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Rose Leslie (born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie; 9 February 1987) is a Scottish actress. She's perhaps best known for her portrayals of Gwen Dawson in the first series of Downton Abbey, Ygritte in Game of Thrones, and Maia Rindell in The Good Fight. She is of Scottish nobility and one of the many descendants of Charles II. (Another is her Thrones love interest Kit Harington, who she married in June 2018; they have a son born in February 2021.)


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Tropes relating to her performances:

  • I Am Very British: Inverted. Her breakout roles gave her strong regional British accents (e.g. Gwen's clear Yorkshire and Ygritte's accent, which is somewhere in the Scottish Borders/far North of England area). However, her actual speaking accent is RP (see, e.g., this interview with Seth Meyers), even though she was born and raised in Aberdeenshire. This is less surprising when you realise that most of the traditional Scottish nobility (of which she is emphatically a member) speak RP as a class marker (they pick it up from their family and from school).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In both her breakout roles, as Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey and Ygritte in Game of Thrones she plays characters at the very bottom of the socioeconomic ladder (or in Ygritte's case outside the ladder entirely) despite the fact that in real life she is as blue-blooded an aristocrat as they come.


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