‘Downton Abbey’ Star Regrets Doing Topless Scene

Jessica Brown Findlay of "Downton Abbey" (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Former “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay regrets going topless in her film debut.

Findlay, 23, dropped her top in the 2011 film “Albatross” and says she agreed to the naughty scene simply because she was young and naive.

“To be honest, Albatross was naiveté and not knowing that I could say no,” Findlay told the British magazine Radio Times. “I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind.”

The actress also appeared nude in the U.K. series “Labyrinth” but insists she won’t be stripping down on screen any more.

“In ‘Labyrinth,’ it is a very fleeting moment that we shot in one take, but I did find it very odd being naked in front of lots of people,” she said. “But actually, it’s not something I would do again.”

Findlay is known to “Downton” devotees for portraying the youngest Crawley daughter, Lady Sybil, for three seasons on the hit PBS series, before leaving last year.

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Of her surprising decision to leave “Downton” — a move that shocked the show’s rabid fans — Findlay explains:

“I was unsure about signing away another year. Leaving terrified me, and that’s what made me want to do it. Being afraid and going into the unknown excites me and what scared me more was to keep going and then one day discover it was all I could do and wish I had pushed myself more. I’d prefer to fail and fall flat on my face.”


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