Now she has finished her stint as Anna the maid on Downton Abbey, Yorkshire-born Joanne
Froggatt is leaving England once she has finished her other work commitments in order to try her luck in Hollywood.
Three days after Downton Abbey ended the 35-year-old actress went straight into the starring role in the two-part mini-series Dark Angel as Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer. And it would be impossible to find a better looking serial killer.
"It was a gift to go straight into playing somebody who is the complete polar opposite of Anna," she tells me when we meet in Beverly Hills . But she is no stranger to evil women, having previously portrayed child killer Myra Hindley in the TV drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders.
Joanne has two more films to do in the U.K. and then, she says with a laugh: "I'm moving here because the weather is good. I don't have anything lined up but I'd love to work here so it makes sense to commit and give it a go. I just fancy a bit of adventure so I'm going to live in the sunshine for a little bit."