Born to an actress mother and a musician father, Lily James was surely had the entertainment genes in her DNA. Her grandmother, Helen Horton, was the voice behind Mother, the computer mainframe in the 1979 film Alien produced by Ridley Scott.
The young star started fulfilling her passion for entertainment on the stage and given her strikingly beautiful looks and inborn prowess for acting, it was not long before she got noticed by casting directors and was consequently cast in television roles before she moved on to the big screen. Since then, the prolific actress has appeared in a good number of films and television series which have earned her international recognition.
Lily Chloe Ninette James was born into the Thomson family on the 5th of April 1989 in Esher, Surrey, UK. She is of mixed ancestry with German, Scottish, French and English roots. The versatile actress comes from a long line of entertainers; her mother, Ninette Thomson was an actress while her father, James Thomson was a musician.
Lily James attended Arts Educational School Tring before she moved on to Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she majored in acting, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010. Not long after graduation, the emerging actress signed on with Tavistock Wood management in London and her career in the entertainment industry took off from there.
On learning that another actress with the name Lily Thomson already existed in the entertainment industry, Lily took on her father’s first name ‘James’. This was viewed by fans as a tribute to her father who died in of cancer in 2008.
Movies and TV Series
Lily James is recognized as a talented and prolific actress with appearances in both film and television. She made her television debut with Just Williams (2010), portraying the character of Ethel Brown. She followed it up with a recurring role in the popular series Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011). The actress then got international attention when she was cast as Lady Rose in the critically acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey (2012- 2015). Lily James also portrayed Natasha Rostova in War and Peace (2016).
Her stage credits include as Taylor in Vernon God Little and Desdemona in Othello. She was cast as Nina in The Seagull and played the starring role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (2016). The versatile actress is set to appear as Eve Harrington in 2019’s All About Eve.
Her stint on the big screen is seemingly endless. She made her film debut in 2012, playing the role of Ines in Chemistry. Later, she starred as Korina in Wrath of the Titans, Older skunk in Broken and Lisa Temple in Fast Girls. Her breakthrough role came when she landed the titular role in 2015’s Cinderella. That same year, she played the role of Sara in Burnt. She went on to do more in 2016 with her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lily James was then cast as Mieke de Jong in The Exception before playing the role of Betty in The Tale of Thomas Burbery.
The young star also appeared in the critically acclaimed and successful hits of 2017 – Baby Driver and Darkest Hour. In 2018, she appeared in four different movies titled Sorry to Bother You, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Little Woods and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Lily James’ net worth has been pegged at a tidy $4 million. However, it cannot be ascertained how much she charges for movies since she is still considered an up-and-comer. Her estimated net worth is a result of her thriving career.
Lily James’ Boyfriend
Lily James is currently in a relationship with British Actor, Matt Smith, who is best known for his roles in Doctor Who and The Crown. Being the youngest person cast to play the titular ‘Doctor’ in Doctor Who, the actor has gained fame and popularity as a result. He has also appeared in Terminator: Genysis, Patient Zero, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
Matt and Lily began dating in June 2014 after they met on the set of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and have been inseparable ever since.
Height And Weight
The beautiful actress, who sports a slim body build, stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs a commensurate 55 kg (121 lb) in body mass. Her general body statistics are listed as 34-24-35 which is broken down as bust – 34 in, waist – 24 in and hips – 35 in.