People are born everyday. And, naturally, people who grow up to work in the entertainment industry are born everyday. Thus, everyday in this column I write a little something about such a figure on their birthday, highlight a work of theirs and ask you to do the same. This is Happy Birthday.
Today marks the 28th birthday of rising British actress Lily James. Happy birthday to her and on this occasion, what’s your favorite film or TV production starring Lily James?
For a reminder of Lily James’ 21 acting credits, see here.
After beginning her career a mere seven years ago with a role in the BBC series Just William, Lily appeared in roles such as a recurring character in ITV’s Downton Abbey and a minor part in Wrath of the Titans before getting her breakthrough role in 2015 through director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella adaptation for Disney. Last year she flopped in the blink-and-you-missed-it Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but received acclaim for the BBC’s War & Peace. She will next be seen in Edgar Wright’s crime thriller Baby Driver, Joe Wright’s World War II drama Darkest Hour and Mike Newell’s World War II drama Guernsey.
All three of those films sound like something to look forward to, especially Darkest Hour. As for her released work, having myself only seen her in Cinderella and Wrath of the Titans, I’ll have to go with the latter, in my opinion by far the best of Disney’s current cartoon-to-live-action remake obsession, not to mention the fact that James is perfect in the role. Check out the trailer below.
Who else is turning one year older today? See here. Today’s birthday boys and girls notably include fellow British actress Hayley Atwell (Captain America, 35), The X-Files‘ Mitch Pileggi (65), producer extraordinaire Roger Corman (Death Race, 91), music mogul Pharrell Williams (Despicable Me, 44), promising filmmaker Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, 38) and French actress Élodie Bouchez (La vie rêvée des anges, 44). Meanwhile we may remember the late Bette Davis (All About Eve), Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Spencer Tracy (Judgment at Nuremberg), among others.
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