Name: Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay
Birthday: 14 September 1989
Birthplace: Berkshire, England
Trained with the National Youth Ballet Associates of the Royal Ballet.
Danced with the Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House at age fifteen.
Decided to try acting after an ankle surgery went wrong and she could no longer pursue ballet.
Discovered acting at London’s Central Saint Martins College.
“I was learning every day. Being able to explore emotions so intimately but with a group of collaborators proved how much I want to [act].” – Screen International, 2010
Since nursery school, Jessica Brown-Findlay aspired to be a famous ballerina. After training for years, she was asked at age 15 to dance with the Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London for a summer season. Her dreams were shattered when a botched ankle operation ended her dancing career. Changing tracks, she got into a few acting classes and was spotted almost immediately by a casting agent.
The Downton Abbey character Lady Sybil Crawley is Jessica Brown-Findlay’s second foray into television. Lady Sybil, Brown-Findlay explains is very forward thinking. “She’s at that age where she’s learning who she is and consequently she’s discovering this at a time when women were becoming more vocal and less subservient.”