Rose Leslie

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Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie
(1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 28)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

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

Early life[edit]

Leslie was born in Aberdeen[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 Millfield School in Street, Somerset,[8] before spending three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts 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. 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


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 Young Milner Episode #2.1
2014 The Great Fire Sarah Farriner 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Game of Thrones Ygritte



  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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