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Jessica Brown Findlay feared for her life while filming Jamaica Inn

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Apr 03, 2014 | 6:27am EDT

British actress Jessica Brown Findlay was scared of drowning while filming watery scenes for upcoming drama Jamaica Inn. The former Downton Abbey star plays the lead character Mary Yellen in a new TV adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel about smugglers in Cornwall, England. Findlay spent five days wading in and out of the sea while filming on location, and admits the waves terrified her. She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Filming in the sea was ridiculous. It was exhilarating and special because you get to a place so far beyond where it feels 'pretend'. It was very real and there was a certain level of fear. You were in the sea, everyone disappeared and you may drown. "The waves were so big - you'd go under and for a few seconds and you couldn't see which way was up." The three-part adaptation of Jamaica Inn will air in the U.K. from 20 April (14).

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