In Spotlight: Jessica Brown Findlay’s best TV shows and films - from Downton Abbey and Brave New World to The Riot Club and Harlots

Jessica Brown Findlay currently stars alongside Harry Lloyd and Demi Moore in Sky One’s Brave New World, but which other films and TV shows might you recognise the English actress from?

By Sophia Moir Published: 14 October 2020 - 4.30pm

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She’s currently starring in the critically-acclaimed Sky One series Brave New World on NOW TV, which we’ve called a “dark, dazzling delight”.

But former ballet dancer Jessica Brown Findlay, 31, is perhaps better known for some of her bigger roles, especially in period dramas such as Downton Abbey and Harlots.

Here, we round up some of the English actress' top TV shows and movies - and where you might recognise her from...

Plus, don’t miss the best of what’s coming to NOW TV this month, and the TV shows we can’t wait to launch on NOW TV later this year.

Brave New World - Lenina Crowne

Brown Findlay stars in the role of Lenina Crowne in the TV series Brave New World, based on the classic 1932 novel by Aldous Huxley.

Lenina is introduced as a normal and happy citizen of the World State, but she begins to question her position within the strict social strata of the New World.

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Brave New World Box Set is available to watch now on Sky One with NOW TV.

Harlots - Charlotte Wells

Brown Findlay portrayed Charlotte Wells in all three seasons of period drama series Harlots between 2017–2019.

Harlots focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in 18th century England, with the character of Charlotte being Margaret's eldest daughter who is coveted by society's elite. 

Harlots seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Season 3 is available to buy on STARZPLAY via Amazon Prime Video.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Elizabeth McKenna

In 2018, Brown Findlay played the role of Elizabeth McKenna in the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - the adaptation of the 2008 historical fictional novel of the same name.

Elizabeth is the founding member of the hastily named "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" book club on the island of Guernsey. Her character was arrested during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

The Riot Club - Rachel

Brown Findlay appeared in the 2014 film The Riot Club. The film is set among a fictional all-male, exclusive dining club at the University of Oxford (although it's thought to be a thinly veiled version of the real-life Bullingdon Club).

Brown Findlay plays the character of Rachel - the daughter of a pub owner where the raucous boys’ club have their annual dinner.

The Riot Club is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Winter's Tale - Beverly Penn

In 2014, Brown Findlay starred as Beverly Penn in the romantic fantasy film Winter’s Tale, alongside Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe.

An adaptation of the novel of the same name, her character is a young woman dying of Tuberculosis who meets Peter Lake (Farrell) when he breaks into her house.

Winter’s Tale is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Downton Abbey - Lady Sybil

Brown Findlay’s breakthrough role was that of Lady Sybil Crawley - later Lady Sybil Branson - in period drama Downton Abbey, which she played between 2010 and 2012.

Lady Sybil is the youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Grantham (played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern), who has a modern, feminist attitude to life. 

Downton Abbey seasons 1-6 are available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

They are also available on BritBox.

Black Mirror - Abi Khan

In 2011, Brown Findlay starred in the Black Mirror episode Fifteen Million Merits, which was a satire on TV entertainment shows and viewers' insatiable thirst for distraction.

She played Abi Khan, who's convinced to participate in a talent show so she can become famous. The episode was nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award.

Black Mirror seasons 1-5 are available to watch now on Netflix.