Many people know Rose Leslie as an award-winning actress but only a few people realize that Rose is actually of Scottish nobility. Though the young actress was born into a noble family, she did not let that stop her from actualizing her dreams. Rose came into the limelight after winning a Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance for her role in New Town but she is best known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.
Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie was born on the 9th of February, 1987 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Born into a noble family, she was raised at Lickleyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire. Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, Rose’s father, is the leader of Clan Leslie – a Scottish Kinship group, while her mother – Candida Mary Sibyl belongs to Clan Fraser.
Rose attended Rayne North school in Aberdeenshire before moving on to Millfield, a private school in Somerset. She went further to spend three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
At the start of her career, the Scottish actress worked for BBC Radio. She made her onscreen debut in the film New Town in 2009 and also landed the lead in the play Bedlam at Globe Theatre. Her breakthrough role came when she played the role of a housemaid in ITV‘s drama, Downton Abbey.
In 2012, she was cast in the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones where she played the role of Ygritte for which she got excellent reviews. In 2014, she starred in the horror film Honeymoon alongside Harry Treadway. The following year, she appeared in the adventure film, The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood.
The actress, who is of Scottish, English and Mexican descent, has other personal interests which include rock climbing, cooking, skiing, archery, running and tennis.
Who is her Husband – Kit Harington?
Christopher Catesby ‘Kit’ Harington is an actor and television producer. Born on December 26, 1986, to Deborah Jane Catesby and Sir David Harington, Kit also belongs to a line of ancestral and political roots embedded in Scotland. His mother named him after Christopher Marlowe, an English playwright and poet. He never even knew his full name until he was 11.
From 1992 to 1998, Harington attended Southfield Primary school. When his family moved to Worcestershire, he went to study at Chantry High School and also attended Worcester Sixth Form College where he studied Drama and Theatre Arts.
Kit originally wanted to become a journalist but became interested in acting after watching the play, Waiting for Godot. This boosted his morale to audition and perform in school productions. At 18, he moved to London and attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2008.
He got his breakthrough role when he auditioned for the television series, Game of Thrones where he played the role of Jon Snow. Harington received praise and positive reviews for his performance as well as award nominations. In 2017, the actor became one of the highest paid actors in television, earning £2 million per episode of Game of Thrones. In 2018, he was cast for the upcoming play True West which premiered in 2018 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. The English actor also earns endorsements from Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana. He is also actively involved in charity with his latest endeavor being a charity campaign aimed at raising funds to save Townbridge’s Town Hall Arts in Wiltshire.
Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie got married after nine months of engagement.
Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington’s Relationship Timeline
In 2012, the pair met on the set of the fantasy series, Game of Thrones; shortly after, there were rumors that the two were dating. In March 2013, they were seen together at the new season premiere of the series but a few months later, the pair split up according to E! News.
By July 2014, both actors were spotted together at Comic-Con and a month later, there was a photo of the Game of Thrones pair holding hands at Heathrow Airport in London. Shortly after, it was confirmed that they were back together. In April 2016, Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington attended the Olivier Awards and were seemingly all loved up. The next month, Kit stated that he was in love with Rose in an interview with L’Uomo Vogue.
By July 2017, Rose and Kit attended the Game of Thrones season seven premiere in Los Angeles. Two months after, the pair got engaged and posted the announcement in The Times, London.
On June 23rd, 2018, the lovebirds tied the knot in a glamorous ceremony at Rose’s family estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The wedding was well attended by family and friends as well as the cast of Game of Thrones.