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Jessica Brown Findlay talks Jamaica Inn: 'I worried I'd offend people'

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Jessica Brown Findlay has admitted that she feared "annoy[ing] half the country" with her new role in BBC One's Jamaica Inn.

The Downton Abbey actress adopts a Cornish accent to play heroine Mary in the three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel.

BBC One's Jamaica Inn

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"It was hard at first, because it's an accent you don't hear that often," Brown Findlay said. "If it's American, you're bombarded by certain sounds all the time.

"But [with this] you think, 'God, how does it actually sound?' -- apart from going offensive country farmer and just annoy[ing] half the country? I don't want to do that.

"You can forget about that when you're on set and [the accent] just sort of happens - not to say it's perfect."

BBC One's Jamaica Inn

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Jamaica Inn also stars Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and recent BAFTA nominee Sean Harris.

"He's extraordinary," Brown Findlay said of Harris, who plays Mary's menacing uncle Joss. "No one else would have been able to play Joss how he did.

"It's not just menacing, there's a real vulnerability there - perhaps in other hands [Joss] might be more two-dimensional."

BBC One's Jamaica Inn

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Du Maurier's novel, first published in 1936, has been adapted multiple times for the screen, with Alfred Hitchcock shooting a 1939 film version and a 1983 TV drama starring Jane Seymour.

"I looked into the Hitchcock one online... and someone said that Du Maurier didn't like it, so immediately I was like, 'No, right, don't watch that. Irrelevant.'

"I just thought 'No, I really don't want any kind of dramatisation in my head' - Du Maurier wrote such an incredible book, and Emma [Frost has] adapted it so beautifully."

Jamaica Inn will air over three consecutive nights on BBC One, beginning Monday, April 21 at 9pm.

Downton star Jessica Brown Findlay to lead 'Jamaica Inn' for BBC One

Watch the trailer for Jamaica Inn below:

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