Lily James

(Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson)

Lily James
Lily James
  • Born: April 5, 1989
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Actress









Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson, known professionally as Lily James, is an English actress noted for leading roles in the movies Baby Driver (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018). She studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and began her acting career in the British television series Just William (2010). Following her supporting role as Lady Rose MacClare in the period drama series Downton Abbey (2012–2015), James had her film breakthrough playing the eponymous role in the fantasy film Cinderella (2015).

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Espionage is largely separate from the mainstream of foreign policy … you nail the spy and you punish him, and you move on. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Any kid in the world can draw from strengths within - we all have the potential with that.
As an actor, you get a bit itchy to do something entirely different.
As cynical as I can be, there's always a part of me that believes in love and the fairy tale. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
At drama school, we were taught to write down your dreams and carry them around in your wallet with you, and they'll come true, but I didn't do that.
Boarding school in Tring was a bit of a bubble that burst when I went to Hackney to go to drama school.
'Cinderella' touches on loss, and there was definitely a strong sense of grief in my life. Life
Corsets are always hard to wear.
Diet Coke is the only way I get through filming because I get so tired.
Drama school was a lifeline for me, it saved me. I found it very nurturing - I just clung on.
For exams, I swotted so hard because I couldn't bear the thought of not coming first.
For girls growing up, sometimes I think they get the wrong idea for what women should look like. Women
God, I used to have really skinny-crap eyebrows. They were such an ugly disaster. Religion & God
Growing up, I was always prancing around and singing... and I just never really stopped.
I admire actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, who says what she thinks.
I don't do anything with my brows.
I don't have an exact moment when I decided I wanted to be an actress - it kind of was just really a part of my growing up.
I don't like seeing celebs looking too skinny, I love it when they look healthy and comfortable in their bodies and embrace their curves. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I feel like, sometimes, characters that are just good and nice can seem boring or uninteresting.
I find cardio hard.
I Googled myself, and I saw some nice things and some not-so-nice things. I've learned that that stuff isn't real, and it doesn't exist unless you look at it.
I have an amazing stylist; she's called Rebecca Corbin Murray... I go around to her living room, and it's sort of exploding with dresses, and we go through them all, and she's so good at picking things she knows I'll like, and we work together. She's taught me absolutely everything; she's brilliant. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I live in dungarees, and I love denim - I wear denim shirts a lot. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love clothes but it's a struggle for me to get out of jeans and a baggy jumper. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love London, but I love traveling, and I don't think I'll be here forever. Possibly, I'd like to move to New York and do a play in New York. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love putting on a red lip. I don't do it so much for events - somehow, I don't seem to get it right - but when I just go to the pub or to a restaurant or something, I just put a red lip on. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love singing so much. As a kid, that was what I wanted to do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love to start the morning with a mist spray, especially after a night out. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Morning
I loved all the princess films, and I grew up with them, and I think it's really cool how they've changed over the years - how the princesses have become more positive role models right up until 'Frozen.'
I loved fairy tales growing up.
I loved learning to fight and kill zombies. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I naturally have a really small waist.
I never thought I would say this, but I'm desperate to do an action film.
I played Nina in 'The Seagull,' and I remember thinking it's incredible to see all the actresses in the past that've played her. It's quite strengthening. You feel a part of the family of actresses going through and giving something of themselves to the role. Families, Children & Parenting
I really have been lucky because I've always had a very healthy attitude to my body.
I really want to play interesting roles, but you want to work, so it's a balancing game. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I remember meeting the princesses at Disney World and getting their autographs.
I saw Cate Blanchett in 'Big and Small,' and it was mind-blowing. The fact that she can do theatre and is also a huge movie star is really exciting.
I saw this cool interview with Amy Adams from when she did 'Enchanted' and played a princess, and when kids came up to her with no make-up and ripped jeans on, she said, 'I'm off duty. I'm an off-duty princess', and I thought that was quite sweet.
I think Beyonce always looks great.
I think everyone can feel like an outsider. I know I have. I've always felt like one.
I think I feel most like a princess when I'm sort of bursting with happiness and love, so whether that would be, like, with my boyfriend or my family or at a really fun party - just when you're full of life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
I think it's probably best to work out in the morning to get it out of the way. My ultimate top tip is to drag yourself, even if you have to roll yourself out of your bed and in to a sit-up - it's really not that bad once you start. Morning ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think it's so important to be healthy and confident and natural. And not put too much stress on trying to be thin - I don't get the thin, thin thing at all.
I think Keira Knightley is amazing, and I've heard also that she is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth, brilliant girls, and I really look up to her in that respect. She's got it all, really, and I think she's made interesting, bold choices in her work. Respect ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think our sense as actors of what we've just done - whether or not it be in an audition - is usually really not connected to any truth. I'm always asking for more takes and more goes. I think I just need to shut up and listen. Truth
I thought it'd be interesting to play an off-centre character who doesn't have to be pretty.
I trained with Olympics Athlete Jeanette Kwakye - who is amazing! And Shani Anderson, who is an excellent Olympic runner. We trained five times a week; running, circuits, weights, working out in the gym, and on the track. It was an insane time. Time
I treated myself to a £700 Chloe bag after one of my first acting jobs. Then my friends pointed out that, for the same money, I could buy a flight to India. So I took it back. Money, Coins & Minting
I used to go to musicals every birthday - that was my birthday present. We'd go to London, me and my two brothers and mum and dad. I think I saw 'Mamma Mia' about five times. Families, Children & Parenting
I want to be Ursula in 'The Little Mermaid.'
I want to do more theater, which allows you to take bigger risks and experiment.
I'm a healthy girl.
I'm a real hoarder.
I'm dying to do a tiny indie and play something totally naturalistic without any sort of constraints on me. Something where I can shock everyone.
I'm learning a lot about how to be one of the 'good' actors. You'd hope that it's natural to be a good person, and kind, but I'm learning how to deal with long, sometimes boring days. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Hope
I'm such a geek now with princesses. It's pathetic.
In anything, I always give my all. I'm not a good loser.
In regards to your love life, you're just entering into a whole of pain if you talk about it. If you've never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you're crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It took me a while to warm to the '20s costumes on 'Downton.' I love it when women accentuate their curves, and that era was all about hiding them. The shapes they wore then were in tune with female empowerment. Cutting off their hair and hiding their busts was a way of saying, 'We're equal to men!' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
It's hard to see yourself as a princess because it involves a huge leap of the imagination and sort of requires you to believe you can be that, which is a scary, weird thing.
It's pretty disabling sometimes, the terror of not living up. My expectations are the worst.
It's so hard coming out of drama school to claim your right to be taken seriously and even get auditions.
It's weird when you get roles that coincide with your life. Life
It's weird, the idea of someone else playing my dad, but weirdly nice. Families, Children & Parenting
Mum would have a panic attack if she had to stand up and give a speech around a table.
My dad did every single accent under the sun, and he would read bedtime stories. Families, Children & Parenting
My dad lived on Sunset Boulevard for a couple of years as a waiter, and he said he'd do a different character every time somebody sat down, just to get some practice. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
My first paid role was my first job out of drama school, which was 'Just William.' It was a BBC TV show. I played Ethel.
My mom passed down to me her old Levi's denim jacket. When I left it on a plane, I was devastated. I've never been able to find anything with quite the same cool, faded look.
My mum thinks I'm amazing at everything. That unconditional love is just the most precious thing you can have. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
No one looks twice at me when they're around, and 'Cinderella' has made no difference. And I know that isn't going to change.
People talk a lot about, 'You're a Disney princess! You're Cinderella!' and this and that. But for me, it's all about the fact that I worked with Cate Blanchett and was directed by Kenneth Branagh. That's the 'Cinderella' story for me.
Sadly, I've never met Princess Kate.
The famous pilot season literally sends shivers down my spine. Fame
The first Disney movie I saw I think was 'Snow White.' I loved all the Disney princess movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The greatest thing is that usually the auditions you think are bad are the ones you get.
The Twenties outfits are all about freedom and loose, flowing lines, whereas in 'Cinderella,' I had to wear corsets and big huge skirts. Freedom & Liberty
The world of the flapper - live free, wild and young - that energy is intoxicating. It's nice to inject that into the more controlled 'Downton' way of living.
There are other things I want to focus on rather than staying in shape.
There's nothing wrong with falling in love and sharing your life with someone. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
To be honest, when I was growing up - I think it's because of Kate Winslet and 'Titanic' - I always wanted to do period.
Top athletes are like warriors.
Ultimately, 'Cinderella' is the story of the underdog. You root for her in this fairytale; the girl who has nothing, deserves so much more, and gets it.
When I worked with Bill Nighy on 'Wrath of the Titans,' he said to me, 'There's one thing you can promise me, and that's never, ever, ever read your reviews.'
When people feel good, they look good.
When the board games came out of the cupboard when I was a kid, I had to beat my two brothers every time. Time
Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies? Women
With corsets, it's interesting when you put them on, realizing that's what women actually wore. They're just so constricting. Women
You are what you're portrayed as.
You have to pretend to be cool, which I never am.
You know that scene in 'Runaway Bride' when Julia Roberts puts on the amazing wedding dress and looks at herself in the mirror and goes, 'Swish, swish'? I loved that moment so much when I was a little girl. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex