Joanne Froggatt as Laura Nielson in Liar

She may be best known as Anna Bates from Downton Abbey but there’s much more to this actor than the well-mannered lady’s maid.

Froggatt started her acting career way back in 1996 when she was 16 years old. Her first role was on British drama The Bill.

Just a year later Froggatt walked onto the Coronation Street cobbles, where she played teenage mother Zoe Tattersall. In a year and a half on screen Zoe fell in love with Ashley Peacock, joined a religious cult, kidnapped a baby and spent time behind bars.

Since then Froggatt has appeared in Bad Girls, the BBC TV series Robin Hood and voiced the character Wendy in animated kids’ show Bob the Builder.

But she is no stranger to tackling tough subjects. In 2010, her performance in the film In Our Name, in which she played a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, received critical acclaim. 

Laura goes on a date with suave surgeon Andrew

Also in 2010, Froggatt started working on Downton Abbey, the show that made her an international star.

She received three Emmy Award nominations for playing lady’s maid Anna and won a Golden Globe in 2015, the year her character was involved in a harrowing rape storyline.

In Liar, she plays Laura Nielson, a teacher who has recently split up with her long-term boyfriend and goes on a date with suave surgeon Andrew Earlham.

But after the date they both tell a different story about what happened.

Who is telling the truth?

Watch a new episode of Liar Sundays on TVNZ 1 and OnDemand. Meet Froggatt’s co-stars Ioan Gruffudd, Zoe Tapper and Warren Brown.