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LILY JAMES (Ellie) is one of the most in-demand young British actresses working today. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010, James has caught the industry's imagination with performances across stage and screen with a succession of iconic roles such as Cinderella, Natasha Rostova and Juliet. She is comfortable across all mediums, moving between film, theater and television.

James can currently be seen back on stage in Ivo van Hove's West End production of All About Eve, starring opposite Gillian Anderson. The show re-imagines the classic Joseph L. Mankiewicz tale of Broadway backstabbers Eve Harrington (James) and Margo Channing (Anderson). It runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until May.

It's been announced that James is set to star in Netflix and Working Title's Rebecca, alongside Armie Hammer. This adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic Gothic novel will be written by Jane Goldman and directed by Ben Wheatley. James takes on the role of Mrs. de Winter, a newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her new husband's deceased first wife. Production will begin later this year.

James was most recently seen in the summer hit Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! as Young Donna, alongside Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Jeremy Irvine, Dominic Cooper and Pierce Brosnan. The sequel to the 2008 musical comedy Mamma Mia! was released last summer with James receiving high praise for her role. Last year, she also appeared in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mike Newell's adaptation of The New York Times best seller of the same name. The story was set in the aftermath of World War II and saw James in the role of journalist Juliet Ashton who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric society when she decides to write about the book club.

Last year, James also shot the indie flick Little Woods in Austin, Texas. The film was the directorial debut of Nia DaCosta, who also wrote the script. James and Tessa Thompson play sisters who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and was released in the U.S. in April 2019.

The year 2017 saw James in the award-winning Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour, which saw Gary Oldman in the role of Churchill. The drama was directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) and produced by Working Title. James played the Prime Minister's personal secretary Elizabeth Layton opposite Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. June 2018 also saw James star in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, where she played the role of Deborah, girlfriend of music-loving getaway driver Baby, played by Ansel Elgort. The heist movie with a twist also starred Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm.

The year 2016 was fantastic for James with a variety of roles marking her versatility. She took on the much-heralded role of Natasha Rostova in War & Peace (BBC) for which she received glowing reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter remarking upon her performance: "James takes Natasha believably from nervous teen to radiant young adult." James was then seen in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the quirky re-imagining of Jane Austen's classic. She played Elizabeth Bennett opposite a stellar cast of young British actors, including Douglas Booth, Matt Smith and Sam Riley. On stage, James took on the role of Juliet opposite Richard Madden as Romeo, in Kenneth Branagh's acclaimed staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

James' breakout film role was in Disney's award-winning worldwide hit Cinderella, directed by Branagh. She was praised for her magical turn as the Disney icon. The cast included Cate Blanchett as the evil Stepmother and Richard Madden as the Prince.

In 2012, James joined the cast of Golden Globe Award and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-winning period drama Downton Abbey, in which she played the mischievous Lady Rose for three seasons. Other notable films include Wrath of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes; Burnt, starring alongside Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper; and the Noel Clarke-penned sports drama Fast Girls.

Upon graduating from drama school, James cut her teeth on stage. Most notably in the leading role of Taylor in the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated production of Vernon God Little, directed by Rufus Norris at the Young Vic Theatre. Her performance as Desdemona in Daniel Evans' stage production of Othello, which also starred West, was much celebrated with one reviewer stating, "We may have a new star actress on our hands... She left drama school only last year, yet she practically sweeps all before her."


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