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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Morrissey Biopic

“Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of “Steven,” a biopic about the early life and career of singer Morrissey.

British filmmaker Mark Gill is directing “Steven” from his own script, with Jack Lowden portraying the musician in his early life in the 1970s before he became the lead singer of the 1980s band the Smiths. Findlay will play Morrissey’s friend, visual artist and musician Linder Sterling.

Steven Patrick Morrissey founded the Smiths with Johnny Marr in 1982. The group broke up in 1987, and Morrissey went on to a successful solo career.

HanWay is handling sales on the project, which starts shooting this month, while Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights.

Orian Williams and Gill’s Voorman Problem partner Baldwin Li are producing.

Findlay portrayed Lady Sybil Branson in Julian Fellowes’ hit TV series “Downton Abbey.” Her movie credits include “The Riot Club,” “Jamaica Inn” and “The Outcast.”

Gill and Li were nominated for an Academy Award for best live action short film for their movie “The Voorman Problem.”

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Findlay is starring in the upcoming “This Beautiful Fantastic” with Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine and Tom Wilkinson. She is repped by Troika Talent, WME and Management 360.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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