Who is Jessica Rose Brown?

British actress Jessica Rose Brown Findlay was born in Cookham, Berkshire, England, on 14 September 1989 under the zodiac sign of Virgo. She’s an actress with more than 30 credits to her name, perhaps best known for playing Lenina Crowne in the 2020 science fiction thriller series “Brave New World”, created by Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor, and in which she starred alongside Alden Ehrenreich and Harry Lloyd. It follows a group of people living in a utopia which has reached perfection, while they’ve now begun to question their society’s rules; the series won two of its three award nominations.

Education and early life

British financial adviser Christopher Brown and his British teaching assistant wife Beverley raised their daughter Jessica in Cookham as an only child; Jessica’s revealed that she was raised in an environment full of love, and that her grandparents lived right around the corner.

She grew up being interested in dancing, and began practicing ballet when she was eight; Jessica trained at both the Associates of the Royal Ballet and the National Youth Ballet, and was 15 when invited to perform at the Royal Opera House. She studied at Furze Platt Senior School and matriculated in 2007; Jessica then went on to study at the Arts Education School, but had to undergo three operations on her ankles during her third year there, one of which went wrong, and so marked the end of her dancing career.

She thus transferred to Arts Educational School, and then one more time to Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.

Roles in movies

Jessica’s debut film appearance was in the 2009 music video “Razorlight: Hostage of Love”, and she was then cast to play Girl in Bed in the 2009 short drama “Man on a Motorcycle”, and Emelia in the 2011 drama “Albatross”.

The year 2014 saw her play Beverly Penn in the fantasy mystery drama “Winter’s Tale”, written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, and in which she starred alongside Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe. It follows a burglar who’s fallen in love with an heiress with the ability to reincarnate; the film was nominated for two awards.

Jessica could then have been seen playing supporting characters in several hit movies, including in 2014 the drama “Lullaby” and the thriller drama “The Riot Club”, then in 2015 the science fiction horror “Victor Frankenstein”.

In 2018, she portrayed the lead character Elizabeth McKenna in the romantic war drama “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, directed by Mike Newell, and which also starred Tom Courtenay and Michiel Huisman. It follows an author who’s become emotionally attached to the people living on Guernsey Island, and has begun writing a book about them.

Jessica’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2021 animated family comedy “Monster Family 2” (voice role), the musical family fantasy “Iris Warriors” and the mystery crime drama “The Hanging Sun” both in 2022.

Roles in TV series

Jessica’s debut TV series role was her portrayal of Abi in the 2011 episode “Fifteen Million Merits” of the mystery science fiction drama “Black Mirror”, while she was then invited to appear in two episodes of both the fantasy comedy “Misfits”, and the adventure fantasy mini-series “Labyrinth”.

Between 2010 and 2012, she played Lady Sybil Crawley in the romantic drama “Downton Abbey”, which Julian Fellowes created, and which starred Elizabeth McGovern, Phyllis Logan and Hugh Bonneville. It follows the members of the British Crawley family who lived in the early 20th century, the series aired from 2010 to 2015 and won 73 of its 302 award nominations.

Jessica could then have been seen starring in the 2014 historical mini-series “Jamaica Inn”, and the 2015 drama mini-series “The Outcast”.

From 2017 to 2019, she played Charlotte Wells in the drama “Harlots”, created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini, and which starred Lesley Manville, Kate Fleetwood and Holli Dempsey; it follows Margaret Wells as she’s trying to raise her daughter in 18th century London.

Jessica’s two most recent TV series roles have been in 20 episodes of the 2021 animated action adventure “Castlevania” (voice role), and three episodes of the 2022 drama “Life After Life. She’s currently shooting for the upcoming fantasy “Whatever After”, and the romantic comedy “Flatshare”.

Other credits

Jessica sang the song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” in the 2011 episode “Fifteen Million Merits” of the series “Black Mirror”.

She was featured in the 2011 documentary movie “Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama”, as well as in the 2016 short documentary video “The Making of Victor Frankenstein”.

Jessica’s made a guest appearance in an episode of the talk-shows “There’s Something About Movies”, “Sunday Brunch” and “The Russell Howard Hour”, amongst many others.

Awards and nominations

Jessica and her colleagues won a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for their performance in “Downton Abbey”, and for the same award in the following year.

Jessica was also nominated for a 2011 British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and a 2012 Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, both for her performance in “Albatross”.

Love life and husband

Even though Jessica’s amongst the most secretive of actresses when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with her fans, it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman.

She wed British actor and writer Ziggy Heath on 12 September 2020, in a small and private ceremony attended by around 100 of their closest friends and family members; the two met on a movie set in the second half of 2016. Ziggy’s appeared in close to 20 movies and TV series, and is perhaps best known for his playing of Andrew in the 2021 drama series “I Am…”

There’s only a single man whom Jessica dated prior to meeting Ziggy, that the public knows about: between 2010 and 2012, she was in a relationship with fellow actor Thomas Campbell.

Jessica’s married to Ziggy Heath as of September 2022, and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Jessica was in love with Tartar dancer Rudolf Nureyev while growing up, and her heart was broken when her mother told her that Rudolf was gay, as well as dead. (She’s revealed that she’s a ‘hopeless romantic’.)

Jessica’s followed by nearly 40,000 people on Instagram, and has posted close to 80 pictures and videos onto her account.

She’s an artist, and is passionate about both photography and painting.

Jessica enjoys knitting, but admits that she’s bad at it.

She loves being at the beach, which is perhaps why summer’s her favorite season.

Jessica’s favorite actresses are Frances McDormand and Helen Mirren, and some of her favorite movies are “Nomadland”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Burn After Reading”.

Height, eyes and net worth

Jessica’s age is 33. Her hair and eyes are brown, her height’s 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and her weight’s about 125lbs (56kgs).

Jessica’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of September 2022.

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