The words ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’ have become a global sensation, giving birth to memes and different iterations for a wide range of occasions. The iconic phrase is thanks to none other than the enchanting Rose Leslie. Not only does the Scottish actress have the critically acclaimed Games of Thrones as part of her filmography, but she was also part of the main cast in the highly revered series Downtown Abbey. The actress is a gem, and her role as Ygritte on Game of Thrones is one that fans everywhere always remember and applaud her for. Interested to know more about Rose Leslie? Then keep reading.
Rose Leslie: Bio & Age
Rose Leslie was born on the 9th of February, 1987 in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is the third child in a family of five children. A good look at her ancestry shows a family of clansmen, high positions, and sovereign titles. Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie, is her father. It is in Lickleyhead Castle —her family’s 15th-century ancestral seat— that she grew up in until she turned 10 years old.
Candida Mary Sibyl Leslie (née Weld) of Clan Fraser is her mother. Through her mother, Rose is a descendant of both the 13th Lord Lovat Simon Fraser and King Charles II. Also, the sixth Prime Minister of New Zealand, Frederick Weld, is her great-great-grandfather. Going further would reveal that she’s a descendant of Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle—the founder of Mount St Bernard Abbey, and MP James Grimston—the 3rd Earl of Verulam.
Rose Leslie went to school at Rayne North Primary School in Aberdeenshire and after, moved on to the co-educational school Millfield in Somerset. Once done, she spent three years in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; top stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch are just two of the school’s alumni. In 2008, she received a British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat certificate in stage combat, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
Rose Leslie’s career started just as soon as she was done with her education. She worked for BBC Radio, lending her voice as a narrator for the station. In 2009, she got a nice break when she was cast in the role of Rhian in the BBC television film New Town. Her performance won her the Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance – New Talent Award. Her next breakthrough was her lead role in the play Bedlam, a role that had her play a character called May who becomes mad because of lost love.
Her breakthrough role, however, was when she played Gwen Dawson, a housemaid, in the critically acclaimed ITV series Downtown Abbey. Her stint on the show was from 2010 – 2011 and was met with a lot of praise from fans and critics. In 2012, Rose Leslie rose to greater heights of television prominence when she was cast in the second, third and fourth seasons of the globally revered HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. In the series—an adaptation of the novel A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin, Rose Leslie played the part of the wildling, Ygritte. A fan favourite in the books, Rose’s portrayal in the series was met with wide applause, and many enjoyed the ensuing romance that blossomed between her and Jon Snow.
Rose Leslie became a sought after actress thanks to this, appearing the movies Now is Good (2012), Honeymoon (2014), and The Last Witch Hunter (2015) alongside Elijah Wood and Vin Diesel. She didn’t give up on the small screen though, and she continued to receive roles for series. She was in the mini-series The Great Fire (2014), the detective drama Luther alongside Idris Elba, and currently portrays Maia Rindell in the CBS spin-off series The Good Fight.
Married to Kit Harington
While on Game of Thrones, Rose Leslie’s character had a relationship with Jon Snow, played by co-star Kit Harington. That relationship eventually translated into real life, and in 2012 the two of them started dating. In September 2016, they announced their engagement. Finally, on the 23rd of June, 2018 they tied the knot at the Rayne Church, with the reception at the Leslie family owned Wardhill Castle.
Rose Leslie: Salary and Net Worth
With her extensive filmography, you would imagine that Rose Leslie would have a comfortable net worth, and you would be right. The actress has an estimated net worth of $4 million. However, with her growing career, that amount is expected to go up in the near future.
Height and Body Measurements
Rose Leslie stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) and has a weight of 53 kg (117 lbs.). She is a natural redhead, with blue eyes. She has a bust size of 34 inches, a waist span of 24 inches, and hip size of 35 inches.