Jessica Brown Findlay
|Jessica Brown Findlay|
|Born||Jessica Rose Brown Findlay
(1989-09-13) 13 September 1989
Cookham, Berkshire, England
Jessica Rose Brown Findlay (born 13 September 1989) is an English actress, best known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV series Downton Abbey and Emelia Conan Doyle in the British comedy-drama film Albatross. In 2014, she starred as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel Winter’s Tale. The following year, 2015, she co-starred in Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein as Lorelei, the Esmerelda-like acrobat. In 2016, she joined the cast of the new feature film, ‘Steven’, a biopic about the early life and career of English singer Morrissey, who co-founded the indie rock band The Smiths.
In 2017, Brown Findlay portrays Charlotte Wells. a madam’s daughter and prostitute, in Harlots, a period drama television series screening on ITV Encore in the U.K. and on Hulu Plus in the U.S. The TV series focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in 18th century England and struggles to raise her daughters in a chaotic household.
Brown Findlay lives in Cookham, Berkshire, where her mother is a teacher’s assistant and her father is a financial adviser. Brown Findlay trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet, and at age 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season.
Brown Findlay attended Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead. At the end of her GCSEs, she was accepted to a number of ballet schools but chose to go to the Arts Educational School, because of the A-level courses it provided and its pastoral care. Brown Findlay attended for two years; in her second year, she had three operations on her ankles, the last of which went wrong. After being told she could never dance again, Brown Findlay decided to embark upon a career in acting, something she had always considered but had never tried. After encouragement from an art teacher, she finished her education at Arts Educational School, Tring Park and then moved on to a Fine Art course at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Brown Findlay was cast in the lead role of Emelia in the film Albatross, directed by Niall MacCormick. She was subsequently cast in two episodes of the E4 programme Misfits. Her big break came when she was cast on Downton Abbey as the youngest of the Grantham daughters, Sybil Crawley. She held the role for three seasons before subsequently leaving in the hopes of advancing her career. She next appeared in the “Fifteen Million Merits“, an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.
In 2012, Brown Findlay became the face of Dominic Jones’ jewellery line, and she was cast in Not Another Happy Ending by John McKay, and in the miniseries Labyrinth, based on the novel of the same name written by Kate Mosse, portraying Alaïs Pelletier. In 2012, Brown Findlay was cast as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the novel Winter’s Tale (2014) with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe.
Tim Burton considered Brown Findlay for the lead in his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, but ultimately gave the role to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. In March 2015, it was confirmed that she would star in the remake of The Crow, in which Brown Findlay portrayed Shelly.
In May 2015, Brown Findlay made her theatre debut at the Almeida Theatre, London, as Electra in a new adaptation of The Oresteia to rave reviews. The production later transferred to the Trafalgar Theatre in London’s West End. The writer and director was Robert Icke, who cast Brown Findlay in his production of Uncle Vanya at the same venue in February of the following year.
In 2017, Brown Findlay portrays Charlotte Wells. a madam’s daughter and prostitute, in Harlots, a period drama television series created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini. The series premiered on 27 March 2017 on ITV Encore in the U.K. and on 29 March 2017 on Hulu Plus in the U.S. The TV series focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in 18th century England and struggles to raise her daughters in a chaotic household. The series is inspired by “The Covent Garden Ladies” by Hallie Rubenhold.
|2009||Man on a Motorcycle||Girl in Bed||Short film|
|2011||Albatross||Emelia Conan Doyle|
|2014||Winter’s Tale||Beverly Penn|
|2014||The Riot Club||Rachel|
|2016||This Beautiful Fantastic||Bella Brown|
|2017||Iris Warriors||Miss Shaw||Post-production|
|TBA||Guernsey||Elizabeth McKenna||Principal photography|
|2009, 2011||Misfits||Rachel||2 episodes|
|2010–2012||Downton Abbey||Lady Sybil Branson||20 episodes|
|2011||Black Mirror||Abi Khan||Episode: “Fifteen Million Merits“|
|2012||Labyrinth||Alaïs Pelletier du Mas||Miniseries (2 episodes)|
|2014||Jamaica Inn||Mary Yellan||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|2015||The Outcast||Alice Aldridge||2 episodes|
|2017||Harlots||Charlotte Wells||TV series|
Awards and nominations
|2011||British Independent Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Albatross||Nominated|
|2012||Evening Standard British Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Albatross||Nominated|