Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress.
Let’s see some fun facts about her!
1. Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie was born 9 February 1987 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
2. She was raised at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, her family’s 15th century ancestral seat.
3. Her father, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie.
4. Her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl “Candy” Leslie (née Weld) of Clan Fraser, maternal great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat, and descendant of Charles II of England.
5. Her family presently resides at the 12th century Warthill Castle in Scotland’s Old Rayne.
6. 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).
7. Leslie’s ancestors include French Huguenot Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle, politician Charles March-Phillipps and MP James Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam.
8. She is the third of five children and describes growing up together as “important. We are a big, close family”.
9. Jokingly, she recalls having middle child syndrome and being the family’s only redhead and “the sole ‘ginger’ in a 40-mile radius at school” as the predispositions in her desire to become an actress where “different was O.K.”
10. She was educated at Rayne North School in Aberdeenshire and then the private school Millfield in Street, Somerset, before spending three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
11. Leslie was heavily involved in plays at LAMDA, starring in stage productions such as Uncle Vanya, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Country Wife, as well as a stint on BBC Radio narrating The British Slave Trade: Abolition, Parliament and People. Her experiences allowed her to receive a BASSC certificate in stage combat and master diction in various dialects, which would prove useful in later roles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts hons in 2008.
12. Her leading on screen debut came at age 21 in the television film New Town (2009), for which she won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance – New Talent Award.
13. In September and October 2010, she became the lead in Nell Leyshon’s infamous play Bedlam held at Globe Theatre.
14. Her break-through role came as Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the first series (2010–11) of the ITV television drama Downton Abbey.
15. In 2011, while on Downton Abbey, Leslie briefly appeared in two episodes of the British drama series Case Histories.
16. 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.
17. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. In 2016, she portrayed the character of Athena in Sticky Notes with Ray Liotta.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. She often professes to miss her hometown, saying: “Aberdeen… in the middle of the countryside, all trees and nature.
24. Leslie began dating Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in 2012. They confirmed their relationship in 2016 and moved in together and got engaged in 2017.