How Lily James went from English rose to vampire vixen

The series, which chronicles how Anderson and Lee’s sex tape was stolen and posted online, opens with an aptly named episode titled “Drilling and Pounding.” In it, costume designer Kameron Lennox found a range of vintage store designs for James, including an ultra low-cut Versace couture gown for a Jay Leno interview scene and a gold Vivienne Westwood micro-mini dress for the couple’s first meeting at a club.

It’s quite different from the bustles, ruffles and beaded capes James wore for the first decade of his career. She made a name for herself playing the kind of women princes and dukes fall in love with – Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s highest-grossing film, Natasha in the BBC’s epic War And Peace series and Lady Rose in Downton Abbey. .

A wisely timed affair with darker subject matter as Churchill’s secretary in Oscar-winning Darkest Hour took James from pretty ingenue to the next British Keira Knightley, replete with an array of skirt suits from the 1930s. Then came the sunny, song-and-dancing sequel Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, in which James wore 70s burnt orange flares, floral patchwork dresses and lots of skimpy bikinis to play young Donna Sheridan. This was followed by Mrs. deWinter in Rebeca, Linda Radlett in The Pursuit of Love and Peggy Piggott in The Dig – and yes, lots of 1930s skirt suits and demure, delicate ensembles. Alongside her acting career, James has starred in numerous Burberry campaigns; so far, so English Rose.