LILY JAMES AND HER FAIRYTALE 2014 AHEAD

BATD ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 4:04 pm

Lily James.

Lily James.

Lily James thus far is best known for her role as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, but there is a lot more to come this year from the latest English rose.

Lily’s obsession with acting came at an early age when she enrolled at the Arts Educational School in Tring. She pursued her ambitions at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which she graduated from in 2010.

Once in the big wide world outside of education Lily angled her aims at the theatre. One of her first jobs was taking on the role of Katrina in Play House. She also took on the part of Desdemona in a production of Othello directed by Daniel Evans that played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. She has also starred alongside Dominic West and Clarke Peters in a production of Tanya Ronda’s stage adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little, which was directed by Rufus Norris.

Lily James.

Lily James.

In the year that Britain played host to the Olympic Games, Lily earned her first film credit as Korrina in Noel Clarke’s Fast Girls, which made use of the national excitement surrounding the games to earn interest and acclaim. The movie followed the rivalries and drama of a group of girls training to compete in the World Championships as athletes. Lily had to push her fitness for the part, and displayed a well-honed set of abs throughout the film. Not jealous at all of course!

Next came the Wrath of the Titans which saw Lily surrounded by an A list cast that would be enough to daunt even the most confident of new acting talents. The film boasted a cast list that included Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike and Liam Neeson. Need we say more?

Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey.

Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey.

But it was her television credentials that really earned Lily James her notoriety during 2013. No we’re not talking about her role as Poppy in ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, although that series was never short of headlines. No, we’re referring to the rather more straight-laced Downton Abbey, in which Lily wreaked havoc as Lady Rose. It was enough to bring her to the attention of Kenneth Branagh, who rather conveniently was in the process of pulling together a team for the latest version of Cinderella. After various casting rumours flying around concerning Emma Watson, it was announced that Lily James would be taking on the title role.

Lily James as Cinderella in a shot released from the forthcoming film.

Lily James as Cinderella in a shot released from the forthcoming film.

Needless to say Disney’s new Cinderella character is set to be the role of Lily’s career that is sure to catapult her to Hollywood fame. The movie is also set to star Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s mother, Helena Bonham Carter as her Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, Derek Jacobi as the King and Richard Madden as Prince Charming.

Watch the trailer for Fast Girls below.

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