Rose Leslie

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Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie (March 2013).jpg
Leslie in 2013
Born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie
(1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 27)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (born 9 February 1987), better known as Rose Leslie, is a Scottish actress. She is best known for portraying Gwen Dawson in the ITV television drama Downton Abbey and Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Leslie was born in Aberdeen,[1] and grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, her family's 15th century ancestral seat, before moving to England for school.[2] Her father is Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie, and her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl "Candy" Leslie (née Weld). Leslie is the third of five children.[2] Her parents own the 12th century Warthill Castle in Aberdeenshire.[3][4][5]

Leslie's great-great grandfather was Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, who served as Mayor of Mexico City.[6] She was educated at Rayne North primary school in Aberdeenshire, and then the private Millfield School in England,[7] before spending three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating with a BA in 2008.[8]


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.[9][10] In September and October 2010, she appeared at the Globe Theatre in Nell Leyshon's play Bedlam.[11][12] She appeared as Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the first series of the 2010 ITV television drama Downton Abbey.[1] In 2012, she began playing the wildling Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. In October 2013, it was announced Leslie would be joining the second series of the Channel 4 conspiracy drama Utopia.[13] She has also been cast in ITV drama The Great Fire.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 New Town Rhian BAFTA Scotland Award – New Talent
2012 Now Is Good Fiona
2014 Honeymoon Bea


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Banged 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–present Game of Thrones Ygritte 13 episodes
2014 Blandings Niagra Donaldson Episode "Custody of the Pumpkin"
2014 Utopia
2014 The Great Fire Sarah Farriner TV Miniseries


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Old Millfieldian Society". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "LAMDA web-site". 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Talent Awards in 2009". The BAFTA site: Scotland. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 
  10. ^ "Awards and Nominations". LAMDA. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. 
  11. ^ "Rose Leslie CV". Hamilton Hodell. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Charliebrown" (20 July 2010). "Downton Abbey – Rose Leslie". Enchanted Serenity of Period Films. Ottawa, Canada: 
  13. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (16 October 2013). "'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie joins 'Utopia' series 2". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "ITV casting announcement of The Great Fire". ITV Press Centre. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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