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Game of Thrones actress joins 'Good Wife' spin-off

Rose Leslie cast in major series regular role

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You know nothing about Rose Leslie’s return to TV!

But that’s okay, because we’re going to tell you: The former Game of Thrones actress is joining the cast of CBS All Access’ The Good Wife spin-off.  

Leslie, who played Ygritte on the HBO drama, will be a series regular on the new series. The Scottish actress will play “Maia” on the show, the goddaughter of Diane (Emmy winner Christine Baranski). Maia joins the firm just after passing the bar, and is a key part of Diane’s plan for the future. “We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect. She’s real, she’s strong, and she can play comedy. If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn’t have done better.” 

In addition to GoT, Leslie also had an arc on PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey. She’s also regularly in the celebrity press as she’s dating her former Thrones costar, Kit Harington. 

As previously announced, The Good Wife spin-off will pick up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of the original series. In the new show, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.

The Good Wife spin-off will debut in February, 2017 with its premiere airing on CBS before shifting to the streaming service.