Leslie in 2013
Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie|
9 February 1987
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (BA)|
Kit Harington (m. 2018)
Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (born 9 February 1987), known professionally as Rose Leslie, is a Scottish actress. After winning a Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance for her role in New Town, she rose to fame as Gwen Dawson in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey and as Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. She stars as Maia Rindell in the CBS All Access legal and political drama The Good Fight.
Early life and ancestry
Leslie was born to a noble family in Aberdeen, Scotland. She was raised at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, her family's 15th century ancestral seat, where she lived until the age of ten. Her father, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie. Her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl "Candy" Leslie (née Weld) of Clan Fraser, whose maternal great-grandfather was Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat, and descendant of Charles II of Scotland and England. Another great grandfather of Candy Leslie (née Weld) was Frederick Weld, the sixth Prime Minister of New Zealand. Her family currently resides at the 12th century Wardhill Castle in Scotland's Old Rayne. Her great-great grandfather was Don Guillermo de Landa y Escandon, who served as Mayor of Mexico City, and she is also cousin-in-law to the British historian, William Dalrymple (FRAS). Leslie's ancestors include French Huguenot Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle, politician Charles March-Phillipps and MP James Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam.
Leslie worked for BBC Radio narrating The British Slave Trade: Abolition, Parliament and People. She won a BASSC certificate in stage combat and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 2008.
In September and October 2010, she became the lead in Nell Leyshon's infamous play Bedlam held at Globe Theatre. Based on the Bethlem Royal Hospital, representative of the worst excesses of asylums in the era of lunacy reform, Leslie portrayed May, a beautiful country girl driven mad by lost love. The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer praised her performance, commenting, "Leslie proves genuinely poignant." Her break-through role came as Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the first series (2010–11) of the ITV television drama Downton Abbey. In 2011, while on Downton Abbey, Leslie briefly appeared in two episodes of the British drama series Case Histories.
In 2012, she was cast in the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. For her role as wildling Ygritte in seasons two, three and four, Leslie was met with major acclaim. The A.V. Club's Rowan Kaiser stated: "As Ygritte, [Rose] is both dangerous and flirtatious, and it's fun to watch." Den of Geek's David Crow exclaimed, "A complicated character [...] Rose Leslie devours the screen." In 2013, Vox.com's Todd VanDerWerff (under The A.V. Club) review for "The Climb" episode, "(In the books) Ygritte is a means to an end... (but) on screen, as embodied by Rose Leslie, she becomes something more," whilst The Atlantic's Christopher Orr summed up her portrayal in 2014's episode "The Watchers of the Wall" by concluding: "Rose Leslie has been one of a handful of performers on the show who’ve really elevated their characters above what they were in the books."
While on Game of Thrones, Leslie appeared in the 2012 drama film Now Is Good alongside Dakota Fanning and in episodes of ITV detective television series Vera, Channel 4 conspiracy drama Utopia and BBC One's comedy series Blandings.
From October to November 2014, she top-billed in the four-part mini-series The Great Fire. She then starred in the horror film Honeymoon with Harry Treadaway. She has since played DS Emma Lane in the BBC detective drama Luther with Idris Elba with positive response and starred alongside Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood in the 2015 action adventure/fantasy film The Last Witch Hunter. In 2016, she portrayed the character of Athena in Sticky Notes with Ray Liotta.
In 2016, Leslie was cast in The Good Fight, a CBS All Access legal drama and spin off of The Good Wife. She plays Maia Rindell, a new lawyer who just passed the bar and whose family is involved in a financial scam, destroying her reputation. The first episode aired in February 2017.
In 2017 Leslie provided the voice for the female protagonist "En" in the video game Echo, a game by Copenhagen-based game developer Ultra Ultra.
Leslie is fluent in French, having lived in France for three years. While working as an actress, she resided in Battersea, London, until relocating to North London. She often professes to miss her hometown, saying: "Aberdeen... in the middle of the countryside, all trees and nature. ... I feel very much at peace in Scotland".
Leslie began an on-off relationship with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in 2012. They announced their engagement through The Times in September 2017. Their wedding was held on 23 June 2018. They married at Rayne Church in Aberdeenshire, and the reception was held at nearby Wardhill Castle, which is owned by Leslie's family. Game of Thrones co-stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Liam Cunningham, John Bradley, Joe Dempsie, Ben Crompton among several others were in attendance.
Politics and other interests
Rose Leslie declared her support in favour of Scotland remaining a devolved part of the United Kingdom during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign. At the 2015 UK general election, Leslie campaigned with the Conservatives in her local constituency of Gordon, Aberdeenshire. Her father, Sebastian Leslie, was elected to serve as a Conservative Councillor on Aberdeenshire Council as part of the 2017 Council elections, representing the West Garioch ward on the Council. However, he has since been suspended from the Conservative Party and currently sits as an Independent.
|2012||Now Is Good||Fiona||Ol Parker|||
|2015||The Last Witch Hunter||Chloe||Breck Eisner|||
|2016||The Last Dance||Athena||Amanda Sharp||US title: Sticky Notes|||
|Morgan||Dr. Amy Menser||Luke Scott|||
|2008||Banged Up Abroad||Kim||Channel 5||Episode: "Lima"|
|2009||New Town||Rhian||BBC||Television film|||
|2010, 2015||Downton Abbey||Gwen Dawson||ITV||8 episodes|||
|2011||Case Histories||Laura Wyre||BBC||2 episodes|||
|2012||Vera||Lena Holgate||ITV||Episode: "The Ghost Position"|||
|2012–2014||Game of Thrones||Ygritte||HBO||17 episodes|||
|2014||Blandings||Niagra Donaldson||BBC One||Episode: "Custody of the Pumpkin"|||
|2014||Utopia||Young Milner||Channel 4||Episode #2.1|||
|2014||The Great Fire||Sarah Farriner||ITV||4 episodes|||
|2015||Luther||DS Emma Lane||BBC One||2 episodes|||
|2016||Revolting Rhymes||Red Riding Hood (voice)||BBC One||2 episodes|
|2017–present||The Good Fight||Maia Rindell||CBS All Access||Main role|||
|Year||Title||Venue / touring theatre||Director||Ref|
|2005–2015||Mixed Up North||Touring
Wilton's Music Hall
|Romeo and Juliet||Love and Madness Company||John Link|
|The Learned Ladies||Jenny Lipman|
|The Caucasian Chalk Circle||Touring
Out of Joint Theatre Company
|Breaking Barriers in Burnley||Out of Joint Theatre Company||Robin Soans & Clark|
|Uncle Vanya||LAMDA||Colin Cook|
|The Children's Monologues||Royal Court Theatre||Danny Boyle|
|Bedlam||Globe Theatre||Nell Leyshon|
Awards and nominations
|2009||British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards||Best Acting Performance||New Town||Won|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
(shared with the cast)
|Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Ancestors of Rose Leslie|
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- Filumena March Philipps is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles II.
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