From Downton to Cinderella

lily-james_2551107b.jpg Lily James to star in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

Former student Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in ITV's Downton Abbey will star as Cinderella opposite Cate Blanchett, who takes the role of her evil stepmother in the new Disney production of Cinderella which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.  Walt Disney Pictures announced the news of her casting as Cinderella with a tweet last night saying: "Just Announced: Actress Lily James will play Cinderella in the live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale."  Lily will be reprising her role as Lady Rose in series four of Downton.