Lily James Wiki, Bio, Boyfriend, Career, Net Worth, and More

Lily James is not just a pretty face but a talented and versatile actress who has charmed audiences with her roles in various movies and TV shows. She has played a fairy-tale princess, a musical star, a historical figure, a getaway driver, an archaeologist, and a rock icon, among others. 

Lily has also showcased her singing and dancing skills in several productions. She is one of the most sought-after and admired actresses of her generation. But who is Lily James behind the scenes? What is her personal life like? How did she start her career? How much is she worth? 

If you are curious to know more about this stunning Hollywood star, then read on as we reveal her wiki, bio, boyfriend, career, net worth, and more.

Fast Facts About Lily James

Full/Birth Name Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson
Height 5ft 7 (170 cm)
Date of Birth  5 April 1989
Hometown Esher, Surrey
Birth Country United Kingdom
Age 34
Partner Michael Shuman (Boyfriend)
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Singer, Songwriter and Actress
Net Worth (Approx.) $8 million

Lily James’s Early Life and Education

Lily James was born on April 5, 1989, in Esher, Surrey to Ninette Mantle (Acctress) and James “Jamie” Thomson (Musician). She grew up with two brothers. 

She has a diverse ancestry, as her paternal grandmother, Helen Horton, was an American actress who appeared in films such as Alien (1979). Her maternal grandmother was a French woman who escaped from her village near Paris during the Nazi occupation and married James’ grandfather, who was a minister in the Royal Air Force. 

Lily James pursued her passion for acting and singing from a young age. She studied at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, where she honed her skills and talents. She then graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, and soon after, she joined Tavistock Wood Management, a London-based agency that represents actors and actresses.

Lily James Movies and TV Shows 

After graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Lily James started her acting journey with the British TV show Just William (2010). She became famous for her role in the historical drama series Downton Abbey (2012–2015) and her film debut as Cinderella (2015). 

She also played the role of Countess Natasha Rostova in the TV version of War & Peace (2016) and Pamela Anderson in the biopic series Pam & Tommy (2022). For the latter, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie in 2022. 

She has been the lead actress in many movies, such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Baby Driver (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018), Yesterday (2019), the musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Rebecca (2020) and The Dig (2021).

List of Lily James Movies

Year Title Role
2012 Chemistry Ines
Wrath of the Titans Korrina
Broken Older Skunk
Fast Girls Lisa Temple
2013 The Silent Treatment The Girl
2015 Cinderella Cinderella
Burnt Sara
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Elizabeth Bennet
The Exception Mieke de Jong
The Tale of Thomas Burberry Betty
2017 Baby Driver Debora
Darkest Hour Elizabeth Layton
2018 Sorry to Bother You White Detroit (voice)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Juliet Ashton
Little Woods Deb Hale
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Young Donna Sheridan
2019 One Red Nose Day and a Wedding Miranda
Yesterday Ellie Appleton
Rare Beasts Cressida
2020 Rebecca The second Mrs. de Winter
2021 The Dig Peggy Piggott
2022 What’s Love Got to Do with It? Zoe Stevenson
2023 Finally Dawn Josephine Esperanto
                 TBA The Iron Claw Pam Adkisson
Greedy People TBA
Relay Sarah

List of Lily James TV Shows

Year Title Role
2010 Just William Ethel Brown
2011 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Poppy
        2012–2015 Downton Abbey Lady Rose Aldridge née MacClare
2016 War & Peace Natasha Rostova
2021 The Pursuit of Love Linda Radlett
Beauty and the Beast Rose
2022 Pam & Tommy Pamela Anderson

Awards and Nominations Received by Lily James

  • Dorian Television Awards in 2022
  • Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards in 2022
  • Primetime Emmy Awards in 2022
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards in 2023
  • Golden Globe Awards in 2023
  • Satellite Awards in 2023

Lily James Boyfriend

Lily James is currently dating Michael Shuman, a talented musician and composer who plays the bass guitar for the rock band Queens of the Stone Age. (Did you know Queens of the Stone Age have been nominated for seven Grammy awards, including Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Album in 2014.)

Shuman is also a member of the band Mini Mansions, and he has previously performed with Wires on Fire and Jubilee.

Lily James Height, Age, Weight, and More

Lily has a splendid body that reflects her beauty and grace. She is fit and healthy, and she radiates confidence and charm.

Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 55 kg (121 lbs)
Body Stats 32-24-34 inches or (81-61-86)
Waist 24 inches or 61 cm
Bra Size 32B
Cup Size B
Body Type Hourglass
Hips 34 inches 86 cm
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown

Lily James’ Net Worth and Lifestyle

According to various online resources, Lily James’s estimated net worth is about $8 million. She has earned most of her wealth from her acting roles on TV and film. 

She owns properties in both Los Angeles and London. She bought a new house for her family in London, which cost her two million dollars. She also has a cozy house in Los Angeles, which is worth one million dollars.

Additionally, you will be surprised to know that Lily James’ car collection includes – 

  • Audi A8
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • Audi Q5
  • MG MGB

Lily James Instagram

Besides being a successful Hollywood actress, Lily James is an internet sensation with a large fan following on Instagram. Her Instagram handle is @lilyjamesofficial and she has over 3.3 million followers. 

She often posts beautiful photos of herself, her work, and her travels on the platform. She also occasionally shares glimpses of her boyfriend, Michael Shuman. Lily James is not active on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. 

Surprising Facts About Lily James

  • Lily James is not her real name. She was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson, but she changed her surname to James in honor of her late father.
  • She is a distant relative of former US presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush.
  • She is a mezzo-soprano, which means she can sing both high and low notes. 
  • James has a tattoo of a bumblebee on her right pinky finger. She got it in 2015, along with her co-stars from the movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  • She is fluent in French, thanks to her maternal grandmother, who was from France and taught her the language. 
  • James is an avid reader and loves classic literature. 
  • She is a trained dancer and gymnast. She started dancing at the age of three and learned ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. 
  • Lily James is allergic to horses, which made it difficult for her to film some scenes in Cinderella (2015).
  • She underwent a physical transformation for the role, wearing a blonde wig, fake breasts, and heavy makeup for her portrayal of Pamela Anderson in the biographical series Pam & Tommy (2022).


What is Lily James Most Famous for? 

Lily James is most famous for her roles in the fantasy film Cinderella and the period drama Downton Abbey.

Are Lily James and Matt Smith Still Together? 

Lily James and Matt Smith, who dated for five years, reportedly split in 2020 after struggling to make their relationship work during the pandemic.

What is Lily James in Now? 

Lily James is currently starring as Pamela Anderson in the biographical series Pam & Tommy, which earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Does Lily James have a Brother? 

Lily James has two brothers, one older and one younger. Her older brother is Charlie Thomson, a musician, and her younger brother is Sam Thomson, an actor.

Who is Lily James Dating? 

Lily James is dating Michael Shuman, the bassist of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age. They met on the set of Pam & Tommy and have been spotted together in Los Angeles and London.  

Leave a Reply