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Lily James

Lily James (born 5 April 1989) is an English actress, best known for her role in the period TV drama, Downton Abbey

James was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson in Esher, Surrey, England. She began her education at Arts Educational School in Tring and subsequently went on to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2010.

Lily played the role of Katrina in Play House alongside Obi Abili and Marijka, and in Definitely the Bahamas alongside Ian Gelder and Kate Fahy. This is a double bill written and directed by Martin Crimp at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as part of their fortieth anniversary.

Her other theatre credits include Desdemona in Daniel Evans production of Othello at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, alongside Dominic West and Clarke Peters and Ella and Taylor in Vernon God Little at the Young Vic Theatre[3] in a production of Tanya Ronda's stage adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little directed by Rufus Norris. Most recently she starred as Nina in a modern adaptation of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse.

Lily starred in Fast Girls, the 2012 movie directed by Noel Clarke centered around a group of young female athletes competing in the World Championships. Previous to this, James played the role of Korrina in Warner Brothers the Wrath of the Titans, where she appeared alongside Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson.

Her television credits include Poppy in the fourth season of ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper, the BBC production of Richmal Crompton's Just William with Daniel Roche and the third season of popular British series Downton Abbey. [4]

In April 2013, James was cast as the title character in a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney's Cinderella

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Screening of Fast Girls Hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes

May 27, 2012

In this photo: Dame Kelly Holmes, Lenora Crichlow, Dominique Tipper, Lashana Lynch, Lily James

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