Downton's John and Anna to find love

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 September 2011
Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle

Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle have revealed their characters John Bates and Anna Smith will share a passionate love scene in the new series of 'Downton Abbey' which starts tonight (18.09.11)

Downton Abbey's John Bates and Anna Smith will share a passionate love scene in the new series.

After a slow burning attraction formed between them during season one of the ITV1 period drama, Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt, who play the couple, have promised viewers they can expect their relationship to turn physical.

Joanne said: "Shooting love scenes is much easier now in the second series that it would have been in the first because we know each other so well now. We know what the other is thinking, we're on the same page when it comes to the scenes."

Brendan added: "We do see more passionate scenes between Anna and Bates this year, viewers will even get to see Anna with her hair down. I'm blessed to work with Joanne and do these scenes with her and it has developed almost chronologically the relationship and our friendship. It's a great storyline."

The 47-year-old actor also revealed things will start to go wrong for John and Anna when John's wife arrives.

He told BANG Showbiz: "It's just such a pity because everything is going so well for Anna and Bates at the beginning of series two. Because they are such trusted members of staff they are allowed to stay on at the house while in a relationship. They're given this grace and favour cottage in the grounds and it seems as if everything is going to work out. If they were less important members of staff they most likely couldn't have remained in their jobs but obviously Anna is highly valued and Bates has a trusted position in the house so it makes it all the more heartbreaking when things go wrong beginning with the arrival of Bates' wife Vera.

"Dramatically of course it's much nicer to play this complicated relationship, while we'd love for Anna and Bates to settle down and be happy it's much more fun to play the drama."

'Downton Abbey' returns to ITV1 this Sunday (18.09.11).

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