Lily James Biography |
  • Lily James Biography

    Born: April 05, 1989 in Esher, , Surrey, England, UK

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    Born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson on April 5, 1989, she changed her name in tribute to her actor father, James Thomson, who died of cancer in 2008. Her grandmother was the late American-born actress Helen Horton, who voiced “Mother”, the ship’s computer, in Alien.

    James began her education at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and subsequently went on to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2010. Given her innate talent for drama and strikingly beautiful looks, it was not long before she landed television roles, initially playing big sister to the young lead character on the English family comedy “Just William” (BBC One, 2010).

    She won her first Hollywood role as a supporting character in the blockbuster Wrath of the Titans (2012). The same year, she appeared in the lead part of highly competitive sprinter Lisa Temple in the British sports drama Fast Girls (2012), which proved to be a word-of-mouth hit in the UK.

    With a starring film role under her belt, James had garnered enough attention to attract the interest of the producers of “Downton Abbey.” She was cast as the rebellious Lady Rose in the last episode of season three. Lady Rose later became a main character in the fourth and fifth seasons of the program. James also appeared as Lady Rose in the series finale.

    In the spring of 2013, she was selected to play the the titular character in the 2015 live-action Disney film Cinderella. The film was released on 13 March 2015. James was photographed by Annie Leibovitz as Cinderella, in the blue gown her character wears to the ball, for the December 2014 issue of Vogue. She also made her singing debut in the film's end credits, covering "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from the 1950 animated film.

    In 2016, she starred in her second major film, playing the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the action-horror film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a parody of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    In 2017 she played Debora, the love interest of the main character Baby, in the action film Baby Driver, and starred in the World War II drama The Exception, playing the role of a British agent posing as a servant to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II. James is set to portray the younger version of Donna Sheridan in the sequel to Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

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