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Jessica Brown Findlay, Late of 'Downton Abbey,' Regrets Topless Scene

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 10:49 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Former "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay has confessed that she regrets going topless in 2011 for her first big-screen role in "Albatross."

Findlay, known for playing the rebellious younger sister Lady Sybil in PBS's "Downton Abbey," flashed her breasts briefly during a scene in "Albatross" in which she lifts her shirt to prove she's old enough to buy cigarettes.

"To be honest, 'Albatross' was naivety and not knowing that I could say no," Findlay told Radio Times. "I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind."

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Findlay disappointed viewers when she left "Downton Abbey" in the third season after her character died during childbirth. The 23-year-old actress said she worried she would "fall into my comfort zone too much" if she had stayed.

"My contract was ending and I was unsure about signing away another year," she told Radio Times. "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."

Findlay has also appeared in the films "Misfits" and "Black Mirror," and just finished filming the movie "Winter's Tale" starring Russell Crowe and Will Smith. She will also appear in the upcoming Kate Mosse adaptation "Labyrinth," which airs this weekend on Channel 4 in the U.K.

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She has no plans to do more on-screen nudity anytime soon, but has some advice for those who do.

"If you're going to do a nude scene, be honest and natural," Findlay told Radio Times. "The idea that actresses would work out at the gym for a thousand hours beforehand… I was drinking pints and eating burgers. But actually, it's not something I would do again."

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