Actress Lesley-Anne Down Stuns Fans by Revealing She Was Almost Abducted When She Was 11

The actress never forgot how distraught her mother was after the incident.

Fans of actress Lesley-Anne Down of “Upstairs, Downstairs” fame are in shock today after she revealed that she was almost abducted when she was 11 years-old.

The incident occurred just after the body of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey, whose name is nearly identical to that of the address, was found in Manchester, United Kingdom. The little girl had been a victim of the notorious serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s.

“I was almost kidnapped when Lesley Ann Downey had just been found,” Down told U.K.’s Mirror.

The 66 year-old added that a man tried to get her into a car near her home in Putney, South West London.

“I’d run ahead of my mother,” Down recalled. “When she caught up, the man had stopped me, told me he needed a babysitter and we would call my parents when we got to his house. I remember having one foot in the car. Seeing my mother broke his spell. I screamed. My mother ran to me and told me to run to my father. He called the police. Of course, my mother couldn’t hold him… he was gone.”

The actress never forgot how distraught her mother was after the incident.

“If a child the same age as yours, whose name was Lesley Ann Downey, was found buried on the moors and then your child was almost taken… wouldn’t you be?” Down said. “I was 11, as she would have been had she lived.”

Brady and Hindley were arrested in 1965 for allegedly murdering five children, although only three bodies were found. The disturbing killings went on to be dubbed the Moors murders because of the couple’s ritual of burying victims on the desolate Saddleworth Moor in northwestern England. Hindley later died in 2002 at the age of 60, while Brady passed away in 2017 at the age of 79.

Down managed to overcome the incident and went on to launch a successful modeling and acting career, most notably appearing on the British show “Upstairs, Downstairs” from 1971 until 1975. She continues to be beloved by her fans to this day, which is why so many of them are stunned by her abduction story.

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