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More promotional pictures and stills from the first episode of ‘Downton Abbey’ have been added to the gallery.


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Cinderella Movies

Lily James’ Cinderella is riding a horse, prancing through a meadow in this first look at Disney’s live-action fairy tale.

Cinderella is under the direction of Kenneth Branagh and stars James in the lead princess role. Richard Madden is Prince Charming, Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother (who will first appear in the movie as an old beggar), and Cate Blanchett is Lady Tremaine. The movie opens in theaters March 13, 2015.

As part of today’s announcement, Branagh commented on the cast that he and Disney have assembled:

“It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we’ve all grown up watching,” Branagh said in a press release. “And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker. With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”

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In a press release, Disney revealed the official synopsis:

The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Downton Abbey Television

Yesterday, ‘Downton Abbey’ was back on television in UK for a new season! And I have added high definition screen captures of Lily as Lady Rose MacClare to the gallery.

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Downton Abbey Interviews Television

Downton Abbey’s Lily James thinks brunettes have more fun.

The 24-year-old actress plays Lady Rose MacClare in the popular period drama.

For the role, Lily even changed her naturally brown hair to blonde.

It’s a decision she wasn’t entirely comfortable with and she knows exactly which color she prefers.

“Brunettes have more fun!” she assured British magazine OK!

Starring alongside Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, Lily wears some amazing clothes on the show.

Just like her hair, the costumes took some getting used to.

“To be honest, I didn’t like the style of the ’20s at first,” she admitted.

“I thought it was boyish and that it suited a skinny frame and I have curves. Also I’m a brunette and I’ve gone blonde for the show, so I’ve changed a lot.”

Caroline McCall is currently the costume designer for Downton Abbey, following in the footsteps of Susannah Buxton and Rosalind Ebbutt.

She’s won an Emmy for her work on the show and Lily can see why.

“The costume designer is a genius. Sometimes I have five pairs of tights on to get the right color,” she marveled.

Many of the show’s scenes include a sumptuous dinner table.

While the lavish feast might look great, it wreaks havoc on the cast’s waistline.

“The food’s so good and when you start a scene you think, ‘OK, I’ll eat this sausage,’ and then you have to repeat that for the rest of the day. Your diet’s ruined and every mouthful’s torture!” Lily laughed.

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Downton Abbey Interviews Television

Lily James has confessed she still has to remind herself that her role in Downton Abbey is not a dream.

The 24-year-old actress plays naughty cousin Lady Rose in the ITV drama, who is sent to live at Downton Abbey in the new series so the Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) can keep an eye on her.

Lily said: “I still feel a bit like, ‘Am I really in this show?’ It’s such a HUGE thing and it’s so great and it’s just a brilliant drama.

“I watched it, and to be in it and a part of the whole series is absolutely wonderful, and it’s been a great opportunity for me because I’m just starting out.

“It’s not my first job, but Downton feels like your first job, because it’s so huge it’s like nothing else mattered before!”

The new series sees the house in mourning after the death of Matthew Crawley, but Lily promised Lady Rose will bring some fun to Downton.

She revealed: “It’s very sombre and sad because Matthew’s died, so she’s trying to behave and fit and then as the series progresses, she’s trying to have fun and live life to the full.

“She’s like a flapper, that wave of passion and dancing and drinking.”

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Downton Abbey Television

Added several high quality stills from episode 2 of ‘Downton Abbey’ series four.

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Downton Abbey Interviews Television

Downton Abbey Interviews Photoshoots Television

New interview and photoshoot for Lily, alongside her ‘Downton Abbey’ co-stars Sophie McShera and Cara Theobold.

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Lady Rose MacClare is the headstrong great-niece of the Dowager Countess, played by Dame Maggie Smith. In the last series we saw her banished to Scotland in disgrace after she embarked on an affair with a married man and was caught in flagrante with him at the notoriously louche Blue Dragon nightclub.

Actress Lily James admits that – like Lady Rose – she is often driven by the heart rather than the head and can be impulsive. ‘A friend once asked me to cat-sit while she was on holiday,’ says Lily, 24, ‘and I fell in love with her cat so much that the day after she collected it, I drove to Essex and bought myself a beautiful black and white kitten, Coco, which was entirely mad as I was away a lot and living a ridiculous nomadic existence. She’s been staying at my mum’s but I’m about to move into a flatshare in South London, so we can be reunited.’

Lady Rose is drawn to adventure like a moth to a flame, so her return south of the border is bound to create a stir. ‘She’s a very strong-willed character. Like a coiled spring waiting to be released, she is desperate to rebel against the strictures of her upbringing.’

Not so Lily, whose grandmother Helen Horton was an actress with roles in films including Alien and Superman 3. Her father, who died in 2000, was also in the business and wrote music and plays. ‘They were both a huge inspiration, and although neither of my two brothers were interested in an acting career, I went to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and loved it.’
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