Yorkshire native Joanne Froggatt began her acting career as a member of a youth theater group. She has proven herself to be a versatile talent with numerous theater credits and diverse roles in British television shows such as The Bill, Coronation Street, Spooks and Life on Mars. In 2010, she starred in her first feature film, In Our Name.
Froggatt understands why her Downton Abbey character, Anna, so resonates with audiences. She explains, "She's just so lovely! She's a genuine, kind, moralistic person, she is beautiful on the inside. She is also strong-minded. She doesn't suffer fools gladly — she is no walkover. She has fun, but she also knows what's morally right and wrong. She's the kind of person I'd want as a friend."