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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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Cinderella Movies Videos

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Cinderella Movies Videos

Watch the brand new ‘Cinderella’ featurette “Classic Love Story”, featuring Lily and Richard Madden.

Cinderella Movies Videos

Cinderella Movies

6 high quality behind the scenes pictures of Lily on the set of ‘Cinderella’ have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

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Magazine scans

I have added one scan of Lily featuring in the March issue of Vanity Fair for their “Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood portfolio” with ‘Cinderella’ co-star Richard Madden and director Kenneth Branagh. You can watch the video here.