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No kidding, Froggatt and Gruffudd relish role departures in Liar

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd say they love playing against type in their new TV series Liar.

The contemporary psychological thriller will be shown on ITV in the UK and SundanceTV in the US.

Downton Abbey star Froggatt plays Laura in the six-part mini-series, who goes on a first date with Gruffudd's Andrew that leads to violent accusations.

The drama looks at both sides of the story before revealing the truth of what happened.

Froggatt told a TV critics' meeting in Beverly Hills that she loved playing kind-hearted Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, but said: "It's nice to play the baddie sometimes, too."

Whether or not Laura ends up the bad girl in Liar remains to be seen - Froggatt would only say she makes questionable choices.

Former Hornblower star Gruffudd, who has played debonair characters in Forever on ABC or Ringer on The CW, enjoys playing a potential antagonist.

"There is something behind that veneer that is slightly disturbing," he said of Andrew, who is a respected surgeon.

"For me personally, it was an incredible opportunity to play this kind of part.

"It's a part I've been itching to play for many, many years."

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