After training using the National Youth Ballet as well as the Associates of the Royal Ballet, she danced with the Kirov Ballet. She later attended Arts Educational School, where she continued to pursue dancing until a career-ending physical ailment compelled her to alter her course. Shortly taking acting classes and going to auditions, she got her feet wet on the TV show The Misfits as well as additional jobs before ensuring the purpose of Lady Sybil Crawley to the interval play Downton Abbey.
At age 15, she danced to get a summer season using the Kirov Ballet in the Royal Opera House in London. She went to attend Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead before being taken to a number of ballet schools, finally deciding on the Arts Educational School (at Tring Park, Hertfordshire).
Brown Findlay trained there for a couple of years, but in her third year, she developed difficulties in her ankles and had three operations to repair the problem. The past operation was unsuccessful and, worse, damaging, causing her being unable to dance again.
Heartbroken, Brown Findlay completed her schooling at Tring Park and after that registered at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College to study, in the urging of an art teacher, fine arts painting. While there, she took up acting courses, went to auditions, and was soon spotted by a casting agent.
In 2009, Brown Findlay got her first television role, a tiny part on the show The Misfits, and one that she’d reprise in a 2011 episode. What followed would be a game-changer for the young performer: She won the part of Lady Sybil Crawley on the shortly-to-be international success show Downton Abbey. As Brown Findlay remembers, she read the script for the producers, as well as a week afterwards, the part was hers. Brown Findlay’s character, Lady Sybil, is the progressive rebel of the household, a winner of women’s rights issues in a period when they had few winners.
More TV characters shortly arrived the performer’s manner, including parts on Black Mirror (2011) and Labyrinth (2012).
Brown Findlay continues to be named a “new talent to look at” by Vanity Fair, and was nominated for the British Independent Film Award (2011) as well as the Evening Standard Film Award (2012) for best beginner. In what’s apt to be just the first such triumph, in 2013, Brown Findlay along with the whole Downton Abbey cast took home the Screen Actors Guild award for excellent performance by an ensemble in a drama show.