Born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson, but known professionally as Lily James, she is a British actress probably best known for her role on “Downton Abbey.” She previously appeared on “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” with Billie Piper. She is set to appear in the live-action film “Cinderella.”
Lily James attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama and sings mezzo-soprano. She graduated in 2010.
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Lily James said when she started on "Downton Abbey" she got a bunch of hateful tweets. “It was kind of taking over my life for a while. I think everyone liked Lady Sybil so much." She doesn’t use Twitter that often. “It’s dangerous – if you search yourself then read things you don’t want to, it’s tough. It’s a temptation, so I’m not using Twitter for the time being.”
As for her role, Lily James loves playing a rebel. “It’s very freeing. Everything’s allowed.” She added, “I have a love-hate relationship with her. She’s really shallow, but she’s got a big heart – she’s so young, but her depth of emotional perspective gets bigger.”
As compared to her previous role on “Diary of a Call Girl,” she said, "There’s definitely no nudity so I’m very glad that my granny can be proud of me in this, and my brothers don’t have to turn away.” (Interestingly, her grandmother Helen Horton is an actress and was the voice of Mother, the ship computer, in “Alien.”)
On the show, Lily James wears a blonde curly wig because her natural hair color was deemed too similar with other cast members. Her other roles include parts in “Broken,” “Fast Girls” and “Wrath of the Titans.” As for “Wrath of the Titans,” she said, “I got a real taste of what it’s like to make big studio movies. I was in the middle of the desert filming with these huge cranes and bombs going off and thinking, ‘How lucky am I?’”
For her role in “Fast Girls,” she trained five times a week, running up hills and doing sit-ups all day (independent.co.uk). “It was just hell. I became so obsessed with training and I’ve got an addictive personality.”
Per her resume, she can dance jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and period; play basic piano, guitar and is an advanced scuba diver.
Lily James is currently single and resides in London, England.