Jessica Brown Findlay is a British actress probably best known for playing the role of Lady Sybil Crawley on “Downton Abbey.” She has also appeared in “Winter’s Tale” and “Albatross,” among other projects. She is notably not active on social media.
Jessica Brown Findlay is an only child and as a young girl, her passion was ballet. She trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet. At 15, she was invited to dance at the Royal Opera House. She turned to acting, however, after an injury. She was told she would never dance again. “The disappointment was huge, but I was lucky: I had a great group of friends outside the world who encouraged me to discover who I was without the label ‘ballet dancer.’”
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She said about her parents: “I think they’ve always thought I was just a bit weird – I used to dress in old clothes and listen to old-fashioned music.”
Her first role was in 2009 with a small part on the series “The Misfits.” As for her role on “Downton Abbey,” she said, “Sybil is so good and so righteous and has such a great moral center. I don’t know if I’m so righteous.”
As for dying on screen, she said it was fun. “I wanted it to be honest. Watching it back on TV was a very strange experience, though. My mum was in bits.” She actually left the show at the end of contract. “It was the right time, the end of a contract, and I just went with my gut.” She said in a different interview, “I was much more afraid of becoming too comfortable in the role than I was of leaving it. I didn’t want to play Sybil for years and then discover it was the only thing I could do.”
As for her brief nude scene in “Albatross,” Jessica Brown Findlay said, “To be honest, ‘Albatross’ was naivety and not knowing I could say no. I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind,” (marieclaire.co.uk).
As for nude scenes in general, she said, “It’s awful that women get so criticized about their bodies. I think if you’re going to do a nude scene, be honest and natural. Otherwise, I’d be starving myself for ever, which I just couldn’t do.”
As for typecasting, Jessica Brown Findlay said, “When it comes to looks, it’s all so fleeting; external beauty is merely a passing style. As an actor, you want to show there is more fire in your belly than just the way you look.”
She said she actually doesn’t own a television, either. As for her life overall, she said, “It feels important to live a real life because if you don’t, then how on earth can you play it on screen with any honesty?”
Jessica Brown Findlay is single and currently resides in London, England.