Happy Birthday Jessica Brown Findlay
Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay known professionally as Jessica Brown Findlay, was born on September 14, 1989 and raised in Cookham, Berkshire. Her mother, Beverley, is a teacher’s assistant and former nurse, and her father, Christopher Brown-Findlay, is a financial adviser and former investment banker. She has a younger sister named Katy, who teaches handicapped children.
As Findlay got trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet, so at the age of 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season. Findlay attended Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead. At the end of her GCSEs, she was accepted to a number of ballet schools but chose to go to the Arts Educational School, because of the A-level courses it provided and its pastoral care. She attended for two years; in her second year, she had three operations on her ankles, the last of which went wrong. After this, she was told that she would never dance again. She said that she always had acting in the back of her mind, but was never really able to go out and try it. After encouragement from an art teacher, she finished her education at Arts Educational School, Tring Parkand then moved on to a Fine Art course at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.
Findlay was cast in the lead role of Emelia in the film Albatross after which she was subsequently cast in two episodes of Misfits and in Downton Abbey. She also appeared in the second episode of Black Mirror. In 2012, she was cast in Not another Happy Ending and in the miniseries Labyrinth, based on the novel of the same name. The same year she was again casted as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the novel winter’s Tale (2014) with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe.
Tim Burton considered Findlay for the lead in his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, but the role was then given to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. In March 2015, it was confirmed that she will star in the remake of The Crow, in which Findlay portrayed Shelly in a leading role and, in July 2015, Findlay played the role of emotionally conflicted stepmother Alice Aldridge in the two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.
In the year 2011 and, 2012, she got nominated under the category of Best Promising Newcomer for Albatross.