Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder

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Jessica Brown Findlay: “Instead of saying sorry [I] decided to tell myself that I matter”

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay has spoken about her struggles with body image, revealing that she’s had an eating disorder since the age of 14.

The actress, who played Lady Sybil, said she “felt so alone”, but decided to speak out and “held my head up”.

She told The Daily Telegraph: “I’ve had an eating disorder since I was 14.

“I think we can feed certain ideas of what beauty is and what success is, and I just feel there has to come a time where those aren’t the rules any more.”

She added: “Then we can have a mature conversation about what that is about and about depression.”

The actress is currently appearing in a theatre production of Hamlet, which “explores a lot about mental health”, she said.

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Findlay plays an 18th Century courtesan in ITV drama Harlots

She has also starred in TV dramas Jamaica Inn and The Outcast, and is also about to be seen in Harlots on ITV Encore in the UK.

She told the paper she had come to the conclusion that “I’m not going to be a better actor if I’m a dress size smaller”.

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder

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