JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY plays ALAïS
Jessica began her career as a dancer, training with the National Youth Ballet and was asked at the age of 15 to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House in London for a summer season. It was after this, during her time of study on a Fine Art course at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, that Jessica began acting classes, in which she showed great promise and a natural talent.
Jessica has two exciting projects in the pipeline; both of which are due for television release in early 2012. Jessica has already finished filming the satirical drama directed by Euros Lynn, Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits. Written and produced by Charlie Brooker for Channel 4, Jessica stars as the tragic Abi alongside Rupert Everett and Daniel Kaluuya. Jessica has begun filming in the south of France for her highly anticipated new project Labyrinth, a medieval TV mini-series based on the international bestseller by Kate Mosse. From producers Ridley and Tony Scott and Tandem Communications, Jessica stars alongside John Hurt as Alais Pelletier du Mas.
Jessica can currently be seen starring in the second series of the phenomenally popular ITV period drama, Downton Abbey from Oscar winning script writer Julian Fellowes, in which she stars alongside a superb ensemble cast including Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Jessica plays the convention-defying, politically engaged youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley. Among her television credits, Jessica was also cast as Rachel in an episode of the successful E4 series Misfits opposite Robert Sheehan.
Jessica made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross which was released on October 14th 2011, directed by up and coming British director Niall MacCormick. In this, Jessica takes the lead role as Emilia, a headstrong teenager with writing ambitions, starring opposite Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond and Felicity Jones. Since its’ premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Albatross has received outstanding reviews across the board, with Jessica singled out for her stunning performance.