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Lily James — English Rose

Lily James
"“The next Keira Knightley? I'll take that as a complement...”"
Full name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson
DOB: April 5, 1989
Place of birth: Esher, Surrey, England
Occupation: Actress

Lily James facts

  • Plays Blair Waldorf in annoying US TV series Gossip Girl.

  • Lily’s starred in two very different hit TV shows: and The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl.

  • She’s a proper, actual, proper actress, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010.

  • Her grandmother played the voice of Mother, the spaceship’s computer in Alien.

Why we love Lily James

If you’re a fan of uptight, upper-class Victorian ladies spilling out of their petticoats as they breathlessly succumb to the sins of the flesh, then we heartily recommend you check out Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey. And if you can’t bear to sit through any of ITV’s period-drama mega-hit – even if it does mean you get to see Lily flare her nostrils in a pent-up sexual manner – then you may prefer to revisit The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, in which Lily played Poppy, a character who wasn’t in the same ‘line of business’ as Billie Piper’s Hannah, but had her fair share of steamy scenes nonetheless.

And if you prefer fire-breathing dragons to bodice-ripping sex scenes – you big ol’ geeky weirdo – Lily also puts in an appearance as Korrina in Hollywood blockbuster Wrath Of The Titans. Is there any period of history – fictional or otherwise – that she can’t look fit in?

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