Rose Leslie, who was last seen leaving Downton Abbey as the housemaid-turned-secretary Gwen, will be trading the British period drama for HBO's Game of Thrones, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Leslie will play Ygritte, a wildling woman who travels with Mance Rayder and crosses paths with Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Physically, the Scottish actress is the perfect fit for Ygritte, whose red hair is seen as lucky among the wildings, who describe such redheads as "kissed by fire."
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Leslie, 24, is the latest to join the large and impressive guest cast for Season 2 of HBO's fantasy drama. The newcomers include Lucian Msamati, Robert Pugh, Hannah Murray, Roy Dotrice, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Gwendoline Christie, and The Tudors' Natalie Dormer.
Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.
Are you glad to see Leslie again? GoT fans, do you like her as Ygritte?