’s alter-ego was raped by a valet played by ex-Eastenders actor Nigel Harman in the most recent series of the show, a storyline which shocked viewers.

Her performance saw off competition from fellow nominees including Hollywood A-lister Kathy Bates.

During an emotional acceptance speech at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Joanne described winning the award as “the most shocking moment of my life.”

She added: “After this storyline aired I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she had written, but she just felt in some way that she wanted to be heard.

“I’d just like to say ‘I heard you’ and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you.”

Paying tribute to her parents Keith and Ann, who still live in Littlebeck, she continued: “To my mum and dad, I wouldn’t be here without you, thank you so so much.”

The morning after the ceremony, Joanne tweeted a picture of her award, adding: “Woke up to see this and realised it wasn’t a dream! I’m the happiest girl alive!”.

Joanne was educated at Sleights Primary School and Eskdale School before heading to Berkshire to attend Red Roofs Theatre School.

Her first job was at Booth’s Fine Foods, a cafe in Whitby and she also worked in Alexander’s Fish Restaurant on Golden Lion Bank, before her TV debut which came in 1996 when she appeared in The Bill.

Shortly afterwards, Joanne took on the role of teenage mum Zoe Tattersall in Coronation Street and was later nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for best female actor following her portrayal of Danielle Cable, whose fiance Stephen Cameron was murdered in a road-rage incident.

She later landed parts as Joanna Lees in the television adaption of the true life murder of Peter Falconio and as Myra Hindley’s sister in a TV drama about the moors murders.

In 2010, Joanne won a British Independent Film Award for most promising newcomer for her leading role in the film In Our Name.

She has also appeared in The Royle Family, Robin Hood, Spooks: Code 9, Dinnerladies, Bad Girls and A Touch of Frost.

Since taking the part of Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, Joanne has received Emmy nominations in 2012 and 2014 before her Golden Globes success this month.a