Fresh from playing a murderess in ITV’s drama, Dark Angel, Joanne Froggatt has spoken about her new film, A Street Cat Named Bob.
In an interview with this month’s edition of The Big Issue magazine, which was being sold in Baxtergate, she explained what drew her to the role: “I thought it would make a wonderful feelgood film that we could tell in a very real, grown-up way,” she said. “How fantastic that this guy has changed his life around.”
Joanne plays Val, a social worker who helps the central character, James, on his road to recovery.
The film is based on the best-selling true story of how James Bowen, a drug addict and busker, turned his life around after he met a stray ginger cat.
Joanne, who used to work part-time in a Whitby fish and chip restaurant, also said that she spent time getting to know the real James Bowen.
She said: “James and Bob were in every day and I spent many hours chatting with James. It is their story, so it is right that they should have ownership of it.”
Joanne’s character, Val plays both a housing worker for James and a drugs consellor.
A Street Cat Named Bob (12A) will be showing at Whitby Pavilion from December 11-14.
Whitby’s best known actress recently starred in the ITV drama re-telling of the story of Mary Ann Cotton, a woman who is believed to have poisoned as many as 21 people in Victorian England. Dark Angel was a two-part drama, filmed in large parts on the North-East Coast.
She said that filming locally offered her the chance to stay with her parents: “It’s been lovely to film here. Although Downton Abbey was set in Yorkshire it was filmed down south at Highclere Castle and Ealing Studios.
“We also had a couple of days at Saltburn, which is very close to home. So I got to stay with my parents for a few nights.”
Joanne has also featured in another new film called Starfish, which is once again based on a true story, following a family who are thrown into turmoil when the husband contracts sepsis, a brutally damaging illness.