Interviews Photoshoots

I have updated the gallery with two more beautiful outtakes from Lily’s photoshoot for The Hollywood reporter. You can read her interview below and watch the behind the scenes videos here and here. Enjoy!

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Downton Abbey has yet to launch a major film star, but that could change with Lily James, whose work as troublemaker Lady Rose landed her the lead in Disney’s live-action Cinderella, out March 13 from director Kenneth Branagh. The English stage actress (her father is late actor James Thomson) also will be seen in Screen Gems’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Bradley Cooper’s chef movie and BBC’s War and Peace miniseries, which she’s shooting in Russia.

How did you get the role of Cinderella?
It was the longest and most intense audition process I’ve done. I went in for one of the sisters, but I had dyed my hair blond for Downton, so they said I should read for Cinderella. I did loads of rounds, did screen tests with live mice and met with Ken to talk about his vision.

What childhood memories do you have of the Disney princesses?
I remember going to Disneyland when I was a little kid and meeting the princesses and just feeling like it was everything to me. I had a little Minnie Mouse autograph book and I met these girls that were probably teenagers dressed up in the costumes. It was a real moment as I was growing up.

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Magazine scans

Added two high quality scans of from the latest issue of Empire magazine.

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Lily graces the cover of the April issue of ASOS magazine. I have added high quality digital scans to the gallery (you can find the photoshoot here). Make sure to check them out and to watch the behind the scenes video below, Lily is adorable!

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Television War And Peace

Magazine scans

With many thanks to Lindsey, I have been able to add high quality scans of Lily in the February 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. You can find the outtakes here.


EXPRESS – FILMING has began on a landmark TV adaption of the epic Tolstoy novel War and Peace.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, War and Peace will be told over six one-hour episodes and is to be directed by Peaky Blinder’s Tom Harper.

Featuring an all-star cast the BBC One show will be fronted by Downton Abbey star Lily James as Natasha Rostova while Pierre Bezukhov will be portrayed by Paul Dano.

Speaking of the opportunity, Lily said: “I am very excited and privileged to be playing Natasha, in this co-production between BBC and The Weinstein Company, of Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace. It is amazing to be part of such a prestigious cast and to appear in such a beautiful and rich adaptation by Andrew Davies.”

Jim Broadbent will play Prince Bolkonsky and Gillian Anderson stars as Anna Pavlovna.

The formidable line up will also include The Thick Of It’s Rebecca Front as Anna Mikhailovna, The Missing’s Ken Stott as Bazdeev, and Cilla’s Aneurin Barnard and as Boris.

Comedian Ade Edmondson will also make and appearance, as will Happy Valley villain James Norton who said: “I’m thrilled to be entrusted with Andrei in this exciting adaptation.

He added: “It’s a privilege to bring to life one of Tolstoy’s wonderfully rich and conflicted characters. And to get to work alongside talents such as Tom Harper, Andrew Davies, Lily James and Paul Dano is very exciting – I can’t wait to get started.”

War and Peace tells the story of the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic familiesNapoleon’s tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion, which serves as the backdrop for

The series will be filmed on location in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania and will bring the classic to life for a modern audience on a truly epic scale.

The TV mini-series will hit screens in 2016.


YAHOO – For her role as Ella in Disney’s forthcoming movie “Cinderella”, actress Lily James prepared herself by indulging in yoga as well as reading on people like Indian icon Mahatma Gandhi, known for his non-violence movement against British rule.

In a promotional interview for “Cinderella”, which releases in India March 20, James has opened up about how she prepared for her role as Ella, who, even under the cruellest of circumstances, manages to maintain goodness, purity and positivity.

“I started taking horseriding lessons six weeks before shooting began, and I tried to start living healthily, doing a lot of yoga to try and get the kind of posture and grace and elegance that Ella would have had.
“I also did a lot of research on spirituality and read up on people like Gandhi who have been able to deal with life in a way that I knew I never could. But I wanted to make Ella seem as real as possible and didn’t want to just play that state,”
said the actress, known for her role as Lady Rose in the show “Downton Abbey”.

The story of Cinderella has been told and retold over the years. So what makes her movie different?

“What’s different about our film is that the characters and storylines have really been beefed up, and it’s not just about Cinderella being rescued by a prince, but it’s about two people who are perfect for each other, who are going to have courage in being kind together and who are going to be very happy together,” she said.

Also, the idea of playing a “princess” seemed “magical” to James.

“It’s a dream role because Cinderella is so special and kind and unique. Plus, we have a great opportunity to create a whole life beyond the fairytale, which is already so beautiful as it is, but making it richer and giving each character their own specific back stories.
“I liked the fact that Ken Branagh (director Kenneth Branagh) wanted to keep it light and magical, much like a fairytale,”
she added.

However, she admits “it was a little terrifying” to play the role at first.

“Everyone has their own perception of ‘Cinderella’ — whether it’s from the animated film or from the storybooks, so you have a big act to follow,” she said.

What made the experience even better was Cate Blanchett playing her stepmother.

“Cate Blanchett is one of my favourite actresses ever, so I was very excited. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with her. She’s just so incredible to watch, so incredibly alive and versatile.”