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Downton star Jessica Brown Findlay calls for better internet policing after hacking

A Downton Abbey (opens in new tab) actress targeted in a hacking scandal – seeing her intimate images and videos leaked – said the treatment of women online needs to be better policed.

Former ballerina Jessica Brown Findlay, told the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine that she wants to 'start speaking up', after so far remaining tight lipped about her ordeal.

Actress Jessica Brown Findlay

Jessica Brown Findlay played Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey (Jonathan Short/Invision/PA)


“I want the world to really start looking into the treatment of women, particularly on the internet,” she said. “Because, to me, there seem to be two sets of rules: one for the real world and one for the cyber world.

“I don’t understand why, in a society where we are encouraged to live through the internet, that forum is not being better policed.”

Actress Jessica Brown Findlay

Hackers targeted iCloud accounts of those in the public eye (Jonathan Short/Invision/PA)


In 2014 the 26-year-old fell victim to hackers when they stole naked video clips from her Apple iCloud account, along with a number of intimate pictures.

Other celebrities that were targeted in the breach include the Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Amber Heard, Kirsten Dunst and Anna Kendrick.

US actress Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence was another of those targeted in the 2014 hack (Matt Crossick/PA)


Best known for playing Lady Sybil in the ITV period drama, Jessica also revealed in the interview that her time on Downton Abbey was 'great to be a part of'.

“It was such an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Plus I made some wonderful, lifelong friends,” added the star who will be appearing in Uncle Vanya at London’s Almeida Theatre next month.


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