How Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Rape On 'Downton Abbey' (And Won Herself A Golden Globe)

January 14, 2015 4:00 PM

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How Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Rape On 'Downton Abbey' (And Won Herself A Golden Globe)

When it first aired in the U.K., many viewers were shocked that Julian Fellowes' typically prim and proper period piece would include such a violent representation of sexual assault. In the States, Anna's arc received criticism for focusing on male perspectives (i.e. the eternally brooding Mr. Bates) rather than grappling with her healing process in the months that followed.

Now in its fifth season, Anna's rape is far from forgotten. During the most recent episode aired for American viewers, a police officer visited the estate to speak with Bates (presumably about the mysterious death of Anna's attacker, Mr. Green). Following her win, HuffPost Entertainment spoke with F...

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