In 2011, Lily James landed a recurring role on the series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. On the show she played Poppy, the daughter of Hannah's (Billie Piper) agent Stephanie (Cherie Lunghi), who gets into some trouble of her own on season four.
James' biggest break was when she became the newest member of the Crawley family on Downton Abbey. The British actress played Lady Rose (beginning in season three), the younger distant cousin to Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), who was only 18 years old, loved to have fun and wasn't exactly lady like. That being said, fans loved her for stirring things up at the estate.
In 2015, the 29-year-old actress became a Disney princess thanks to the live action movie release of Cinderella. She was the titled character and she shined throughout the magical film.
When 19th century England is being overtaken by zombies, the Bennett sisters, one being James' Elizabeth Bennett, must not only protect themselves from the monsters, but must try to navigate the pressures of marrying at the same time in this 2016 movie.
The England native played Debora, Baby's (Ansel Elgort) love interest, in the Oscar-nominated film about a young getaway driver who finds himself working for a crime boss in a heist to end all heists.
The Darkest Hour takes place in the 1940s when the fate of Western Europe rests in the hands of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). He must decide to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight a battle he might not win and only has a few people fully on his side including his assistant Elizabeth Layton (James) and his wife Clemmie (Kristin Scott Thomas).
Based on the best-selling novel by the same name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society tells the story of a writer (James) who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island following World War II. After seeing what the war did to the forgotten island, she decides to write a book about their lives and struggles.
10 years after Mamma Mia! was released, your favorite characters came back with a twist. In 2018's follow-up to the musical film, fans saw what was currently happening with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she prepared to be a mother, while getting a glimpse into the past in order to see what Donna (Meryl Streep) was like when she was pregnant. Young Donna is played by James and she fits into those iconic overalls perfectly.