THE TELEGRAPH – Lily James is best known for playing the rebellious society beauty Lady Rose Aldridge in Downton Abbey and Natasha Rostova in the BBC adaptation of War and Peace. Last year, she played the lead in Disney’s Cinderella, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, who directs her again this May in Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre. The 26-year-old was born into stage life: both her father and grandmother were actors, and her partner is the actor Matt Smith. When not abroad, her home is in Hackney, east London.
How often do you travel?
A lot for work; this month I have flown every week between London and the United States, though I try to fit in holidays when I’m not working. Over New Year, I went to Goa in India and stayed in a little beach hut that was cheap and basic, but had all I needed. About 20 friends were there at the same time, so it was insane. We set off fireworks on the beach.
Had you been to India before?
Yes, for a month in a break from drama school. I travelled all over, to Kerala, Mumbai, the Himalayas, on trains. I love Indian trains – and the chai was so good I brought some back, with about 30 rugs, to sell at Columbia Road Market .
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
I like to go somewhere remote, with sunshine. I don’t mind if it’s cold, as long as it’s sunny. Plus, I need lovely people and a good book; I’m reading Young Woman and the Sea about the first woman, Trudy Ederle, to swim the Channel.
Earliest memory of travelling abroad?
Sitting with my two brothers on a brick wall overlooking the beach in Sitges, just outside Barcelona, eating ice cream.
Your most adventurous travel experience?
I recently went with a friend to south-east Asia for a month, which included Luang Prabang in Laos. We did a fantastic trip into the jungle, and cycled along the Mekong river , staying in local villages. In one village they had just one radio, and one night we went to a hut with some young people, and sat in a circle, drinking rice wine and listening to the radio. Although it was at the other end of the world, it reminded me of parties with my friends, sitting around, listening to music, and passing round the booze!Continue Reading
The trailer for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company‘s production of Romeo and Juliet, broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and around the world on Thursday 7 July. Book your tickets now at BranaghTheatreLive.com.
Lily is on the cover of the March issue of Town and Country (USA) magazine. This new photoshoot is gorgeous! Make sure to take a look at the pictures and interview.
Magazine Scans > 2016 > Town and Country (March)
Lily is looking great in the new Glamour UK magazine. Digital scans from their March issue can now be found in our gallery!
Magazine Scans > 2016 > Glamour UK (March)
USA TODAY – Lily James once counted herself among those shocked, positively shocked, that a movie was underway injecting zombies into Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice.
To add injury to insult, the Downton Abbey and Cinderella actress was asked to star in the corpse-infested enterprise.
“When that call came, I thought that this all sounded terrible. They put zombies in Pride and Prejudice? I’m British, being obsessed with Jane Austen is a birthright,” says James. “And then I realized I was just being ignorant. The script was brilliant.”
That was a very bad day for zombies.
James, 26, who had wielded nothing more than tea cups and hairbrushes as Lady Rose on Downton Abbey, transformed into a killing machine for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (in theaters Friday), based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling novel. Her feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, called Liz in the revamped work, wields a lethal sword and dagger on zombie foes.
Actually, all of Austen’s famed five Bennet sisters — including Bella Heathcote as Jane and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty — are like a “lethal Spice Girls,’ says James, wearing a black velvet jumpsuit and towering platform pumps during a talk outside Los Angeles’ London Hotel
Even a classic Regency dance scene turns into mayhem when the undead hordes mess with the Bennet warriors.Continue Reading
MADE IN HOLLYWOOD sits down with Lily James and Bella Heathcote to discuss their latest film, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Lily and ‘Cinderella’ are among the nominees for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, which will be held on March 12 at 8 p.m. Make sure to vote here!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pitch Perfect 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2
Favorite Movie Actress
Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2
Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Lily James, Cinderella
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2