|Real Name||: Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot Leslie|
|Born||: 9 February 1987 Aberdeen, Scotland|
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.
She was born in Aberdeen and raised at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, her family's 15th century ancestral seat. 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). Her parents own the 12th century Warthill Castle in Aberdeenshire. Her great-great grandfather was Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, who served as Mayor of Mexico City. She is also cousin-in-law to the British historian William Dalrymple.
Leslie is the third of five children. She was educated at Rayne North primary school in Aberdeenshire, and then Millfield School in Street, Somerset, before spending three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008.
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. In September and October 2010, she appeared at the Globe Theatre in Nell Leyshon's play Bedlam. She appeared as Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the first series of the 2010 ITV television drama Downton Abbey. 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. She has also starred in ITV drama The Great Fire. Leslie will star in the action adventure/fantasy film The Last Witch Hunter.