Rose Leslie is a British actress who made her television debut in 2009 in New Town, a movie from BBC Scotland based on the New Town area of Edinburgh. Leslie won the Scottish BAFTA Award for "Best Acting – New Talent" for her role, and went on to secure her first major television role as Gwen Dawson in the Emmy Award-winning period drama Downton Abbey. In the same year, Leslie appeared in the Globe Theatre's production of Nell Leyshon's Bedlam. The Telegraph described Leslie's performance as "genuinely poignant as the beautiful country girl driven mad by lost love."
Leslie is perhaps best known for her role as Ygritte in the worldwide phenomenon series Game of Thrones—a role she secured in 2012, and played for two seasons alongside Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
Leslie starred in the second series of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Channel 4 series, Utopia, alongside Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Adeel Akhtar, and Neil Maskell. In the same year, she appeared in The Great Fire alongside Jack Huston, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Charles Dance. Leslie's other television credits include Vera and Case Histories. At the end of 2015, Leslie starred in a two-part special of the hugely popular Emmy Award-winning BBC crime drama, Luther, with Idris Elba and Laura Haddock, as DS Emma Jones.
Leslie's film credits include The Last Witch Hunter, Now Is Good, and Honeymoon. Most recently, Leslie starred as Athena in Sticky Notes, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016.
Born in Scotland, Leslie graduated from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art in 2008.