Lily James Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Lily James Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson (born 5 April 1989) is an English actress better known by her stage name Lily James. She began her career in the British television series Just William after studying acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (2010). Following her role in the period drama Downton Abbey (2012–2015), her film debut was as the title character in Cinderella (2015).

James went on to play Countess Natasha Rostova in the War & Peace television adaptation (2016) and Pamela Anderson in the biographical series Pam & Tommy (2022). In 2022, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. She has appeared in several films, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Baby Driver (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Yesterday (2019), Rebecca (2020), and The Dig (2020). (2021).

Early years

Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson was born on 5 April 1989 in Esher, Surrey, the daughter of actress Ninette Mantle and musician James "Jamie" Thomson. She has one older and one younger brother. Helen Horton, her paternal grandmother, was an American actress. Her maternal grandmother was French and fled her village near Paris due to the Nazis before marrying James' grandfather, an RAF minister. James graduated from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010 after finishing her studies at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. She later signed with Tavistock Wood management in London.


Ethel Brown in the BBC production of Richmal Crompton's Just William in 2010, Poppy in the fourth series of ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011), and Lady Rose Aldrige in Downton Abbey are among her television credits. Lady Rose appeared as a main character in the fourth and fifth series of the show. In the series finale, James also appeared as Lady Rose.

In 2011, James played Taylor in Tanya Ronder's stage adaptation of the novel Vernon God Little, directed by Rufus Norris at the Young Vic Theatre, Nina in Russell Bolam's modern adaptation of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse, and Desdemona in Daniel Evans' production of Othello at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, with Dominic West and Clarke Peters.

In 2012, as part of the Orange Tree Theatre's 40th anniversary, James played Katrina in Play House and Marijka in Definitely the Bahamas in a double-bill written and directed by Martin Crimp at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. "It is performed with a persuasive mixture of mischief and deeper feeling by Obi Abili and Lily James, the latter combining a mixture of neuroticism and glowing sexual allure that proves extraordinarily potent," wrote Charles Spencer of The Telegraph. James played Korrina in the Warner Brothers film Wrath of the Titans and starred in Noel Clarke's Fast Girls, which revolved around a group of young female athletes competing in the World Championships.

In Kenneth Branagh's 2015 live-action Disney film Cinderella, James portrayed Cinderella. Annie Leibovitz photographed James as Cinderella in the blue gown she wears to the ball for the December 2014 issue of Vogue. In the end credits, James also made her singing debut, singing "Sing Sweet Nightingale," "Lavender's Blue," and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from the 1950 animated film.

At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, James promoted Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

In 2016, she returned to television as Natasha Rostova in the BBC historical drama series War & Peace. She also appeared in her second major film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as Elizabeth Bennet in a parody of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It received mixed reviews and did not make a profit at the box office. In 2016, James played Juliet in Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre.

She appeared in several major films in 2017. In Edgar Wright's action film Baby Driver, she portrayed Debora, the love interest of the main character, Baby. In Joe Wright's war drama film Darkest Hour, she played Elizabeth Layton, a secretary to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman). She also played a British agent posing as a servant to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II in the WWII drama film The Exception.

In the sequel to Mamma Mia!, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, James played the younger version of Meryl Streep's character, Donna Sheridan. The film was released in July of this year. In the same year, James starred as author Juliet Ashton in the 1940s period drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, in which she exchanged letters with residents of Guernsey, an island off the coast of Normandy that was occupied by the Germans during WWII.

In 2019, James co-starred with Gillian Anderson as Eve Harrington in Ivo van Hove's stage adaptation of All About Eve. The play opened to positive reviews on 15 February and will run at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End until 11 May.

In 2020, James played the second Mrs de Winter in Ben Wheatley's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic romance Rebecca, co-starring Armie Hammer. In 2021, she starred as Peggy Piggott in The Dig, a British film directed by Simon Stone and based on John Preston's 2007 novel of the same name. She was cast as Pamela Anderson in the Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy in late 2020.

James was hired as a brand ambassador for the Natural Diamond Council, which promotes naturally sourced diamonds, in September 2022.
James Thomson's father, James Thomson, died of cancer in 2008. When she discovered that there was already an actress named Lily Thomson, she chose her father's first name as her stage name.

From 2014 to 2019, she was in a relationship with former Dr. Who actor Matt Smith, whom she met while working on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

James began dating American musician and songwriter Michael Shuman, a member of the Queens of the Stone Age, in 2021. The couple's relationship was reported to have ended in February 2023.

Acting credits


2012ChemistryInesShort film
Wrath of the TitansKorrina
BrokenOlder Skunk
Fast GirlsLisa Temple
2013The Silent TreatmentThe GirlShort film
2016Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesElizabeth Bennet
The ExceptionMieke de Jong
The Tale of Thomas BurberryBettyShort film
2017Baby DriverDebora
Darkest HourElizabeth Layton
2018Sorry to Bother YouWhite Detroit (voice)Cameo
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyJuliet Ashton
Little WoodsDeb Hale
Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainYoung Donna Sheridan
2019One Red Nose Day and a WeddingMirandaShort film
YesterdayEllie Appleton
Rare BeastsCressida
2020RebeccaMrs de Winter
2021The DigPeggy Piggott
2023What's Love Got to Do with It?Zoe
TBAFinalmente l'albaJosephine EsperantoIn production[29]
TBAThe Iron ClawPam AdkissonFilming[30]


2010Just WilliamEthel Brown4 episodes
2011Secret Diary of a Call GirlPoppy8 episodes
2012–2015Downton AbbeyLady Rose Aldridge née MacClare21 episodes
2016War & PeaceNatasha Rostova6 episodes
2021The Pursuit of LoveLinda Radlett3 episodes and also executive producer
Beauty and the BeastRoseTelevision pantomime[31]
2022Pam & TommyPamela AndersonMiniseries[22]


2011Vernon God LittleTaylorYoung Vic Theatre
OthelloDesdemonaCrucible Theatre
2012The SeagullNinaSouthwark Playhouse
2016Romeo and JulietJulietGarrick Theatre
2019All About EveEve HarringtonNoël Coward Theatre

Awards and nominations

Accolades received by Lily James

Dorian Television Awards2022Best TV PerformancePam & TommyNominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards2022Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or MoviePam & TommyNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards2022Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or MoviePam & TommyNominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards2023Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for TelevisionPam & TommyNominated
Golden Globe Awards2023Best Actress – Limited or Anthology Series or Television FilmPam & TommyNominated
Satellite Awards2023Best Actress in a Miniseries, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionPam & TommyPending
NameLily James
Full NameLily Chloe Ninette Thomson
ProfessionActress, TV Personality
Personal Life
Date of Birth5 April 1989
Age [as of 2022]33 years
BirthplaceEsher, United Kingdom
HometownEsher, United Kingdom
ReligionNot Known
Zodiac SignNot Known
SchoolArts Educational School
CollegeGuildhall School of Music and Drama in London
Highest qualificationGraduated
Physical Stats
Heightin centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5'7"
Weightin kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorLight Brown
Body Measurement34-24-35 inches
Relationships & Affairs
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsFather- James Thomson
Mother- Ninette Thomson
Net Worth (approx.)$8 million

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