Rose Interviewed for “Stylist Magazine” (Issue 523, 23 September 2020)
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Rose Interviewed for “Stylist Magazine” (Issue 523, 23 September 2020)

Rose has started promoting her upcoming movie “Death on the Nile”, set to be released next month, with a new interview (finally !) for Stylist Magazine. No new pictures were featured in this issue, but stay tuned for more interviews and photoshoots in the coming weeks ! 🙂

Like most of us, lockdown forced Rose Leslie into a period of reflection. Ahead of her new Agatha Christie adaptation, the actor shares what she learned with Stylist.

If I come across a lake or stream I’m always drawn to jumping in and immersing myself in the cold water; it’s a thrill.” Rose Leslie is telling Stylist about her love of cold water swimming, which she braves, without a wetsuit, year-round.

It’s one of the reasons she’s excited about returning to Glasgow next week to resume filming new BBC drama Vigil (which was paused for – well, you know why: the c-word), a police thriller by the creators of Bodyguard, likely to air in 2021. Leslie stars alongside Suranne Jones, as they investigate the disappearance of a fishing trawler and a death on a nuclear submarine. It’s not only the water that draws her back north of the border, it also feels like home. Leslie was raised in a castle in Aberdeenshire, although she now lives in London with her husband Kit Harington, also an actor, and the whippet puppy they have been raising during lockdown.

The last few months have been a time to reflect on her fast-paced life and a career that has been as varied and chameleon-like as any young actor might hope for, taking in huge American dramas Game Of Thrones (she met Harington on set) and The Good Fight and hit British shows including Downton Abbey and Luther. Next month we’ll see her in Death On The Nile, an all-star cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. In conversation, Leslie is as refreshing as that cold water she likes to throw herself into. She’s smart, funny and open, and our chat runs from anxiety and social media insecurity to the joy of Daisy Cooper in This Country.

I FIND SOMETHING REASSURING ABOUT AN AGATHA CHRISTIE NOVEL OR ADAPTATION. WHAT WAS THE APPEAL FOR YOU OF MAKING DEATH ON THE NILE?

“The appeal was not only to work with Sir Kenneth Branagh, but who doesn’t love an Agatha Christie? Detective stories are right up my street. I’ve always found it quite cathartic that justice is served at the end. It’s also the decadence of Agatha Christie and her world, the costumes are so fabulous and the world is so polished. It’s a warm hug.”

ARE YOU ADEPT AT FIGURING OUT WHO DID DO IT?

“No. I can work it out several pages before [the reveal] but that’s it. I remember reading Big Little Lies and a good friend worked out that it was the horrendous abusive husband. That had not landed with me. Despite revelling in those books, I’m not good at sussing them out.”

IS THAT BECAUSE YOU’RE GOOD AT BEING IN THE MOMENT RATHER THAN LOOKING AHEAD? OR MAYBE IT’S JUST NOT HOW YOUR BRAIN WORKS?

“I’d definitely take the first comment because it makes me sound far more intelligent. There is that idea of being immersed in a tale. The onus is taken off the reader to figure out who the murderer is, you’re just along for the ride and that’s a pure joy.”

HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED FOR YOU OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS?

“Firstly, I feel incredibly grateful. My husband and I were fortunate to spend lockdown in the countryside. Having birdsong and greenery and hedgerows was such a blessing. We raised a puppy in lockdown. We were trying to eke out conversation over the dinner table, talking about nothing but what we should eat the next day. It has been an extraordinary time for all of us; it certainly slowed us down. I have become aware of why I love London so much: it has to do with the abundance of distractions that we have readily available. If you don’t have bars and restaurants or theatres or museums, if there isn’t that distraction, then you have to confront your thoughts. Which is something that we humans are very good at burying. It’s been a real eye-opener. It’s not been productive in a way that I’ve actually done anything, but it’s been mindful.”

WHY WAS BEING IN NATURE SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU?

“It brings me peace. It feels like a sinking stone from the throat being dropped in a delicate way to the pit of my stomach. There is a grounding. I feel reassured by green spaces and I feel calmer because of that. It sends me into a peaceful mindset that I wish I could hold on to once I leave the park. It gives me 20 minutes of reassurance that we’re plodding along and some worries don’t feel as big when you’re confronted by a massive oak that’s been there for 400 years.”

SOMETHING I’VE FOUND SURPRISING IS THE EXHAUSTION OF THE LAST FEW MONTHS. CAN YOU RELATE?

“Kit and I, we were in the countryside and [initially] revelled in the idea that ‘this is going to last for three weeks, let’s lap it up’. But my inability to slow down reminded me of what happens if I’m lucky enough to go on a holiday; it takes me 10 days to come out of my fast pace of life, and then I begin to relax, by which point I’m on the way back home. With lockdown I had to confront just how wired I had become and that possibly wasn’t serving me in the right way. If it weren’t for the six months of being forced to slow down, I know I would have carried on. So, while I’m not claiming I’m not experiencing mental exhaustion any more, I felt it far greater back in March.”

YOU’RE NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HAS THAT PROVED HELPFUL DURING THE LAST FEW MONTHS?

“I’m a relatively private person, and always have been. I remember being in the drama school common room and people saying have you heard about Facebook? [But she didn’t join up]. It sounds corny, but I know me. And I am anxious. I’m an anxious lady. And I have always felt that it would be adding to that anxiety. I know that I would respond by thinking, ‘Oh God, I’m boring to the people who have followed me. I’m not saying anything witty enough.’ I would break myself down in a negative way that just doesn’t serve me. I recognise that now that I’m 33. I wouldn’t have recognised that when I was in my 20s, but there was a gut instinct of knowing it wouldn’t serve my mental health. That was coupled with the idea, and I’m not saying that this is correct, that if one wants to be considered a versatile actor, then the more mysterious one appears, the more one would be able to morph into the roles I wished to achieve. And now with hindsight, I feel that ship has sailed for me. I’m way behind the tide.”

YOUR CAREER HAS BEEN VERSATILE, FROM DETECTIVES, TO A HOUSEMAID AND A WILDLING. WHAT’S LEFT TO TICK OFF?

“I have always been drawn to accents so I’d like to be able to delve into that more. There is a different stance, a different body language that I take on with another dialect. And that is a wonderful gateway into a character. It’s also more enjoyable than my own voice.”

YOUR NEW DRAMA VIGIL IS FILMED IN GLASGOW. DOES IT FEEL LIKE A HOMECOMING BEING IN SCOTLAND?

“It does. Growing up in the countryside near Aberdeen has instilled not only the love of the landscape but also that peace in seeing nothing on the horizon. And I love cold water swimming; running into the North Sea, which is freezing. I read an article that it kick starts your immune system and helps alleviate anxiety and stress so I’m trying to prove that.”

GAME OF THRONES FINISHED A YEAR AGO. WITH THE BENEFIT OF DISTANCE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR TIME ON THE SHOW?

“I have always been incredibly grateful towards Game Of Thrones because it opened up this cavernous cave of wonderful projects. That is coupled with the fact that I’m now married, having met a wonderful person on the show. It was so much fun to get muddied up, have a bow and arrow, fake furs and do that accent. It was wonderful to be a part of it.”

FINALLY, WHAT TV SHOWS HAVE YOU BEEN GETTING INTO?

“I’m currently obsessed with Des. We are two episodes in and I have been blown away. Anyone that has spoken to me for the last 48 hours will hear nothing but how sensational it is. I wish we had saved Succession for lockdown, but we polished it off in February. Oh my lord! The most enthralling drama. I love Tom, and cousin Greg. And I think This Country is the funniest show I’ve ever seen. I got super excited when I saw Daisy [Cooper] and her dad on Celebrity Gogglebox.”

First Trailer & Poster for “Death on The Nile”
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First Trailer & Poster for “Death on The Nile”

The first official poster and trailer for the highly anticipated movie “Death on the Nile” have finally been released today ! The all-star cast include : Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright and of course, Rose, who is playing the character of Louise.

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.

Based on the best-selling novel by Agatha Christie, Death on The Nile will hit theaters on October 23.

Check out the poster and trailer below, as well as a video featuring part of the cast (Rose, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Russell Brand & Ali Fazal) introducing the trailer on Good Morning America.

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“An Evening for Mental Well-Being” Online Event
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“An Evening for Mental Well-Being” Online Event

On June 1st, Rose took part in the fundraising event “An Evening for Mental Well-Being” by reading the poem “Shard” by Ella Duffy. The 2 hours live event also featured stand-up comedy and theatre performed by other artists from the UK. All donations went to the charity CALM.

You can watch back the whole event here on Rob Myle’s Youtube Channel. Rose’s performance as well as the curtain call can be watched right here :


Rose to star in new BBC One drama ‘Vigil’
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Rose to star in new BBC One drama ‘Vigil’

Exciting news ! It has been announced that Rose will play a lead role in a new political thriller alongside Suranne Jones on BBC One. “Vigil” (working title), from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, centres around a death on board a Trident nuclear submarine. Production will start soon in Scotland ! Read the full statement released by the BBC below :


BBC MEDIA CENTRE – Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content have commissioned Vigil (w/t), a brand new six-part thriller from World Productions, the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard.

Written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike) with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End Of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders). The fictional drama will be directed by Bafta-winner James Strong (Broadchurch, Vanity Fair, Liar) and Isabelle Sieb (Shetland, The Athena).

The series will star Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster), Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, The Good Fight), Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Bancroft), Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, Mary Queen Of Scots), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Peep Show), Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Jamestown), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), and Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Billy Elliot).

The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Suranne Jones says: “Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about. The cast and crew World Productions have put together to tell this story is so exciting. Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened. We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she’s questioning her relationships and life choices. It feels fresh and relevant and I can’t wait to start filming.”

Rose Leslie says: “I was weaned on BBC drama and it is thrilling to be back working at a place that feels like home with Tom Edge’s complex and gripping script. It will be a real honour to work with Suranne and I am looking forward to be filming back in Scotland.

Writer Tom Edge adds: “I’m completely thrilled to be making this series with the talented people at World Productions and BBC Drama. The ‘Continuous At Sea Deterrent’, better known as ‘Trident’, has been a contentious part of national life for half a century now, a stock of nuclear missiles kept hundreds of feet below the sea surface. But this world has rarely been explored on screen. I can’t wait to take a BBC One audience down with us, into the pitch-black icy waters of the unseen Atlantic, where tomorrow’s geopolitical struggles are already being played out.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says, “Vigil is a fantastic, adrenalised thriller set in a shadowy world which has stakes for us all. We are delighted to be working again with World Productions and the exceptionally talented writer, Tom Edge to bring this exciting story to BBC One with an outstanding cast led by Suranne Jones.”

Simon Heath, CEO and Creative Director, World Productions says, “We’re thrilled that the first drama out of our Scottish office is such a timely and gripping idea, brilliantly executed by Tom Edge. We couldn’t ask for a stronger cast, led by the brilliant Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie.”

Vigil (w/t) will be executive produced by Simon Heath (Line Of Duty, Save Me, Bodyguard) for World Productions and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

The 6×60’ fictional drama series will be set and filmed in Scotland and is supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland. International distribution will be handled by ITV Studios.

77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Last Sunday (January 5), Rose attended the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards alongside Kit Harington who was nominated in the Lead Actor – Drama category. She looked gorgeous wearing an Elie Saab dress. The gallery has been updated with photos from the red carpet and HBO’s After Party and you can find below a compilation of Rose & Kit on the red carpet ! 🙂

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MS Society “Carols by Candlelight” Event in London
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MS Society “Carols by Candlelight” Event in London

On December 10th, Rose and husband Kit Harington attended MS Society’s “Carols by Candlelight” Event in London to support the charity and help raise awareness of MS Research. As part of the event taking place in St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Church, they both did a reading.

Below you can find pictures taken inside and outside the church. A couple of videos have also been posted on Twitter, you can check them by clicking here and here 🙂



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Tory Burch Holiday Party in London
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Tory Burch Holiday Party in London

While “Death on the Nile” is still filming, Rose has made a rare public appearance on December 3rd as she attended the Tory Burch holiday party hosted by Elizabeth Saltzman at the Ladder Shed at the Chiltern Firehouse in London. She posed alongside her younger sister Portia and communications director Hayley Bloomingdale ; the few pictures which have been released can now be found in the gallery !

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A guest also shared videos from inside the party on Instagram on which Rose can be seen enjoying live music with her sister.

Rose to star in ‘Death on the Nile’ directed by Kenneth Branagh
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Rose to star in ‘Death on the Nile’ directed by Kenneth Branagh

After it had been announced last week that Rose couldn’t attend the Emmy Awards with husband Kit Harington because of work obligations, we were waiting for an official announcement to find out what she was working on… And the exciting news has finally been shared today :

MOVIEWEB.COM – Production has officially begun on 20th Century Fox’s Death on the Nile with director Kenneth Branagh at U.K.’s Longcross Studios and on location in Egypt. Agatha Christie’s mystery-thriller reunites the filmmaking team from 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and features an all-star cast Including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

It was announced that shooting on Twentieth Century Fox’s Death on the Nile a mystery-thriller based on the book by famed author Agatha Christie, has begun. Based on another celebrated Christie novel, Death on the Nile will be released on October 9, 2020.

The screenplay for the film, adapted from Christie’s 1937 novel, is once again written by Michael Green with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund returning as producers. Matthew Jenkins and James Prichard return as executive producers.

In Death on the Nile, Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. This sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out in an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough shocking twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement. Says Kenneth Branagh.

Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy. Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie, Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!

Disney is positioning Death on the Nile as one of Fall 2020’s biggest releases, and will be releasing the movie under the 20th Century Fox banner after the acquisition of the movie studio earlier this year. (source)

“The Good Fight” : Rose Leslie’s exit confirmed
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“The Good Fight” : Rose Leslie’s exit confirmed

TV LINE — An original Good Fight cast member is exiting the ring.

Rose Leslie — who has played legal eagle Maia Rindell since the CBS All Access drama launched three years ago — will not be returning as a series regular for Season 4. Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King confirmed the news to TVLine Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, describing the series’ Season 3 finale as Leslie’s “sendoff.” (The Kings were at SDCC to promote their new fall CBS drama Evil (video of our chat is forthcoming).

News of Leslie’s exit hardly comes as a surprise seeing as how the Season 3 finale literally sent Maia off to Washington D.C., where she was poised to launch a new firm with Michael Sheen’s Roland Blum. Truth be told, the writing has been on the wall since Season 2, when the show’s focus — and overall tone — morphed from legal thriller to Trump-skewering political satire. The ensemble has shifted along with the narrative, with original cast members Justin Bartha and Erica Tazel also being phased out and new blood — from the likes of Audra McDonald, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi — joining the full-time ranks. (source)