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Harman says Downton storyline was 'risky'

1 of 2 Nigel Harman
Nigel Harman
2 of 2 Anna played by Joanne Froggat
Anna played by Joanne Froggat

SPOILER ALERT! Former Eastenders star Nigel Harman has spoken about his controversial role in Downton Abbey.

The character of Mr Green was introduced last Sunday night (the episode can be seen on Wednesday on TV3) and was responsible for raping one of the show’s best loved characters, Anna Bates played by Joanne Froggat.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning Harman said the storyline was a “risky idea” for the period drama.

He said "It was a shocking and bold storyline, and something that when I was sent the script and read it was, like, amazed and excited by it, if that makes sense, because for a show like Downton it really leaped out as a bold and risky idea... and I'd worked with Joanne Froggat and Brendan Coyle before and we had a rehearsal and went for it.

He added "We went for something - as it would be in real life - very shocking. It was exciting to play, especially in the context of Downton... to have a female voice was still a new idea [in that era]."

He continued: "When I went for my audition it was for Tom Cullen's role as Lord Gillingham and I went in and did my best Lord audition - I even ironed my shirt and I had perfect hair.

"I charmed the socks off the bosses, or so I thought, and I was thinking, 'That went well'... and my phone went the next day and it was my agent to say, 'They loved you at Downton, but they think you're much more suited to being downstairs', so that's how it came about!"

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