Downton Abbey Interviews Television Videos


COVER MEDIA – Lily James thinks Cate Blanchett is “everything you want her to be and more”.

The 25-year-old actress stars alongside the screen icon in upcoming movie Cinderella, in which Lily takes on the title role.

She rose to prominence in period drama Downton Abbey and feels the TV show helped set her up for the big part in the real-life Disney remake.

“[Cate is] amazing. She is the coolest woman. [Downton] has so prepared me because, had I not squared up to Maggie Smith, I think that it would have been even more intimidating,” Lily laughed to British magazine Look. “I went straight from Downton Abbey with a weekend off, so I was in a groove. Cate is everything you want her to be and more. She’s the most amazing woman and the most incredible actress.”

This feature will mark Lily’s biggest to date, and means she will be recognized a lot more following its release. But the brunette beauty isn’t worried about the rise in attention and hopes it won’t alter her everyday routine dramatically.

“I don’t really know how much you can prepare for something like that because I feel that it won’t change my life that much. Around the time of the film, it might be a big deal, but after that, I think it will go back to normal,” she added. “I don’t think I am very recognizable, which is probably a purposeful decision because I’m not very good at it. I find it unnerving when someone comes up and knows me and then I feel like I’m being mean because I’m shocked.”

Downton Abbey Interviews Television

TVRAGE – Whilst attending the official press launch for the new series, I was able to catch up with Lily James and find out more about the show and learn her views as to why she thinks the show is so popular.

Downton Abbey is back on itv on Sunday, September 21st at 9pm.

Can we expect any romance for Rose this year?
Maybe, I’m very coy about this. The girls used to find a man, start a life and that was your future. That is inevitably part of Rose’s journey this year.

Can we expect some new alliances this year?
I think there are lots of alliances that build this year and Lady Rose and Lady Mary have a lovely relationship that gets even more strong. Rose really feels Branson and really wants to encourage him to be his own man and put two fingers up to the family. That storyline is really fun to play.

Now that you are starring to appear in films do you think your career will go off in another direction?
It is weird because I don’t feel like it going to change but maybe that is naive. I fell like that you keep plodding along and the best thing about all of this is I’m getting work and as an actor that is all you want.
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Downton Abbey Interviews Television

GLOUCESTER CITIZEN“Hello, I’m really hot and sweaty…” says Lily James, by way of introduction, mid-way through a busy day promoting the new series of Downton Abbey.

Like her rebellious alter ego, Lady Rose MacClare, it seems the actress – who, for the record, looks flawless – isn’t one for airs and graces.

The 25-year-old’s honesty and openness backfired on a recent holiday in south-east Asia, however, when she let slip her day job to a boatload of fellow tourists.

“We all had a few drinks, and people say, ‘What do you do? Oh, you’re an actor, oh really, in what?’ And you’re like, ‘Umm, Downton Abbey’, and they’re like, ‘Argh!’, and you’re stranded on a boat,'” James exclaims.

“From then on, I pretended I worked in a cake shop…”

The actress had better brace herself for even more attention in the months ahead, with a lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Cinderella film (due out next year), and a rumoured romance with former Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

But first things first, there’s a fifth series of Downton to discuss.
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Downton Abbey Interviews Television

RADIO TIMES – Lily James might be running off to Hollywood to find her Prince Charming in Disney’s Cinderella, but the 25-year-old British-born star isn’t saying goodbye to Downton Abbey. At least not just yet.

Despite persistent rumours that the upcoming series, which will kick off on ITV later this month, will be the actress’s last before she heads to America to pursue new film projects, the star has revealed that she hopes she’ll be in Downton series 6.

“I hope to be doing the next series if it happens, for sure,” James told at the launch of the hit ITV period drama’s fifth series.

“You never know what Julian’s going to write,” she admitted, before adding: “I’m obsessed with Downton and I love playing Lady Rose so if there’s another series next year I hope to be in it.”

A sixth series of the drama is yet to be confirmed – news is normally announced around the end of each series – and James says that when the time does come to end Downton Abbey it’ll be “tragic.”

“It’s so interesting to know what happens to this family. It would feel tragic to stop. You want to know how they’re going to turn out,” she said.

Downton Abbey returns to ITV on Sunday 21st September at 9:00pm

Cinderella Interviews Movies Television War And Peace

RADIO TIMES – Cast your mind back to July and – if you’re a hardcore Downton Abbey fan – you may remember rumours abounding that Lily James was set to star in BBC1’s new six-part adaptation of War and Peace.

Well, they’re true. “Yes, I’m doing War and Peace,” the actress confirmed to at the Downton Abbey series five launch event.

Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 epic, the six-part series – penned by Pride and Prejudice and House of Cards screenwriter Andrew Davies – is a co-production with The Weinstein Company and will air on BBC1 in 2015.
Set in 1805 against the backdrop of Alexander I’s reign, the epic novel follows five aristocratic families and the events surrounding Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. There Will Be Blood’s Paul Dano has been rumoured to star alongside James in the role of Pierre Bezukhov – Natasha’s love interest.

James’s star has been firmly on the rise ever since she joined Downton Abbey during the series three Christmas special. Besides her role on the ITV drama, she’s currently filming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and will next be seen playing the lead in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella when it comes to cinemas next March – a project which saw her reunite with Sophie McShera who plays the Crawleys’ kitchen maid Daisy.

“I can’t wait for you to see her in it,” said James. “She looks phenomenal, she’s got the best costumes ever – make up, lashes, hair, ornaments, jewellery – it’s the opposite of Daisy and she’s just amazing in it. People are going to go wild.”


Lily is featured in the latest issue of InStyle magazine. She mostly talks about fashion but she also mentions her ‘Cinderella’ co-star Cate Blanchett.

Cinderella Downton Abbey Interviews Photoshoots

Lily was interviewed by Grazia magazine. The interview is in french but she talks about her dream to play in a historical drama and how surprised she was when she got her role in ‘Downton Abbey’. ‘Cinderella’ and the support from an amazing cast & crew, her future projects and that she wants to play different roles but also talks about acting is what makes her happy. The article featured a new photoshoot now added in our gallery. Enjoy!

D’où vient-elle ?
Élevée dans une famille à la fibre artistique développée, Lily a toujours chanté, dansé, joué : “Mon père et ma grand-mère étaient acteurs, faisaient de la musique dans un groupe… Enfin, pas ensemble !” Elle s’inscrit donc dans une école d’art dramatique à Londres, dont elle sort en 2010. Deux ans plus tard, elle décroche le Graal : le rôle de l’intrépide Lady Rose MacClare dans Downton Abbey. “Je rêvais de jouer dans un drame historique, je suis tellement anglaise. J’ai auditionné en pensant n’avoir aucune chance. J’en ai renversé ma tasse de café quand on m’a dit que c’était bon !”

Où est-elle ?
Dans la cinquième saison de Downtown Abbey qui sera diffusée à la rentrée et, surtout, dans l’adaptation esthétique et forcément lyrique de Cendrillon par Kenneth Branagh, en salle en avril 2015. “C’était un tournage très long, assez éprouvant, et impressionnant, mais j’ai été soutenue par une équipe vraiment incroyable : Stellan Skarsgard, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden et mon idole absolue, Cate Blanchett.”

Où va-t-elle ?
Tourner trois films qui impliquent de la cuisine, du mélodramatique british et… des zombies ! “Je suis pour essayer des choses radicalement différentes.”

Ce qui la freine ?
Un manque de confiance en elle : “Parfois je ne me sens pas assez belle, ou pas à la hauteur, j’ai vraiment besoin du soutien du réalisateur.”

Ce qui la booste ?
Jouer, toujours plus. “Être actrice implique d’autres choses très sympas, mais c’est sur scène ou sur un plateau que je me sens la plus heureuse.”

I tried to translate the article in english, sorry if you see some mistakes. See below:

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