Jessica Rose Brown Findlay

public profile

Is your surname Brown Findlay?

Research the Brown Findlay family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Related Projects

Jessica Rose Brown Findlay

Birthplace: Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private
Sister of Private

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

    • Private
    • Private
    • Private

About Jessica Rose Brown Findlay


Jessica Rose Brown Findlay (born 14 September 1989) is an English actress, best known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV series Downton Abbey and Emelia Conan Doyle in the British comedy-drama film Albatross. In 2014, she starred as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel Winter's Tale. The following year, she co-starred in Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein (2015).

Findlay lives in Cookham, Berkshire, where her mother is a teacher's assistant and her father is a financial adviser. Findlay trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet, and at age 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season.

Findlay attended Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead. At the end of her GCSEs, she was accepted to a number of ballet schools but chose to go to the Arts Educational School, because of the A-level courses it provided and its pastoral care. Findlay attended for two years; in her second year, she had three operations on her ankles, the last of which went wrong. After being told she could never dance again, Findlay decided to embark upon a career in acting, something she had always considered but had never tried. After encouragement from an art teacher, she finished her education at Arts Educational School, Tring Park and then moved on to a Fine Art course at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Findlay was cast in the lead role of Emelia in the film Albatross, directed by Niall MacCormick. She was subsequently cast in two episodes of the E4 programme Misfits. Her big break came when she was cast on Downton Abbey as the youngest of the Grantham daughters, Sybil Crawley. She held the role for three seasons before subsequently leaving in the hopes of advancing her career. She next appeared in the "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

In 2012, Findlay became the face of Dominic Jones' jewellery line, and she was cast in Not Another Happy Ending by John McKay, and in the miniseries Labyrinth, based on the novel of the same name written by Kate Mosse, portraying Alaïs Pelletier.[6] In 2012, Findlay was cast as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the novel Winter's Tale (2014) with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe.

Tim Burton considered Findlay for the lead in his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, but ultimately gave the role to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. In March 2015, it was confirmed that she would star in the remake of The Crow, in which Findlay portrayed Shelly.

In July 2015, Findlay played the role of the emotionally conflicted stepmother Alice Aldridge in The Outcast, the BBC’s two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ novel.

In May 2015 Findlay made her theatre debut at the Almeida Theatre, London, as Electra in a new adaptation of The Oresteia to rave reviews. The production later transferred to the Trafalgar Theatre in London's West End. The writer and director was Robert Icke, who cast Findlay in his production of Uncle Vanya at the same venue in February of the following year.

In September 2016 it was announced that she will play Ophelia in a new production of Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre in London.The production was critically acclaimed and later transferred to the West End, where it ran until September 2017 with award-winning "Sherlock" and "Fleabag" actor (Andrew Scott) as Hamlet.

In 2016, she joined the cast of a biopic feature film initially entitled Steven, about the early life and career of English singer Morrissey, who co-founded the indie rock band The Smiths. The film, renamed England is Mine, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2017, with Dunkirk actor Jack Lowden in the lead role.

Brown Findlay starred as Bella Brown in This Beautiful Fantastic, a 2016 British romantic drama film directed and written by Simon Aboud as a repressed foundling who forms a new life through her relationships with a curmudgeonly neighbour (Tom Wilkinson), a gifted cook (Andrew Scott) and an eccentric inventor (Jeremy Irvine).

In 2017, Brown Findlay portrayed Charlotte Wells, a brothel owner's daughter and famed courtesan, in Harlots, a period drama television series created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini. The series premiered on 27 March 2017 on ITV Encore in the UK and on 29 March 2017 on Hulu Plus in the US. The TV series focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in 18th century England and struggles to raise her daughters in a chaotic household. The series is inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold.[22][23] Also in 2017, she voiced the character of Fay in the animated film, Monster Family.

In 2018, she starred as Elizabeth McKenna in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

In May 2019, it was announced that Brown Findlay would star in the role of Lenina Crowne in the NBCUniversal series Brave New World, based on the classic 1932 novel by Aldous Huxley. The series was subsequently moved to Peacock network.

Personal life

Brown Findlay started dating actor Ziggy Heath in late 2016. They married on 12 September 2020.

Some other sources for her genealogy

view all

Jessica Rose Brown Findlay's Timeline

September 14, 1989
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom