Joanne Froggatt recalls financial struggles of early acting days By the skin of my teeth

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Joanne Froggatt, 41, has revealed she struggled financially at the beginning of her acting career before finally landing a job. The Downton Abbey star explained that at one point, she only had “one mortgage payment left in the bank”.

Joanne’s professional acting career began when she was just 16.

However, the actress recalled going through financial hardships until she landed a job “by the skin of her teeth” in her early twenties.

Speaking on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, Joanne gave listeners an insight into her career.

Joanne explained: “I’ve managed to support myself financially since the age of 16 just through acting.

“But my goodness, there were a few points where I was doing it by the skin of my teeth.

“I remember in my early twenties, I think I had one mortgage payment left in the bank and I just thought, ‘all right, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get another job and I can’t do anything else.’

“I landed a job just by the skin of my teeth.”

The star went on to achieve a huge success by portraying Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.

Joanne recently spoke out on her divorce after splitting from her husband last year.

She was married to James Cannon for eight years.

It was revealed in February 2020 that the couple were separating.

Joanne confirmed last year they would continue to co-run their production company, Run After It.

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However, she revealed to Red Magazine in September that she had taken over the company by herself and had recently signed a deal with Sky.

Joanne also told the aforementioned publication that despite the unexpected changes in life she is grateful for what she has.

She said: “I didn’t think I’d be divorced, I didn’t think we’d be going through a pandemic, I didn’t think my life would be in flux in the way it was.

“But I’m OK with that.”

Joanne went on: “I’m so grateful for my friends and family, for my health and to have been working so much during this past year.”

Now Joanne has a positive outlook for the future and is looking forward to the next chapter in her life.

She said: “I’m excited to move forward with it and get my head around the direction in which I want to take things.

“I know what I want, what I don’t want, what I will and won’t put up with.”

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