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RADA director Edward Kemp blames the 'Downton Abbey effect' for working-class actors being side-lined in favour of their posh privately-educated rivals Edward Kemp claims middle and upper class actors are being cast in UK films  Blames the rise in success of TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey  London School of Economics found a whopping 73% of actors are working class

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline

Published: 11:19 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 15:52 GMT, 1 December 2019

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The director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) has blamed the 'Downton Abbey effect' for working-class actors being shafted in favour of posh rivals. 

Edward Kemp claims that the majority of British films which are successful worldwide portray a certain view of the UK - of middle and upper class backgrounds. 

He added that he believes this means that actors who come from a similar background will be looked on more favourably than those who don't. 

Edward Kemp claims that middle and upper class actors are being cast because of a rise in the success of British TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey. Pictured is Erin Doherty who plays Princess Anne

Edward Kemp claims that middle and upper class actors are being cast because of a rise in the success of British TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey. Pictured is Erin Doherty who plays Princess Anne

Mr Kemp (pictured) argued that successful series such as Downton Abbey had caused international audiences to view the UK as purely 'middle and upper class'

Mr Kemp (pictured) argued that successful series such as Downton Abbey had caused international audiences to view the UK as purely 'middle and upper class'

And it appears that the latest smash hits seem to agree with Mr Kemp's theory. 's latest series of The Crown has privately educated actors as the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Margaret and Prince Charles. 

London School of Economics found that a whopping 73 per cent of actors came from middle-class backgrounds

London School of Economics found that a whopping 73 per cent of actors came from middle-class backgrounds

However, Erin Doherty, who plays Princess Anne is an exception, according to the Times she has said she spent her childhood 'happily hanging around

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