Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (born 9 February 1987), known professionally as Rose Leslie, is a Scottish actress.
After winning a Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance for her role in New Town, she rose to fame as Gwen Dawson in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey and as Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. She stars as Maia Rindell in the CBS All Access legal and political drama The Good Fight.
In 2012, she was cast in the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. For her role as wildling Ygritte in seasons two, three and four, Leslie was met with major acclaim. The A.V. Club’s Rowan Kaiser stated: “As Ygritte, is both dangerous and flirtatious, and it’s fun to watch.” Den of Geek’s David Crow exclaimed, “A complicated character Rose Leslie devours the screen.” In 2013, Vox.com’s Todd VanDerWerff (under The A.V. Club) review for “The Climb” episode, “(In the books) Ygritte is a means to an end… (but) on screen, as embodied by Rose Leslie, she becomes something more,” whilst The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr summed up her portrayal in 2014’s episode “The Watchers of the Wall” by concluding: “Rose Leslie has been one of a handful of performers on the show who’ve really elevated their characters above what they were in the books.”
While on Game of Thrones, Leslie appeared in the 2012 drama film Now Is Good alongside Dakota Fanning and in episodes of ITV detective television series Vera, Channel 4 conspiracy drama Utopia and BBC One’s comedy series Blandings. From October to November 2014, she top-billed in the four-part mini-series The Great Fire. She then starred in the horror film Honeymoon with Harry Treadaway. She has since played DS Emma Lane in the BBC detective drama Luther with Idris Elba with positive response and starred alongside Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood in the 2015 action adventure/fantasy film The Last Witch Hunter. In 2016, she portrayed the character of Athena in Sticky Notes with Ray Liotta. In 2016, Leslie was cast in The Good Fight, a CBS All Access legal drama and spin off of The Good Wife. She plays Maia Rindell, a new lawyer who just passed the bar and whose family is involved in a financial scam, destroying her reputation. The first episode aired in February 2017. In 2017 Leslie provided the voice for the female protagonist “En” in the video game Echo, a game by Copenhagen-based game developer Ultra Ultra.