Lily James

Lily James in an English actress born in Surrey in 1989. She attended the Arts Educational School in Tring before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, reading acting.

James started her theatre career in 2011, where she played Taylor at the Young Vic Theatre’s adaption of Vernon God Little. In the same year she appeared as Nina in The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse and later Desdemona in Othello at the Crucible Theatre. The following year James played Karina in Playhouse, Marijka in Definitely the Bahamas at the Orange Tree Theatre, in Richmond for a double bill written and directed by Martin Crimp.

James is, perhaps, more famously known for her title role in Disney’s film Cinderella (2015). This role not only saw her nominated  for the Kids’ Choice, Favourite Movie Actress Award and Choice Movie Actress in the Teen Choice Awards but also winning Breakthrough Award at the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards (2015). In 2016 James starred in her second major movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, playing the role of Elizabeth Bennett. She is also renowned for playing Lady Rose MacClare, in the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey. James’ character became a main role in seasons four and five of the TV series, playing the character from 2012 til 2015, receiving the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 and 2015. In 2016 she played Natasha Rostova in BBC’s War & Peace, historical drama series which receive rave reviews.

In 2016 James returns to stage, playing Juliet in Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s adaption of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kenneth Branagh. She will star alongside Game of Throne’s star Richard Madden, Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal. The show is set to run from 12 May 2016 until 13 August 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Romeo and Juliet Juliet Garrick 2016





Playhouse Karina Orange Tree 2012  
Definitely the Bahamas Marijka Orange Tree 2012  
The Seagull Nina Southwark Playhouse 2011  
Vernon God Little Taylor Young Vic 2011 Review


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