A FORMER Tring pupil is filming the lead role for a movie directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Lily James will play Cinderella in the Disney film, alongside Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden as Prince Charming and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.

The 24-year-old studied Musical Theatre at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, where she boarded until she was 18.

She credits her time there as giving her the foundations of a successful acting career, gaining confidence and self esteem.

She counts a group of Tring Park alumni as her best friends. Lily said: “I am still amazed at the success I have had since leaving Tring Park. I credit my time there as really giving me the grounding and acting skills to succeed in the world of entertainment. They encouraged me to be confident in my abilities, while nurturing my dedication and drive for acting.”

Since leaving Tring she has worked consistently; appearing in the film, the Wrath of the Titans, TV shows such as The Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Just William and performing in the stage production of Playhouse by Martin Crimp at the Richmond Orange Tree theatre and in Othello with The Wire actor Dominic West in Sheffield.

However, she is probably best known for her role as Lady Rose McClare in Downton Abbey, the third Tring Park pupil to appear in the highly successful TV drama.

Stefan Anderson, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts principal, said: “We are delighted with Lily’s success and the range of her work from Downton to Cinderella shows her amazing talent.

“Our aim at Tring Park is to give our students the technical skills and expertise in their chosen area and encourage their passion for their talent. It is fantastic to see students, like Lily, doing so well in their careers post Tring.”



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