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Lily James: The Best of Me

陈溪 Cecilia Chan 2018-08-14 14:34

The TV series Downton Abbey portrays her beautiful visage, Baby Driver reminds us of her cute side, and Cinderella defines the fairy princess in real life — she is Lily James. 

For those unfamiliar with her, Lily James is a name with a story. In fact, James is not her original surname, but is in memory of her father James Thomson, who passed away from cancer. As she remembers, her childhood is full of memories of singing with dad, which formed the foundation of her performance attitude. When filming the daughter-father scenes in Cinderella, James remembers shedding tears for the memories of days spent with her own father. 


Born into a family of artists in England, which included her musician and actor father, actress mother and maternal grandmother, James started started her own stage career from an early age. 

Before her appearance in Downton Abbey, she had claimed credits in Vernon God Little, Seagull and Othello. As for the “hedonistic” Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, she says, “She lives the world of the flapper — free, wild and young — that energy is intoxicating. It’s nice to inject that into the more controlled ‘Downton’ way of living.” 


At the age of 29, James has been bestowed with many awards, which can be put down to her sheer grit and determination. “In anything, I always give my all. I’m not a good loser,”she confesses. 

After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, James appeared in Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Fast Girls in succession. In 2016, she won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards for her captivating performance in Downton Abbey. 


Though James claimed her fame through Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, her role in the 2013 film Cinderella was what catapulted her into silver screen royalty. In the film, her performance vividly portrays a tough, independent and optimistic princess. After this, Burberry customized a Cinderella perfume for her and enlisted her in high profile campaigns. More big-budget movies were to follow. In June, 2017, her role the heist movie Baby Driver garnered yet more North American fans. In November the same year, her new film Darkest Hour won wide acclaim. 


Besides having perseverance and familiarity with hard work, James puts success down to having the good fortune of working with industry moguls. After her cooperation with Kate Blanchett and Gary Oldman, this year she will join Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in Mama Mia! 2. The new movie will tell the story of a “love reunion” on a miraculous Greek island where past and present intertwine. In this movie, James will showcase her beautiful voice on the screen — and we can’t wait to hear it. 

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