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Read below the full interview of Lily for Town & Country magazine from the Summer 2014 issue. A new outtake has also been added to the gallery.

TOWN & COUNTRY – Thanks to Downton Abbey, Lily James – as Lady Rose – is now a global star. Andrew O’Hagan meets the girl with the world at her feet, and explores how a homegrown drama became an international obsession

Once upon a time in the County of Ayr, a man called Archibald Montgomerie, the 13th Earl of Eglinton, decided to throw a marvellous, romantic pageant, on which he squandered his family’s entire fortune. Over a weekend in August 1839, he put on a tournament that attracted 100,000 people. His estate in Kilwinning was thronged with visitors from all over Britain, coming in carriages, carts, by pony and on foot, the road from Glasgow jammed with people equal in their wish to enjoy the Earl’s historic flight of fancy. Inspired by Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, the jousting was to be witnessed by Napoleon III of France, Princess Esterhazy of Hungary, Count Persigny of France, the Earls of Cassillis and Craven, and the Viscount Glenlyon. But the Eglinton Tournament wasn’t just for the upper orders; the majority of spectators were farmers and tradesmen, captivated by the spectacle of mediaeval chivalry and by a firm belief that the aristocracy offered moral entertainment and instruction, with banners, trumpets and flags.

It rained for three days and the tents were swamped. The fields were deluged, the ladies’ gowns dragged in the mud, and rain filled every goblet. The fantasy descended into chaos as the heavens opened and the people fled. When I was a child, growing up only a mile from Eglinton Castle, I became obsessed with the Tournament. It wasn’t the disaster alone. What I loved to think about, on rainy days in the 1970s, was the romance of it all, the belief invested in such splendour by everyday people. It told a story about class in Britain, a story that is more complicated (and more charming) than mere politics can describe. A part of me wants to hate the terrible waste of money in a time of poverty, but the bigger part sees it as the last, great gasp of the old world before the industrial revolution. Now, the world is enchanted with images of the British country house, the servants, the manners, the notions of order and decency, the intrigue of social differences and how they once played out. Downton Abbey has become a national obsession in the United States and elsewhere, the life of the monied, landed British gentry of the past now seeming almost magical to people who have perhaps come to know a life more ordinary.
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Hi! I have added outtakes from Lily’s latest photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar with her ‘Downton Abbey’ co-stars.

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HARPER’S BAZAAR – Go behind the scenes with the female cast of Downton Abbey during their cover shoot for the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Shot against the beautiful backdrop of Firle Place in Sussex, watch as photographer Alexi Lubormirski captures the actresses in a series of beautiful gowns and fine jewellery, listen to interviews with actresses Laura Carmichael and Lily James, and witness the theatrical photo shoot come to life – from hair and make-up, to costume, set and lighting.

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HARPER’S BAZAAR – Five series in, and Downton Abbey remains one of the most successful and captivating dramas on TV, with 120 million viewers worldwide. In our August issue, we catch up with its stellar cast of actresses.

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Whatever their place in the story – upstairs, downstairs, or in a lady’s chamber – women reign supreme in this most triumphantly successful of television dramas. Bazaar meets the stellar cast of actresses as they gather together again for a fifth series of the globally acclaimed show

The room is suddenly alive. ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’ is pulsing through the speakers and the ladies of Downton Abbey have started to foot-tap and hip-sway and, in the case of Mrs Hughes the housekeeper, perform an impressive shimmy, arms swinging at her sides, not quite the full Beyoncé but not far off. Except she isn’t Mrs Hughes today, she’s herself, the actress Phyllis Logan, and for once she gets to wear a posh frock and be in the same room as her mistresses, Ladies Cora, Mary, Edith, Rose. They have all (well, nearly all; just Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton are missing) been meticulously arranged for a group photograph in the drawing-room of Firle Place in Sussex. Logan to the left, Michelle Dockery (Mary) central, Lily James (Rose) elegantly stretched on the floor – nine women in floor-length gowns – and the sudden wave of movement is like a painting coming to life. Finally, they are still and – click – they’re captured.

When you see all these women together, you realise how, both upstairs and downstairs at Downton Abbey, it is the women who rule. Carson and Lord Grantham are officially in charge of their respective domains, but there’s a growing sense in both places that the women are staging a kind of benign takeover, finding their roles in a mid-1920s Britain that is very gradually warming to the idea that women might, after all, have something to offer beyond child-bearing and adorning a dinner table, that they might have something to say.
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Photoshoots

As you know, Lily is in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine and I have added the photoshoot in our gallery.

Lily James (right)
Hometown: London. Age: 25. Up next: The lead in Cinderella, with Cate Blanchett. Favorite app: Cycle Planner. Last TV binge watch: Breaking Bad. Starbucks order: Black coffee. Favorite sneakers: Converse. Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift: Miley. Can’t live without on set: A book.

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A gorgeous new photoshoot of the lovely Lily can be found in our gallery!

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On the July issue of Vanity Fair, cover star Shailene Woodley headlines a portfolio of up-and-coming stars we like to call “The New Wave.” Photographed by Miguel Reveriego, these rising talents have a huge variety of major projects on the horizon, from new spins on classic fairy tales to high-profile sequels to some of the summer’s biggest potential blockbusters. And they come with just as much variety in their backgrounds; some, like Jaden and Willow Smith, are children of Hollywood royalty, while others, like Jack Reynor and Eve Hewson, have traveled from overseas to work with some of our biggest directors. No matter where these actors and actresses came from, we only see them going one place from here: Up. And up. And up. See them all in the July issue—available this week on newsstands in New York and L.A. and for download in the digital edition—and scroll down for a sample of what’s inside.

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