Rose Leslie

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Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Leslie at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie
(1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 28)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Rose Leslie (born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie; 9 February 1987) is a Scottish actress best known for her portrayals of Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones and Gwen Dawson in the ITV Network drama series Downton Abbey.

Early life[edit]

Leslie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland[1] and raised at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, her family's 15th-century ancestral seat.[2] Her father is Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie, and her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl "Candy" Leslie (née Weld), great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat (a descendant of Charles II).[2] Her parents own the 12th-century Warthill Castle in Aberdeenshire.[3][4][5] Her great-great grandfather was Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, who served as Mayor of Mexico City.[6] She is also cousin-in-law to the British historian, William Dalrymple.[7]

Leslie is the third of five children. She was educated at Rayne North primary school in Aberdeenshire, and then the private Millfield School in England,[8] before spending three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating with a BA in 2008.[9]


Leslie at HBO's Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere at Cinerama in 2013

Leslie made her debut in the 2009 television film New Town, for which she won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance – New Talent Award.[10][11] In September and October 2010, she appeared at the Globe Theatre in Nell Leyshon's play Bedlam.[12][13] She appeared as Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the first series of the 2010 ITV television drama Downton Abbey.[14] In 2012, she began playing the wildling Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, alongside Kit Harington, who played her lover, Jon Snow. In October 2013, it was announced Leslie would be joining the second series of the Channel 4 conspiracy drama Utopia.[15] She has also starred in ITV drama The Great Fire.[16] Leslie will star in the action adventure/fantasy film The Last Witch Hunter.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 New Town Rhian BAFTA Scotland Award – New Talent
2012 Now Is Good Fiona
2014 Honeymoon Bea
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Chloe Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Locked Up Abroad Kim Episode: "Lima"
2010 Downton Abbey Gwen Dawson 7 episodes
2011 Case Histories Laura Wyre 2 episodes
2012 Vera Lena Holgate Episode: "The Ghost Position"
2012–2014 Game of Thrones Ygritte 17 episodes
2014 Blandings Niagra Donaldson Episode: "Custody of the Pumpkin"
2014 Utopia Milner (young) Episode #2.1
2014 The Great Fire Sarah Farriner Mini-series



  1. ^ "Downton Abbey web-site". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b McDonald, Toby (12 October 2011). "Downton Abbey maid Rose Leslie grew up a Scottish castle Lady". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Leslie, Sebastian. "Warthill Castle". About Scotland. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Clan Leslie, Aberdeenshire Council". Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Obituary Jillian Ada Burcher". Newsletter of Clan Leslie Society of Australia and New Zealand, CLANZ. December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Obituary for Mary Luz Arbuthnot-Leslie
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Old Millfieldian Society". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "LAMDA web-site" (PDF). 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "New Talent Awards in 2009". The BAFTA site: Scotland. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 
  11. ^ "Awards and Nominations". LAMDA. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. 
  12. ^ "Rose Leslie CV". Hamilton Hodell. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Charliebrown" (20 July 2010). "Downton Abbey – Rose Leslie". Enchanted Serenity of Period Films. Ottawa, Canada: 
  14. ^ "Downton Abbey web-site". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (16 October 2013). "'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie joins 'Utopia' series 2". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "ITV casting announcement of The Great Fire". ITV Press Centre. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Vin Diesel’s Bushy ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Beard". Bloody Disgusting. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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