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Rose Leslie may play wildling Ygritte in HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the Scottish actress actually grew up in a castle — Lickleyhead Castle, which has been in her family’s estate for over 500 years.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland to Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie, and Candida ("Candy") Leslie, Rose attended Millfield, a co-ed public school in England. While at Millfield Rose cultivated her love for acting.
After graduating from Millfield, Rose studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She earned a bachelor's degree with honors in 2008.
Her TV film debut — 2009’s New Town — earned her a Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance – New Talent Award. She then appeared in the role of Gwen, a housemaid with dreams of leaving the Abbey, in Season 1 of the ITV hit, Downton Abbey.
She made her Game of Thrones debut as Ygritte in Season 2, Episode 6: “The Old Gods and the New.”
1. Her parents also own the 12th century Warthill Castle in Rayne, Aberdeenshire.
2. Born February 9, 1987.
3. Leslie is the third of five children.
4. Her great-great grandfather was Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, Mayor of Mexico City.
5. Rumored to be dating her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington (Jon Snow).