Lily James

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Lily James
BornLily Chloe Ninette Thomson
(1989-04-05) 5 April 1989 (age 24)
Esher, Surrey, England
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present
 
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Lily James
BornLily Chloe Ninette Thomson
(1989-04-05) 5 April 1989 (age 24)
Esher, Surrey, England
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present

Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson (born 5 April 1989), better known by her stage name Lily James, is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Lady Rose MacClare in the period drama Downton Abbey.[1]

Early life[edit]

James was born in Esher, Surrey. She began her education at Arts Educational School in Tring and subsequently went on to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2010.[2]

Career[edit]

James played the role of Katrina in Play House alongside Obi Abili and Marijka, and in Definitely the Bahamas alongside Ian Gelder and Kate Fahy. This is a double bill written and directed by Martin Crimp at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as part of their fortieth anniversary.

Her other theatre credits include Desdemona in Daniel Evans production of Othello at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, alongside Dominic West and Clarke Peters and Ella and Taylor in Vernon God Little at the Young Vic Theatre[3] in a production of Tanya Ronda's stage adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little directed by Rufus Norris. Most recently she starred as Nina in a modern adaptation of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse.

James starred in Fast Girls, the 2012 movie directed by Noel Clarke centered around a group of young female athletes competing in the World Championships. Previous to this, James played the role of Korrina in Warner Brothers the Wrath of the Titans, where she appeared alongside Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson.

Her television credits include Poppy in the fourth season of ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper, the BBC production of Richmal Crompton's Just William with Daniel Roche and the third and fourth seasons of popular British series Downton Abbey. [4]

In April 2013, James was cast as the title character in a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney's Cinderella.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012ChemistryInesShort film
2012Wrath of the TitansKorrina
2012Fast GirlsLisa Temple
2015CinderellaCinderellaPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Just WilliamEthel Brown4 episodes
2011Secret Diary of a Call GirlPoppy8 episodes
2012–presentDownton AbbeyLady Rose McClare11 episodes

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