Jessica Brown Findlay

2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards - Arrivals

Brown Findlay in 2012, photo by

Birth Name: Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay

Place of Birth: Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 14 September, 1987

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh

Jessica Brown Findlay is a British actress. Her roles include television’s Downton Abbey, Labyrinth, Jamaica Inn, Harlots, Castlevania, Brave New World, Life After Life, and Flatshare, and the films Albatross, Winter’s Tale, Lullaby, The Riot Club, Victor Frankenstein (2015), This Beautiful Fantastic, England Is Mine, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Banishing, Munich – The Edge of War, and The Hanging Sun.

Jessica is married to actor Ziggy Heath, with whom she has two children.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was William Peter Brown-Findlay (the son of William Brown Findlay and Annie Cowan Murdoch). Jessica’s grandfather William was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Jessica’s great-grandfather William was the son of James or Alexander Findlay and Jessie Miller Brown. Jessica’s great-grandfather hyphenated his middle name, Brown, into his surname, Findlay, creating the surname Brown-Findlay. Jessica’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of Richard Oliver Murdoch and Annie Dow Cowan.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Isobel Mary Cumming (the daughter of George William Cumming and Margaret/Daisy Beatson). Isobel was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. George was born in Plymouth, England, the son of George Ross Cumming, who was from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and of Minnie Mary Flynn, whose parents were Irish. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Beatson and Isabella.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather is Keith D. Neale (the son of Edward Davies Neale and Margaret Isabel Wilson). Keith was born in Chertsey, Surrey, England. Edward was the son of Albert Edward Neale and Hannah Davies, who was from Glanmule, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Margaret was the daughter of Job Wilson and Margaret Grace Fitzgerald.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Betty A. Caswell (the daughter of John Thomas Caswell and Elizabeth Sophia Poulton). John was the son of George Caswell and Edith Rose Franklin. Elizabeth was the daughter of Ernest Poulton and Annie Amelia Fouracre/Foreacre.

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14 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Stuning, she is adorable in Downton Abbey.

  2. Holly12 says:

    Also Ethni could you do a profile for ‘Downton Abbey’ Actress Laura Carmichael, as you’ve done profiles for Jessica Brown-Findlay and Michelle Dockery who were both on the show to. Laura’s ancestry is English I believe and Laura’s Leeds-born great-grandfather on her father’s side was Captain Norman Blackburn, a World War One flying ace and aviation pioneer. There’s more information about her family at this link here >

    I also believe Laura may have Scottish ancestry, as the surname ‘Carmichael’ is a Scottish surname to. Thank-you.

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