Lily James was born on 5 April 1989 in Esher, Surrey. The English actress’ stage name is Lily James but her original name is Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson. She is known for Wrath of the Titans, Broken and Downton Abbey. Her latest movie is Cinderella.
She started studying at the Arts Educational School in Tring, but then decided to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2010.
After her graduation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, James, who adopted her surname from her father’s first name, quickly won notable parts on the British stage, including playing Desdemona opposite Clarke Peters’ Othello in a high-profile version of William Shakespeare’s tragic play. Given her innate talent for drama and strikingly beautiful looks, it was not long before she landed television roles, initially playing big sister to the young lead character on the English family comedy “Just William” (BBC One, 2010).
Lily began her professional acting career as Ethel Brown in the 2010 BBC production of Just William. In 2011 and 2012, she earned warm reviews in several London theatre productions. She began to appear in Hollywood films in 2012, with roles in Wrath of the Titans and Fast Girls, and was seen in further television roles. She has been cast to star in the title role of the 2015 Disney film Cinderella.