Joanne Froggatt & Katherine Dow Blyton: are they related?

Joanne Froggatt and Katherine Dow Blyton

A couple of weeks ago, while watching Kay Mellor’s BBC1 drama The Syndicate, about a group of supermarket workers who win the lottery, I found myself staring at the character of Annie, the partner of store manager Bob. She looked remarkably like Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna in Downton Abbey.

Annie is played by Katherine Dow Blyton, who had a fairly long run in Hollyoaks and has played several characters in Coronation Street among an extensive non-soap CV. After putting out a general enquiry on Twitter, I was told by one follower that (as a relative of Blyton) she was able to confirm that they weren’t related. But I had far more people tell me that they had been thinking the same thing. And because my blog’s pages include my tweets, my query about the two actresses ended up with an increase in traffic to this site by people who were clearly wondering the same as I.

So, for anyone still in any doubt: from what I understand, they’re not related. But they’re both awesome actors, and if anyone ever casts them as relatives, then I want to see that production…

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.

16 thoughts on “Joanne Froggatt & Katherine Dow Blyton: are they related?”

  1. Hi Scott, I was just watching Episode 4 of the first series of Monroe, where KDB played the wife of a patient. I instantly thought it was JF, but thought her eyes looked dark and was wondering if she was wearing contacts. On further investigation I found your blog. Yes the resemblance is uncanny!

  2. Thank you for that, I have nearly finished the series and was racking my brain all the way through of what I had seen her in before, I can now concentrate on the rest of the show. ;)

  3. Hi Scott, I just watched The Syndicate on Hulu and I thought the same thing. I could swear that Annie on the show and Anna from Downton Abbey were the same person. They even sounded alike. It is amazing! That is how I came across your page as I was looking up to see if they were in the same person or a relative. You have now answered my question, so thank you. But they really are dead ringers for each other.