Lily James discusses how she prepared for her role in ‘Cinderella’, which included horseback riding, yoga, and ballroom dancing. She credits Helena Bonham Carter for giving her the most encouragement during filming.

Lily is featured in the March issue of W magazine. You can now find one high quality scan and a new photoshoot in our gallery. Enjoy!

I have udpated the gallery with an outtake from the Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Portfolio 2015, featuring Lily, Richard Madden and Kenneth Branagh.

I have added one portrait of Lily during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival.

Three more outtakes from the New York Post photoshoot have been added to the gallery. It’s definitely one of my favorites, enjoy!

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Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 040

NEW YORK POST – When Lily James arrived to audition for Disney’s new live-action movie “Cinderella,” she intended only to try out for the role of ugly stepsister.

“I thought it would be interesting to play an off-center character who doesn’t have to be pretty,” James, 25, recalls. But a casting director took one look at her heaps of blond locks and urged her to read for the starring role.

James glanced at the character synopsis on the spot and suddenly found herself desperate to slip on the glass slipper. After six grueling auditions, she won the part — and a chance to dance with Hollywood’s A-list.
“I am completely aware of how lucky I am,” says the charming starlet, who’s best known for stealing scenes as rebellious Lady Rose MacClare on “Downton Abbey.”

Indeed, James’ life of late reads like a true Cinderella tale — complete with audacious changes of fortune (and fashion: She’s a natural brunette who fortuitously lightened her mane for “Downton”), tragic losses and a real-life Prince Charming.

Just a year after graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, she snagged rave reviews for her portrayal of Desdemona in “Othello” at England’s Crucible theater. A risqué turn on “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” soon followed and, in 2012, she made a splash with her taboo-breaking “Downton” debut (the show currently airs Sunday evenings on PBS’s “Masterpiece”).

Despite her easy laugh, effervescent eyes and dancing smile, the London-based actress admits to being drawn to shadowy, enigmatic narratives.

“It’s weird when you get roles that coincide with your life,” says James, whose father — the British actor and musician James Thomson — died in 2008 after a battle with cancer. (James, who was born Lily Thomson, took her stage name in his honor.)

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I have added over 50 outtakes of Lily, photographed in 2014. Unfortunately, they are all in MQ and tagged but I hope we’ll be able to have them in good quality soon. For now, you can still enjoy these photos and the lovely Lily in our gallery!

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