Joanne Froggatt took inspiration from Mel B and Katie Piper for Angela Black role

Joanne Froggatt inspired by Mel B and Katie Piper in domestic abuse role in new show (Image: Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)

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Joanne Froggatt was inspired by pop star Mel B and TV presenter Katie Piper when playing a domestic abuse victim in a new ITV drama series.

The actress, who has also starred in Downton Abbey, Liar and Coronation Street, plays the title role in Angela Black.

The character is physically and mentally abused by her husband but feels forced to stay because of their children.

Joanne worked with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid as she prepared for the role. She said: “I do feel a responsibility. I did a lot of research and Women’s Aid were incredible, supporting us and pointing me in the right direction.

“They suggested I read a book by Mandy Thomas called You Can’t Run. It is one of the most harrowing accounts of domestic violence and incredibly moving. I read Katie Piper’s book Beautiful about the [acid] attack on her after a short relationship.

Angela, played by Joanne Froggatt, is a victim of domestic violence

Joanne read Katie Piper's (pictured) book
(Image: Belle PR)

“I read Melanie B’s book Brutally Honest.

“All these women told their story really courageously… I was blown away by their honesty.”

The new series, also starring Samuel Adewunmi and Michiel Huisman, will air in October. Joanne, 41, admitted that roles like Angela Black can take their toll.

She said: “I am drawn to these characters, they’re incredible stories and they’re incredibly challenging but, as an actor, it is what you do it for.

“I wouldn’t plan on ever doing an Angela Black type show and then going straight on to do another [similar] character, straight afterwards.

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She also read Mel B's book Brutally Honest
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

“Physically and emotionally you need to put one to bed and have a break.”

Joanne, who revealed in 2020 she had split from her husband, said earlier this month her life is in a state of “flux” but added she is “so grateful” for what she has.

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