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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.

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