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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.

"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."

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. »

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