Interviews Photoshoots

Lily is InStyle’s cover girl for January 2015 and you can read below an excerpt from her interview. You will also find a new photoshoot, now in our gallery! On newsstands on November 4.

Downton Abbey’s Lily James seems to be taking over the world. Not only has she scored the lead role as Cinderella in Disney’s live action film alongside Cate Blanchett, she’s also nabbed the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the long-awaited Pride And Prejudice And Zombies plus she’s been cast as Anastacia by Harvey Weinstein in his adapation of War and Peace. That’s in-between working the red carpet, hanging out on the front row at fashion week and date nights with Matt Smith.

On filming Cinderella…
‘At one point, it all became too much and then Helena Bonham Carter said to me, “have one breakdown a week; it makes people know you’re not a robot and remember that you’re human.”‘

On dating Matt Smith…
‘ …in regards to your love life, you’re just entering into a whole of pain if you talk about it. If you’ve never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong.’

On watching Downton Abbey with her family at Christmas time…
‘Downton’s taken over; suddenly rather than playing charades and getting more drunk, we sit and watch me, which is quite bizarre.’


I have updated the gallery with two new photos from the Sunday Times Style magazine (2012).

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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Interviews Photoshoots

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.

Interviews Photoshoots

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.

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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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.