EXCLUSIVE: 'He's just gorgeous!' Liar's Joanne Froggatt gushes over co-star 'best friend' Ioan Gruffudd... after he fears becoming 'Britain's Most Hated Man' due to chilling rapist storyline

They have gripped the nation with their incredible performances in ITV's Liar.

And while Joanne Froggatt and co-star Ioan Gruffudd are embroiled in the chilling storyline on-screen, in which he plays a serial date rapist and she, his victim, the Downton Abbey star gushingly admitted in real life they are wonderful pals.

The 37-year-old esteemed star spoke exclusively to MailOnline about her co-star and friend, making the comments after he unveiled concerns that he is now 'Britain's Most Hated Man' due to his role as evil surgeon Andrew Earlham.

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Troubles: While Joanne Froggatt and co-star Ioan Gruffudd are embroiled in the chilling storyline on-screen, in which he plays a serial date rapist and she, his victim, the Downton Abbey star gushingly admitted in real life they are wonderful pals

Troubles: While Joanne Froggatt and co-star Ioan Gruffudd are embroiled in the chilling storyline on-screen, in which he plays a serial date rapist and she, his victim, the Downton Abbey star gushingly admitted in real life they are wonderful pals

Joanne has won huge fame around the globe since scooping the role of lady's maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, starring in all six series from 2010 and undoubtedly added to the list of stars tipped for the rumoured movie. 

Ioan meanwhile soared to prominence playing the titular character in Nineties period drama Hornblower, yet is widely known for his fleeting part in Titanic, where he played Fifth Officer Harold Lowe during a rescue mission. 

The six-part series has seen fans torn between believing Joanne's teacher character Laura Nielson after she went on a date with the doctor and later accused him of rape - with his character growing more and more wicked as weeks go on.

Despite this, Joanne is adamant she is great friends with Ioan, as the duo often socialise together with his wife Alice Evans and his two daughters Ella Betsi and Elsie Marigold and her husband James Cannon.

Insistent: The 37-year-old esteemed star spoke exclusively to MailOnline about her co-star and friend, making the comments after he unveiled concerns that he is now 'Britain's Most Hated Man' due to his role as evil surgeon Andrew Earlham (pictured with Lulu Guinness on Thursday)

Insistent: The 37-year-old esteemed star spoke exclusively to MailOnline about her co-star and friend, making the comments after he unveiled concerns that he is now 'Britain's Most Hated Man' due to his role as evil surgeon Andrew Earlham (pictured with Lulu Guinness on Thursday)

Rule in red like Joanne in Lulu Guinness

Joanne Froggatt is ruling our screens in Liar at the moment and, after spotting her in this great outfit , she’s been ruling our wardrobes as well!

Attending a Lulu Guinness event, the actress showed her support by covering herself in the brand.

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Troubles: The six-part series has seen fans torn between believing Joanne's teacher character Laura Nielson after she went on a date with the doctor and later accused him of rape - with his character growing more and more wicked as weeks go on

Troubles: The six-part series has seen fans torn between believing Joanne's teacher character Laura Nielson after she went on a date with the doctor and later accused him of rape - with his character growing more and more wicked as weeks go on

Best of friends: Despite this, Joanne is adamant she is great friends with Ioan, as the duo often socialise together with his wife Alice Evans and his two daughters Ella Betsi and Elsie Marigold and her husband James Cannon

Gushing about her co-star, who is concerned over his character's reputation, she spoke to MailOnline at the the release of the limited edition Lulu x Vaseline collaboration in London on Thursday evening.

She said: 'We're really good friends, he lives out in LA. I'm married and he's married with two kids so we all go out for dinner together. He's so lovely! He's just gorgeous!'

Appearing at the event, the petite beauty stood out from the crowd in a bold red dress which featured black detailing around the cuff and cinched in her waist with the belt while her blonde tresses were pulled into a high bun.

Way back when: Ioan meanwhile soared to prominence playing the titular character in Nineties period drama Hornblower, yet is widely known for his fleeting part in Titanic, where he played Fifth Officer Harold Lowe during a rescue mission

Way back when: Ioan meanwhile soared to prominence playing the titular character in Nineties period drama Hornblower, yet is widely known for his fleeting part in Titanic, where he played Fifth Officer Harold Lowe during a rescue mission

Tough time: The star was candid about her feelings for her good pal 

Tough time: The star was candid about her feelings for her good pal 

Understanding the ways: Joanne meanwhile discussed playing the rape victim, as she said: 'As an actor, you have to understand the mindset of the person you¿re playing, and you have to give her a backstory and a background so it makes sense to you, their thought process

Understanding the ways: Joanne meanwhile discussed playing the rape victim, as she said: 'As an actor, you have to understand the mindset of the person you’re playing, and you have to give her a backstory and a background so it makes sense to you, their thought process

Despised: The comments come after Ioan told Radio Times: 'He¿s probably the most hated man in Britain! I may be on the tube now and people will move away or the older generation will come at me with their umbrellas

Despised: The comments come after Ioan told Radio Times: 'He’s probably the most hated man in Britain! I may be on the tube now and people will move away or the older generation will come at me with their umbrellas

The comments come after Ioan told Radio Times: 'He’s probably the most hated man in Britain! I may be on the tube now and people will move away or the older generation will come at me with their umbrellas. 

'It is great that they feel betrayed by Andrew and saddened by what he has done. 

Joanne meanwhile discussed playing the rape victim, as she said: 'As an actor, you have to understand the mindset of the person you’re playing, and you have to give her a backstory and a background so it makes sense to you, their thought process.

'You don’t have to agree with it or agree with the decisions they make, but you have to make sense of why they’re doing it. That’s how I go about building a character.'

Famed: Joanne has won huge fame around the globe since scooping the role of lady's maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, starring in all six series from 2010 and undoubtedly added to the list of stars tipped for the rumoured movie

Famed: Joanne has won huge fame around the globe since scooping the role of lady's maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, starring in all six series from 2010 and undoubtedly added to the list of stars tipped for the rumoured movie

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