Before Lily James dazzles as the belle of the ball on the big screen this month, now is the perfect time to learn more about the Cinderella star who’s capturing everyone’s attention.
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Lily has been busy making the press rounds for her buzzed-about movie, and at the LA premiere.
She told us what it was like to transform into Cinderella, gushing over the gorgeous dress she wore for the film. Meanwhile, she certainly doesn’t need any style advice herself, as she’s already become fashion’s newest It girl. Ahead of Cinderella’s release on March 13, get to know more about Lily James, who’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest breakout stars.
She Was Born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson
Lily is the daughter of the late actor James Thomson, and she took her stage name to honor her father.
Lily grew up in Surrey, and the English actress has already been dubbed “the next Keira Knightley.“
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She’s a Middle Child
Lily has two brothers, one older and one younger, and for her birthday each year, she’d go to London with her parents and her brothers to see a musical.
She Hit the Stage Before Hitting the Big Screen
It’s been a quick rise to stardom for the 25-year-old English actress. After she graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, she took on a series of stage roles before appearing in 2012’s Wrath of the Titans and Fast Girls.
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She Won Over Fans on Downton Abbey
Fans of the TV show Downton Abbey recognize Lily for her role as Lady Rose MacClare.
She’s a Natural Brunette
Lily James has naturally brown hair, but she dyed it for her role on Downton Abbey — and those blond locks helped her get noticed for a Cinderella audition.
Lily is dating a fellow Brit — 32-year-old actor Matt Smith. Don’t expect her to talk about her personal life too often, though, as she told InStyle UK, “In regards to your love life, you’re just entering into a whole of pain if you talk about it. If you’ve never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong.”
She’s Already Getting Accolades
At the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London, Lily nabbed the next breakthrough award.
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She’s Friends With Other Famous Brits
Scroll through Lily’s Instagram feed and you’ll find photos of the actress alongside stars like Douglas Booth and Suki Waterhouse.
She Adores Her Prince Charming
At the Cinderella premiere in LA, Lily gushed about her costar Richard Madden, calling him the “perfect” Prince Charming. -popsugar