There are a few Corrie connections to the cast. Rob James Collier of course played Liam in Corrie and now portrays Thomas in Downton. Joanne Froggatt played Zoe, a cult member in Corrie (the cult was called The Cult of Nirab - Nirab being an anagram of Brian. The producer at the time being Brian Park). She plays Anna in Downton. Siobhan Finneran who played nasty O'Brien also appeared in Corrie back in 1990. Her character was Josie Phillips, a loud-mouthed machinist in the factory when Mike Baldwin had it. Lord Grantham himself however never trod the Corrie cobbles - but he did appear in EastEnders as a teacher!
My own cast connection is to Mrs Patmore, actress Lesley Nicol, with whom I worked at the Bolton Octagon Theatre many years ago. The play was written by a Corrie writer!
|O'Brien used to work for Mike Baldwin.|