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Lily James

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Plays Female Rose MacClare in the favorite ITV and PBS tv series Downton Abbey and landed the business lead role within the 2015 feature film Cinderella. She also made an appearance in multiple shows of ITV2’s Magic formula Diary of the Call Young lady and BBC1’s Simply William. This year 2010, she graduated from London’s well-known Guildhall College of Music and Crisis. Her professional stage credits consist of jobs in London and Sheffield productions of Chekhov’s The Seagull and Shakespeare’s Othello. After spending her start in Esher, Surrey, Britain, she went to a executing arts college in Tring, Hertfordshire. In 2015 she started dating professional Matt Smith. She made an appearance with Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson within the 2012 film Wrath from the Titans.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lily James
Date Of Birth April 5, 1989
Place Of Birth Esher, England
Height 1.7 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nationality British
Parents Ninette Thomson, Jamie Thomson
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Glamour Award for NEXT Breakthrough
Nominations Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play
Movies Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, The Exception, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Burnt, Cinderella, Fast Girls, Broken, Wrath of the Titans, Guernsey, Silent Treatment
TV Shows War & Peace, Downton Abbey, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Just William
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Has 2 brothers.
2She is a mezzo-soprano.
3She is a sixth cousin of U.S. President George Bush, through her American grandmother. Lily's four times great-grandfather, Stephen Horton, was the brother of the president's four times great-grandmother, Sarah Horton (their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood). Lily is thus a sixth cousin, once removed, of the President's sons, President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.
4She has the same birthday (not the same year of birth) with her on-screen mother in Cinderella, Hayley Atwell.
5She has Scottish, English, French, and more distant German, ancestry. Lily's paternal grandmother was American actress Helen Horton, who lived in England with Lily's British grandfather, Hamish Thomson. Lily's maternal grandmother was of French origin.
6Although she played Hayley Atwell's daughter in Cinderella (2015), she is only seven years her junior in real life (this is somewhat of a moot point, as James had only played her character at an older age, several years after Atwell's character had died).
7Was on the Musical Theatre Course at The Arts Educational School, Tring Park.
8Studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London graduating in 2010.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Woods2018post-productionDeb
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society2018post-productionJuliet Ashton
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again2018filmingYoung Donna
Darkest Hour2017Elizabeth Layton
Baby Driver2017Debora
The Tale of Thomas Burberry2016ShortBetty
The Exception2016Mieke de Jong
Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet2016Juliet
War & Peace2016TV Mini-SeriesNatasha Rostova
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies2016Elizabeth Bennet
Downton Abbey2012-2015TV SeriesLady Rose MacClare
Burnt2015/ISara
Cinderella2015/ICinderella
Text Santa 20142014TV MovieLady Rose MacClare
Silent Treatment2013/IShortThe Girl
Fast Girls2012Lisa Temple
Broken2012/IVOlder Skunk
Wrath of the Titans2012Korrina
Chemistry2012/IShortInes
Secret Diary of a Call Girl2011TV SeriesPoppy
Chloe and Will's Hot Date Night2011ShortChloe
Just William2010TV SeriesEthel Brown

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinderella2015/Iperformer: "Lavender's Blue", "Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale", "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Today2017TV SeriesHerself
Reel Junkie2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Extra2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Ok! TV2017TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Wimbledon2016TV SeriesHerself - Spectator
The Graham Norton Show2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 24th Annual Movieguide Awards2016TV SpecialHerself
Film '722016TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Ryan2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
73rd Golden Globe Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Original Score-Motion Picture
The Talk2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Días de cine2015TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Big Picture2012TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live2015TV SeriesCinderella
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey (2010)· Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/FantasyCinderella (2015)


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#Quote
1It took me a while to warm to the '20s costumes on 'Downton.' I love it when women accentuate their curves, and that era was all about hiding them. The shapes they wore then were in tune with female empowerment. Cutting off their hair and hiding their busts was a way of saying, 'We're equal to men!'
2When people feel good, they look good.
3I don't like seeing celebs looking too skinny, I love it when they look healthy and comfortable in their bodies and embrace their curves.
4My first paid role was my first job out of drama school, which was 'Just William.' It was a BBC TV show. I played Ethel.
5I love clothes but it's a struggle for me to get out of jeans and a baggy jumper.
6My mom passed down to me her old Levi's denim jacket. When I left it on a plane, I was devastated. I've never been able to find anything with quite the same cool, faded look.
7The world of the flapper - live free, wild and young - that energy is intoxicating. It's nice to inject that into the more controlled 'Downton' way of living.
8It's so hard coming out of drama school to claim your right to be taken seriously and even get auditions.
9I treated myself to a £700 Chloe bag after one of my first acting jobs. Then my friends pointed out that, for the same money, I could buy a flight to India. So I took it back.
10Mum would have a panic attack if she had to stand up and give a speech around a table.
11I used to go to musicals every birthday - that was my birthday present. We'd go to London, me and my two brothers and mum and dad. I think I saw 'Mamma Mia' about five times.
12I really want to play interesting roles, but you want to work, so it's a balancing game.
13I played Nina in 'The Seagull,' and I remember thinking it's incredible to see all the actresses in the past that've played her. It's quite strengthening. You feel a part of the family of actresses going through and giving something of themselves to the role.
14Boarding school in Tring was a bit of a bubble that burst when I went to Hackney to go to drama school.
15I think it's probably best to work out in the morning to get it out of the way. My ultimate top tip is to drag yourself, even if you have to roll yourself out of your bed and in to a sit-up - it's really not that bad once you start.
16The first Disney movie I saw I think was 'Snow White.' I loved all the Disney princess movies.


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