The HBO casting team has found Game of Thrones Ygritte. British actress Rose Leslie is the lucky lady to join the cast of the Emmy-award winning series. (No spoilers under the cut)
Leslie is best known for her role of Gwen in the PBS series Downtown Abbey but besides that, doesn’t have too many roles to her credit. The actress seems to fit perfectly into the role of Ygritte though, a wilding woman that Jon Snow meets in the second book of the George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones series, Clash of Kings. Ygritte is described as “strong-willed, witty, skilled in battle and survival in the wilderness. An unconventional beauty, skinny but strong with red hair (which the Wildlings consider ‘kissed by fire’),” according to Entertainment Weekly who had the scoop.
Leslie joins the cast of the highly anticipated second season of the HBO series along with a slew of other new additions to the cast. I won’t spoil anything for fans who haven’t read the series but those who have should be happy with this. No word on if Leslie will rejoin the cast of Downtown Abbey in January but needless to say, she might be a bit preoccupied for a while.
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