Jessica Brown Findlay swaps Downton for Shakespeare classic
Former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay has signed up to star alongside Andrew Scott in a new production of Hamlet.
The Jamaica Inn star, who shot to fame as Lady Sybil Crawley, will play Ophelia in the Almeida Theatre production.
Sherlock star Scott - who will play Hamlet - and actress Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude) have previously been announced for the play, directed by the Almeida's associate director Robert Icke.
Luke Thompson also joins the cast as Laertes , which opens in February next year at the London theatre.
Stevenson stars in another Almeida play, Mary Stuart, trading roles with Lia Williams as both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart.
Stage actor Rudi Dharmalingam also joins the cast of Friedrich Schiller's political tragedy, which is due to open in December this year.