When injury forced Jessica Brown Findlay to give up her promising ballet career she was bereft. For solace, she turned to acting. Now she’s starring in Downton Abbey and trying to decide what to wear for the premiere of her first film.

Lady Sybil’s not the main character in Downton Abbey — but is the actress who plays her, Jessica Brown Findlay on her way to becoming Downton‘s breakout star? As well as the lead role in new Britflick Albatross, Brown Findlay has been cast in Black Mirror, the Channel 4 miniseries created by Charlie Brooker. She’ll appear with Julia Davis, Rupert Everett and Daniel Kaluuya in Brooker’s story about a future world where a TV talent show is the only way out of enforced drudgery.

Black Mirror comes to C4 this autumn.

  • Scans: The Herald Magazine (UK) – September 24, 2011, big thanks to Lorna