EVENING STANDARD – The British actress, 28, said that taking on the role of Elizabeth Layton in the new biopic was a refreshing change following turns on the big screen in Baby Driver and Cinderella and in TV shows Downton Abbey and War And Peace.

“It was just really great for me and refreshing to play a character where her storyline wasn’t about falling in love with a man and getting engaged and married,” she told the Standard.

“It was about a woman who was ferociously dedicated and she adored Churchill. She was aware that she was in the presence of this great man, but her focus was her work and getting it right and being a really crucial part of the whole war effort.”

She stars opposite Gary Oldman, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Churchill, and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, who plays his wife, Clementine.

James said: “With Clemmie she was right there with him all the way through, his support, his courage, and gave him the strength to be the leader that he was. And with Elizabeth and all the other women who worked down in the War Rooms, they were right there, without them things wouldn’t have happened: telegrams wouldn’t have been sent, speeches wouldn’t have been written.”

Playing a real-life character felt like a much bigger responsibility than a fictitious role, she said.

“It’s feels similar to when I play literary characters because you have this book of information and you know what their thoughts are because you can read it,” she explained.

“In a way when you’re playing a character in a book you don’t want to let down the readers and the people who have imagined this character and then with playing a real-life person you think that her children might watch the film so you don’t want to do her an injustice — it feels very important.”

Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright, the British filmmaker behind Atonement and 2005’s Pride & Prejudice.

James said: “Initially I started talking about the film because I was so excited about the prospect of working with Joe Wright. He’s someone I really looked up to and Gary Oldman as Churchill is an insanely brilliant thing. Then I started reading Elizabeth Layton’s book and I was so drawn to her and her experiences and this different perspective on Churchill, it was a much more intimate view of him from her eyes. She was an incredible woman, so dedicated and committed to Churchill. She was witnessing history unfold and was the first person to hear these speeches, so it was a real thrill.”

Darkest Hour is out on January 12.

Lily looked gorgeous on Monday night (December 11) at the London premiere of Darkest Hour, held at the Odeon in Leicester Square. Outside was freezing but nevertheless Lily wore a beautiful sleek black and white Burberry gown.

Several photos from the premiere have now been added in our gallery, be sure to check them!


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Public Appearances > 2017 > ‘Darkest Hour’ London Premiere [+393]

ITV – A film based on the famous book ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ has had its released date revealed.

The film, called ‘Guernsey’, is set in the island in the aftermath of Word War II and will premiere in cinemas on April 20th next year.

The adaptation, which stars Downtown Abbey actress Lily James and Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman, was directed by Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Mike Newell.

The screenplay was adapted from the Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows international best-selling novel about a journalist who decides to write about an island book club which formed during the war.

The book sold 7.5 million copies in 37 countries.

The first promotional poster from Lily’s new movie Darkest Hour has just been released thanks to Empire Online!

EMPIRE ONLINE – Gary Oldman underwent a fairly radical transformation to play Winston Churchill in forthcoming World War II drama Darkest Hour – and with the film fast approaching the hour of its release date, we’ve managed to get our hands on some rather handsome world exclusive new character posters.

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Joe Wright is behind the camera for this one, focusing on Churchill’s early years as the British prime minister, navigating the bleak early phases of World War II.

Darkest Hour arrives in UK cinemas on 12 January, following an awards-qualifying run in the US starting 22 November this year.

Lily is featured in the newest issue of Grazia Italia (September 07) with a brand new interview and some unseen outtakes from the Baby Driver promotional photoshoot. The scans, outtakes and a new promotional photo from her campaign My Burberry Blush have now been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > Grazia Italia (September 07)
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2017 > Session 006
Other Projects > Ad Campaigns > Burberry (2016-) > My Burberry Blush (Promotional Shot)

Back on Wednesday (June 21) Lily together with Ansel Elgort and all the cast of Baby Driver, attended the European premiere of the movie at Cineworld Leicester Square in London.

Lily looked really gorgeous in a bespoke Burberry light blue gown by Christoper Bailey with black velvet straps detailing. More than 400 photos from the event have now been added to the gallery! More updates are coming so be sure to stay tuned, and enjoy!


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Public Appearances > 2017 > ‘Baby Driver’ London Premiere

On Wednesday night (June 14) Lily attended the Los Angeles Premiere of her new movie Baby Driver, together with all the cast and director Edgar Wright. She looked gorgeous in an Ulyana Sergeenko dress!

Several photos from the red carpet and after party have now been added to the gallery (thanks to our friend Elise for her donation), enjoy!


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Public Appearances > 2017 > ‘Baby Driver’ Los Angeles Premiere
Public Appearances > 2017 > ‘Baby Driver’ Los Angeles Premiere – After Party

A couple of days ago we posted about Lily’s new editorial + interview for DuJour magazine, now digital scans from the issue have been added to the gallery. The photoshoot looks great! Make sure to check them out and please, credit us if you repost/share them.

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > DuJour (Summer)