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"I personally love her so much because she's a lot of fun. She's feisty and she doesn't take crap from anybody... And the fact that she's a strong woman. There are so many powerful female characters in the series."
Rose Leslie on playing Ygritte[1]

Rose Leslie (born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie on 9 February 1987 in Aberdeen) is a Scottish actress. She spent three years studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating with a BA Honours degree. She is best known for playing the role of Gwen in the first season of the highly successful drama series Downton Abbey, a role which allegedly contributed to her casting on Game of Thrones. Leslie is descended from Scottish nobility, and grew up in her family's ancestral castle- ironically, her Game of Thrones character has never even seen a castle.

In Game of Thrones Leslie is playing the role of Ygritte. She was confirmed in the role on 10 October 2011.[2] She joined the cast as a guest star for the second season.

After being cast, Leslie dove into the books, and was on book 4 by the start of Season 3. She also took archery lessons, so it would look more realistic when Ygritte handles a bow.[3]


Guest starring

Season two credits
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis


Season three credits
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa

See also


  1. The SFX Book of Game of Thrones
  2. Entertainment Weekly
  3., March 14th, 2013.

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