Lily James (full name Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson) is a popular British actress, often called the second Maggie Smith. She is famous in the homeland for playing the role of Lady Rose in the hit series «Downton Abbey». The work in the pictures «Cinderella» and «War and Peace» brought her the world wide popularity.
The actress Lily James
Lily was born in an intellectual, creative family from Surrey. Her mother, Ninette was an actress, and her father was James Thomson, a musician. Lily's grandmother, Helen Horton, was also an actress, she took part in scoring the film «Alien».
It is not surprising that the girl, intending to continue the dynasty of actors, dreamed of the stage from an early age. Lily started mastering acting at the art school in Tring and continued at the London School of Music and Drama, which he successfully graduated in 2010.
Lily James in childhood
In school, as Lily recalls, she demonstrated an awful taste in clothes. One day she put on a terrible bodycon mini dress from pink latex and shoes with huge heels for the party. Classmates ridiculed her, and since that time she developed a phobia to be dressed inappropriately for the occasion. The rest of the school years she dressed in nondescript hoodies and sneakers. She still maintains a casual style.
Lily James changed her name in memory of his father
In 2008, her father passed away from cancer. In his memory, she took the pseudonym Lily James. Under this name, she plunged into the world of professional theatre to drown out the grief.
The Acting Career
Lily immediately conquered the London society by her roles of Desdemona in «Othello» and Nina in Chekhov's «The Seagull», drawing the attention of even the most discerning theatre-goers of the British capital.
Lily James is 5’7 ft tall
That time, she decided to try on TV and played a small role in the sitcom «The Secret Diary of a Call Girl».
The role of Lady Rose McClair in the TV series «The Abbey Downton» brought the young actress a real success. Her character first appeared in the third season and caught the fancy of the public at once: thoughtless tramp who's only interested in dancing, grooms, and dresses, could challenge society and its ossified traditions. In the end, Lily had to come to terms with the lush Victorian costumes for the next three years.
Lily James in the TV series «The Abbey Downton»
After «The Abbey Downton», Lily James's career began rapidly growing. The year 2012 was very fruitful to the aspiring actress: she starred in four pictures, «Chemia», «Broken», «Wrath of the Titans» and «Fast Girls».
Lily James – A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
In 2014, Lily has been approved for the role of Cinderella in the eponymous film adaptation of the Disney cartoon, beating the stars in the casting as Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, and even the incomparable Emma Watson. Her partner on the set became Kenneth Branagh.
Lily James as Cinderella
During pre-production, she had to learn horse riding (before that she didn't even know which side to approach horses) and ballroom dancing. The scenes with the father turned to be a very difficult challenge for the young actress as she was overwhelmed with the sad memories of her own so early deceased father.
The movie was a huge success and glorified the British actress in the whole world. The next landmark work in James’s film career became the role of Natasha in the multi-screen version of Leo Tolstoy's novel «War and Peace» from the BBC, thanks to which Lily has taken a worthy place among the most successful British Actresses.
Lily James played Natashia in BBC «War and Peace»
In 2016, the girl suddenly decided on a bold experiment and has posed naked for the advertising campaign of the new fragrance from Burberry.
Lily James posed nude in a perfume’s commercial
In the same year, audiences saw her in the historical drama «The Exception» along with Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer.
Lily James’ Personal Life
In 2015, Lily met the actor Matt Smith on the set, who played the priest Collins during work in large-scale Hollywood project's «Pride and Prejudice and Zombies». There was a sympathy between them, which developed further in this deep sense.
Lily James and Matt Smith
The lovers often appear together at social events, although they try not to attract the attention of journalists.
Lily James about «Baby driver», american accent and Matt Smith
Lily and Matt have often thought about the wedding. However, taking into account the employment of actress in recent time, this important event is postponed all the time.
Thanks to a musical taste nurtured in early childhood Lily appreciates good music. Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor are among her favorite artists.
Lily James Today
The sensual blonde is at the peak of her popularity. She returned to the theatre, lured by the role of Juliet in Shakespeare's play. Romeo was played by an actor from «Game of thrones» Richard Madden. The performance can be seen not only in theaters as it was broadcast in cinemas all around the world.
Lily James and Richard Madden are new Romeo and Juliet
In 2017, there were planned several releases with the actress. Among them was the thriller «Baby Driver» with Ansel Elgort, the war drama «Darkest Hour» with Gary Oldman.
Baby Driver: Lily James and Ansel Elgort
In 2018, there will be released a melodrama «The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society» with Lily James and Jessica Brown-Findlay in the leading roles. In August, there will be a premiere of the next episode of the cult musical «Mamma mia!». Lily James will play the heroine of Meryl Streep in her youth.