Rose Leslie Biography

Leslie was born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie in Aberdeen, Scotland, near Lickleyhead Castle, where her family has lived for more than 500 years. Rose is the daughter of Candida Mary Sibyl (Weld) and Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, who is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie.

She is the middle of five children, and went to the local primary school in Rayne, before going to Millfield, a co-ed public school in England. It was at Millfield that Rose really cultivated her love for acting, as the school had an excellent drama department. After five years at Millfield, Rose went on to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to earn a bachelor’s degree with honors in 2008.

Rose Leslie Movie Career

Rose’s first acting job was in a television documentary series, called Locked Up Abroad 2007, in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in the made-for-TV film, Purves + Pekkala 2009, in which she received a Scottish BAFTA Award for Best Acting Performance – New Talent Award. In 2010, Rose appeared in the British TV Series, Downton Abbey 2010, as “Gwen Dawson”, for 7 episodes. Later that year, she appeared in the play, “Bedlam”, at the Globe Theatre in London. In 2011, Rose appeared in the British drama television series, Case Histories 2011, as “Laura Wyre”, for 2 episodes. In 2012, Rose played “Lena Holgate” in the episode, Vera: The Ghost Position 2012, in the British detective television series, Vera 2011. Later that same year, Rose would make her iconic appearance in the 2nd season of the HBO epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones 2011, opposite Kit Harington as the wildling “Ygritte”.

Rose Leslie Husband

So far nothing has been said or brought to public about Rose Leslie and her husband.

Rose Leslie Children

As of September 2017 the award-winning, beautiful and talented actress has no children.

Rose Leslie Movies And Tv Shows/Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
2012 Now Is Good Fiona Ol Parker
2014 Honeymoon Bea Leigh Janiak
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

Television

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
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 BBC One 2 animated episodes
2017–present The Good Fight Maia Rindell CBS All Access Main role

Theatre

Year Title Venue / Touring Theatre Director Ref
2005–2015 Mixed Up North Touring
Wilton’s Music Hall
Octagon Theatre
Max Stafford-Clark
Romeo and Juliet Love and Madness Company John Link
Can-Can LAMDA Anne Durham
Pericles Rodney Cottier
The Learned Ladies Jenny Lipman
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Touring
Out of Joint Theatre Company
MacOwan Theatre
John Baxter
Breaking Barriers in Burnley Out of Joint Theatre Company Robin Soans & Clark
Uncle Vanya LAMDA Colin Cook
Antigone Mark Bell
The Children’s Monologues Royal Court Theatre Danny Boyle
Bedlam Globe Theatre Nell Leyshon

Rose Leslie Game Of Thrones

In Game of Thrones Leslie is playing the role of Ygritte. She was confirmed in the role on 10 October 2011. She joined the cast as a guest star for the second season. Benioff and Weiss specifically considered Leslie due to her performance on Downton Abbey.

After being cast, Leslie dove into the books, and was on book four by the start of Season 3. She also took archery lessons, so it would look more realistic when Ygritte handles a bow. She later specified that after being cast she read as much as she could to research the role, and got up to book four by the time she began filming in Season 2, though she was too busy afterwards to finish reading the rest of book four as well as the recently released fifth novel. Either way, Ygritte dies at the end of the third novel, so she finished reading the ones relevant to her character. As a result Leslie knew how Ygritte would die even before she began filming.

As is common practice on medieval productions, Leslie didn’t actually fire arrows from her bow most of the time, but instead mimed pulling back and releasing her bowstring, and the arrows are added in digitally. This allowed her to “fire” arrows much faster than a real person actually could.

The major reason for doing this is the fear that an actor firing even a prop arrow might accidentally hit someone. Particularly, it would have been dangerous to actually fire an arrow in scenes where Ygritte is shooting someone at close range, not just across a field.

In the novels, there is a moving and melancholy song that the wildlings sing at one point titled The Last of the Giants. Leslie, however, was absolutely terrified at the prospect of having to sing in public, on-camera as Ygritte – similar to how Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) was also terrified at having to sing a handful of lines from a hymn in Season 2.

Apparently this is why the song was never worked into the TV show, despite being rather famous from the books, out of respect for the actress. Nonetheless, at one point the showrunners played a prank on Leslie by sending her a fake script which actually included a full scene of Ygritte singing The Last of the Giants – she was terrified until they explained it was only a joke.

Actors commonly film their scenes in any given season out of order, for instance if the producers want the new character’s introduction scene to work particularly well so the audience receives them well, they often film their introduction scene near the end of filming, after the actor has had more time to get comfortable in the role. This was not, however, the case with Rose Leslie.

Her first scene playing Ygritte also happened to be the first scene that Ygritte is introduced in, season 2’s “The Old Gods and the New”. Moreso, she ultimately filmed Ygritte’s final scene last where Ygritte’s death scene occurs in Season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall”.

As she explained at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 panel she felt it was very fortunate that it was also her last day filming, because her death scene in Jon Snow’s arms was so emotionally draining that it would have been difficult to subsequently come back and film scenes from earlier episodes in the season.

After Leslie finished filming her final scene, weapons master Tommy Dunne presented her with a case containing Ygritte’s bow for her to keep. Leslie entered into a long-term relationship with co-star Kit Harington, who played her character’s on-screen love interest Jon Snow. On September 26, 2017, it was announced that they are engaged.

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Kit Harington And Rose Leslie

Leslie and Harington met on set in 2012, and rumors of a romance soon swirled.

Though they reportedly split after a year, they later reconciled and continued to fuel romance speculation until they officially confirmed the relationship in April 2016, making their red carpet debut as a couple at the Olivier Awards in London.

They went on to confirm their engagement in September 2017 with an official announcement in the Times newspaper in England, which read, “MR. K.C. HARINGTON AND MISS R.E. LESLIE. The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughters of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.”

Harington described falling for Leslie on set in Iceland in a cover story for L’Uomo Vogue: “Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

Harington’s proposal didn’t come quite as easily. “I did have some plans to do it, I was going to string up some lights in some trees and do all the romantic stuff, but we were in the country and we were under this beautiful night sky and had a log fire burning and red wine and I blew my load early,” he said on The Jonathan Ross Show before laughing at the sexual insinuation. “Sorry, that’s a really bad expression!”

Kit Harington And Rose Leslie
Kit Harington And Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie Awards

She has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won several of them. In 2014, she got her first nomination in Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was nominated in this award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Rose has won the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award.

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