Joanne in line for an Emmy for her role in Downton

Joanne Froggatt arriving for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.

Joanne Froggatt arriving for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.

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Scarborough-born actres has been nomination for an American TV award for her role as a housemaid in Downton Abbey.

One of her rivals in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama category is co-star Dame Maggie Smith.

ITV 1’s period drama has been nominated for 16 awards including the main prize. The show is nominated for best drama, alongside Mad Men, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire.

Downton stars Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are also up for best actor and best actress in a drama.

The show won best mini-series last year and Joanne was among the stars picking up the award. This year it will compete in the drama category. Joanne is in Hollywood now promoting the upstairs downstairs style drama with co-star Brendan Coyle, who plays her on-screen husband.

Joanne was born in Scarborough, went to stage school in the town and worked in WH Smith in Westborough. She was brought up in Littlebeck, near Whitby.

She has been with Downton since it started two years ago with the third series due to be screened later this year.

She has said of her character: “Anna is quite different from a lot of characters I’ve played. She is genuinely a nice, kind girl really.

Some people might say that ‘nice’ is not what you want to play. But it was just good to play someone very sweet and kind - and not a murderer!”

Joanne rose to fame as troubled teenager Zoe Tattersall in Coronation Street and went on to star in Robin Hood and Bad Girls.

The success of the multi-award winning series caught all the cast by surprise. “We never dared imagine it would have hit the dizzy heights that it has,” she said.

The actress was seen on television in the BBC drama True Love. Joanne will marry her fiance James later this year and she now has a Hollywood manager.

“I’d love to work out there. Hopefully there’s something a bit different about me. I always play girls who are quite traumatised, or plain girl, but I’m happy with that” she said.