James in 2017
|Born||Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson
(1989-04-05) 5 April 1989
Esher, Surrey, England
|Alma mater||Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2010)|
Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson (born 5 April 1989), known as Lily James, is an English actress. She played Lady Rose Aldridge in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey, and the title role in the 2015 Disney film Cinderella. In 2017 she played Debora, the love interest of the main character Baby, in the action film Baby Driver.
James began her professional acting career as Ethel Brown in the 2010 BBC production Just William. In 2011 and 2012, she earned warm reviews in several London theatre productions. She began to appear in Hollywood films in 2012, with roles in Wrath of the Titans, Fast Girls and Baby Driver, and in television roles such as Countess Natasha Rostova in the 2016 BBC historical drama series War & Peace.
Lily James was born in Esher, Surrey, England, the daughter of Ninette (née Mantle), an actress, and musician James “Jamie” Thomson. Her grandmother, Helen Horton, was an American actress. She began her education at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and subsequently went on to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2010.
Her television credits include Ethel Brown in the 2010 BBC production of Richmal Crompton‘s Just William, Poppy in the fourth series of ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011), and the rebellious Lady Rose in the last episode of series three of Downton Abbey. Lady Rose later became a main character in the fourth and fifth series of the programme. James also appeared as Lady Rose in the series finale.
In 2011, James played Taylor at the Young Vic Theatre in Tanya Ronder’s stage adaptation of the novel Vernon God Little directed by Rufus Norris, Nina in Russell Bolam’s modern adaptation of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse, and Desdemona in Daniel Evans‘s production of Othello at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, alongside Dominic West and Clarke Peters. Quentin Letts wrote in The Daily Mail: “We may have a new star actress on our hands. … She left drama school only last year, yet she practically sweeps all before her as Desdemona in this Othello. Poise, diction, allure – she has them all. … Her character’s love affair with a much older husband is completely believable.”
In 2012, James played the role of Katrina in Play House and Marijka in Definitely the Bahamas in a double-bill written and directed by Martin Crimp at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London as part of the theatre’s fortieth anniversary. Charles Spencer of The Telegraph wrote that “it is performed with a persuasive mixture of mischief and deeper feeling by Obi Abili and Lily James, the latter combining a mixture of neuroticism and glowing sexual allure that proves extraordinarily potent”. James played the role of Korrina in the Warner Brothers film Wrath of the Titans and starred in Fast Girls, written by Noel Clarke, centered around a group of young female athletes competing in the World Championships.
James played the title character in the 2015 live-action Disney film Cinderella. The film was released on 13 March 2015. James was photographed by Annie Leibovitz as Cinderella, in the blue gown her character wears to the ball, for the December 2014 issue of Vogue. James also made her singing debut in the film’s end credits, covering “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from the 1950 animated film.
In 2016, she returned to television in the 2016 BBC historical drama series War & Peace, playing the character of Natasha Rostova. She also starred in her second major film, playing the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the action-horror film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It received mixed reviews and failed to break even at the box office. James played the role of Juliet in the Garrick Theatre‘s production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Rob Ashford and actor-director Kenneth Branagh in 2016.
In 2017 she played Debora, the love interest of the main character Baby, in the action film Baby Driver. James is set to portray the younger version of Donna Sheridan in the sequel to Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
James’s father died from cancer in 2008; she has said that filming father/daughter scenes in Cinderella was therefore very emotional for her.
|Wrath of the Titans||Korrina|
|Fast Girls||Lisa Temple|
|2015||Cinderella||Cinderella||Also playback singer for “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes“|
|2016||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||Elizabeth Bennet|
|The Exception||Mieke de Jong|
|The Tale of Thomas Burberry||Betty||Short film|
|Darkest Hour||Elizabeth Nel||Post-production|
|2018||Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!||Young Donna Sheridan||Filming|
|2010||Just William||Ethel Brown||4 episodes|
|2011||Secret Diary of a Call Girl||Poppy||8 episodes|
|2012–2015||Downton Abbey||Lady Rose MacClare||21 episodes|
|2016||War & Peace||Natasha Rostova||6 episodes|
|2011||Vernon God Little||Taylor||Young Vic Theatre|
|2012||The Seagull||Nina||Southwark Playhouse|
|2016||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Garrick Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Downton Abbey||Won|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Downton Abbey||Won|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Cinderella||Nominated|||
|2015||Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards||Breakthrough Award||Cinderella||Won|||
|2016||Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Cinderella||Nominated|||
|2017||Whatsonstage.com Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Romeo and Juliet||Nominated|||
Black in 2014
|Birth name||Rebecca Renee Black|
|Born||(1997-06-21) June 21, 1997
Irvine, California, United States
Rebecca Renee Black (born June 21, 1997) is an American YouTuber and singer who gained extensive media attention with her 2011 single “Friday“. After its music video went viral on YouTube and other social media sites, “Friday” was derided by many music critics and viewers, who dubbed it “the worst song ever”. Rebecca went on to release other songs; her Dave Days collaboration “Saturday” earned more success. She currently uploads videos on her YouTube channel about various topics.
Black was born in Irvine, California. She is the daughter of John Jeffery Black and Georgina Marquez Kelly, both veterinarians. Her mother is of Mexican descent, and her father, originally from Iowa, is of English, Italian, and Polish descent. Black attended private school from kindergarten to 6th grade, and moved to a public school due to bullying. She joined the school’s musical theater program, where she felt she was “meant to be.” In April 2011, Black dropped out in favor of homeschooling, citing both a need to focus on her career and a desire to avoid taunts from her former classmates. Black has claimed that she was also failing English class due to her busy schedule.
2010–11: Breakthrough with “Friday” and music
In late 2010, a classmate of Black and music-video client of Los Angeles record label ARK Music Factory told her about the company. Black’s mother paid $4,000 for Ark Music to produce the music video while the Blacks retained ownership of both the master and the video. The single, “Friday“, written entirely by Ark, was released on YouTube and iTunes. The song’s video was uploaded to YouTube on February 10, 2011, and received approximately 1,000 views in the first month. The video went viral on March 11, acquiring millions of views on YouTube in a matter of days, becoming the most-talked-about topic on social networking site Twitter, and garnering mostly negative media coverage. The single was released on March 14, with first-week sales estimated to be around 40,000 by Billboard. On March 22, Black appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, during which she performed the song and discussed the negative reaction to it. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 and the New Zealand Singles Chart at numbers 58 and 33, respectively. In the UK, the song debuted at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart. In response to the YouTube video of “Friday”, Black began to receive phone and email death threats, which were investigated by the Anaheim Police Department. Black teamed up with Funny or Die on April Fool’s Day 2011 (when the comedy site was renamed Friday or Die) for a series of videos, including one about the underage teens driving a car in her “Friday” video. She signed to manager Debra Baum’s DB Entertainment, reportedly with Ryan Seacrest‘s help.
Black also stated that she is a fan of Justin Bieber, and expressed interest in performing a duet with him. MTV selected Black to host its first online awards show, the O Music Awards Fan Army Party, in April 2011. As an homage to “Friday”, Black appeared in the music video for Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“, in which Black plays alongside Perry as the hostess of a party Perry attends. A cover of “Friday” was performed on Glee in the second-season episode, “Prom Queen“. When asked about why the song was covered on Glee, show creator Ryan Murphy replied, “The show pays tribute to pop culture and, love it or hate it, that song is pop culture.” Not long after the “Friday” video went viral on YouTube, Black and her mother, Georgina Kelly, got into legal issues with Ark Music over rights to the song. In a letter from Kelly’s lawyer to Ark Music on March 29, 2011, it was alleged that Ark Music failed to fulfill the terms of their November 2010 agreement by not giving her the song and video’s master recordings, by claiming Black as exclusively signed to the label, and by exploiting the song without permission – for example, selling a “Friday” ringtone. While Ark founder (and “Friday” co-writer) Patrice Wilson stated that Kelly “will get the masters and the song […] [t]hey can have it all”, and agreed that Black was not exclusive to Ark, his attorney claimed that Ark owns the copyright for the song and the November agreement is invalid. In June 2011, Ark Music Factory started charging $2.99 to watch the music video on YouTube. Later that month, “Friday” was removed as a result of the legal dispute; it was restored to YouTube on September 16, 2011, on Black’s official channel.
“Friday” was revealed as YouTube’s No. 1 video of 2011, with Black hosting a short video called “YouTube Rewind” in the year-end recap. Despite the over 167 million views during its first four months, prior to its temporary removal, “Friday” had amassed more than 3,190,000 “dislikes”. After the fallout with Ark Music Factory, Black started an independent record label named RB Records. She released a self-produced single titled “My Moment” on July 18, 2011, the first on her label, with an accompanying music video published to her YouTube channel the same day. In the video, director Morgan Lawley features real life footage of Black from both before and after her fame. In late October 2011, production began on the music video for Black’s third single, “Person of Interest“. About the song, Black stated “The basis of it is that it’s a love song but it’s not a love song. It’s about almost teenage crushes – when you’re not in love yet but you really like a guy – which I’m really excited about because I don’t think there are too many out like that. It’s very much a dance type song. It will make you get up and dance and sing along in your car.” The single and its accompanying music video were released on November 15, 2011. Black released two more singles in 2012: “Sing It” in May, and “In Your Words” in November. Black was planning to release her debut album in late 2011, which she said would include “a bunch of different kinds of stuff.” The album was being recorded at a studio belonging to music producer Charlton Pettus. However, the album was never released. Black was featured in an ABC Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets special entitled Underage and Famous: Inside Child Stars’ Lives.
2012–present: YouTuber videos
In 2012, Black signed onto the Maker Studios YouTube network. She was also brought to Australia by Telstra to promote the launch of their 4G service. Zeitgeist, which sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries, listed Black as “#1 Most Searched – Google”. The searches for the teen singer topped even those of pop icons Lady Gaga and Adele. In late 2013, Black released the song “Saturday“. For her sequel to “Friday”, she collaborated with Dave Days. It became Black’s second song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 55. While it reached a higher position than “Friday” (number 58), “Saturday” was on the chart only one week, compared to six for “Friday”. Aside from her original music, Black has been posting videos regularly on her YouTube channel, which include blogs (sometimes with other people on YouTube), question-and-answer videos, and occasional covers of songs by other artists. This includes her versions of two Miley Cyrus songs from 2013. That July, Black collaborated with fellow YouTube personality Jon D in an acoustic cover of “We Can’t Stop“, for which lyrical changes were made. Black followed with an acoustic version of “Wrecking Ball” in November.
At VidCon 2015, Black revealed that she had been working on an album which she hoped to release by the end of 2015. According to her, the album will not be anything like her previous songs. She had been working on the album since releasing her song Friday; however, but it took her a while to be free from Ark Music Factory and find producers with whom she was comfortable. However, no album or new original songs were released. Towards the end of 2015, Black performed a cover of “Wild” by Troye Sivan. Black created a web video in January 2016 on Go90 called “Life After Friday”. In the show, Black graduates from high school, tells her parents she is not going to college, and follows her adventures after moving to Los Angeles.
On August 26, 2016, Black released a new single titled “The Great Divide”, her first release of new material in almost 3 years. This was followed by another single, “Foolish”, on April 21, 2017.
|2012||Katy Perry: Part of Me||Herself||Film||Documentary|
|2013||Legend of a Rabbit||Penny||Film||Voice (English dub)|
|2014||Fine Brothers||Herself||Web||YouTubers React session (Season 3)|
|2016||Life After Friday||Herself||Web|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|“Person of Interest“||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|“In Your Words“||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
(with Dave Days)
|“The Great Divide”||2016||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|“Friday”||2011||Patrice Wilson and Clarence Jey|
|“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“||Marc Klasfeld||Guest appearance only; Katy Perry‘s music video|
|“My Moment”||Morgan Lawley|
|“Person of Interest”||Mazik Self|
|“Sing It”||2012||Ryan Pesecky|
|“In Your Words”|
|“The Great Divide (Crash Cove Remix)”||2016|
Awards and nominations
- In April 2011, the MTV O Music Awards, one of the annual awards established by MTV to honor the art, creativity, personality and technology of music into the digital space nominated “Which Seat Can I Take?” for “Favorite Animated GIF” that included footage by Rebecca Black featuring 50 Cent and Bert.
- Black was named “Choice Web Star” at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards in August 2011.
|2011||“Which Seat Can I Take?”||MTV O Music Awards||Favorite Animated GIF||Nominated|
|2011||Herself||2011 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Web Star||Won|
|Born||Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
(1983-10-19) 19 October 1983
|Alma mater||Adolf Fredrik’s Music School|
Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström (born 19 October 1983), known professionally as Rebecca Ferguson, is a Swedish actress. She is best known for her lead role as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen (2013), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and her starring roles as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and as Dr. Miranda North in Life (2017). Ferguson is set to return as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible 6 (2018).
Ferguson was born in Stockholm and grew up in Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is English, and moved from Britain to Sweden at the age of 25. Her father is Swedish.
Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.
From the age of 13, she worked as a model and appeared in magazines and on television commercials for cosmetic, apparel, and jewelry advertisements.
Ferguson has danced from a very early age; she did ballet, tap-dancing, jazz, street funk and tango. She taught Argentine tango at a dance company in Lund, Sweden for a few years, while she continued her work on several short art film projects.
Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the Simrishamn town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film A One–Way to Antibes. She has also appeared in the horror film Strandvaskaren and the 2012 film Vi alongside Gustaf Skarsgård.
In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical drama The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory‘s The Cousins’ War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses. Ferguson’s work in The White Queen has been met with praise, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.
In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead  in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, for which she was highly praised. She will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.
In 2016, she played the dual roles of Katya and Lauren opposite Sam Reid and Charles Dance in the cold war espionage thriller by Shamim Sarif Despite the Falling Snow. For her acting she won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival.
Also in 2016, she appeared in Stephen Frears‘ Florence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep, and Tate Taylor‘s thriller book adaptation The Girl on the Train. In 2017, she played a lead in Daniel Espinosa‘s sci-fi thriller Life, and will co-star in Tomas Alfredson‘s The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son, Isac Hallberg, with former boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish south-east coast. The couple separated in April 2015.
|A One-Way Trip to Antibes (sv)||2011||Maria|
|Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||2015||Ilsa Faust|
|Despite the Falling Snow||2016||Katya / Lauren|
|Florence Foster Jenkins||2016||Kathleen Weatherley|
|The Girl on the Train||2016||Anna Watson|
|The Snowman||2017||Katrine Bratt||In post-production|
|The Greatest Showman||2017||Jenny Lind||In post-production|
|Mission: Impossible 6||2018||Ilsa Faust||Filming|
|Nya tider||1999–2000||Anna Gripenhielm||54 episodes|
|Ocean Ave.||2002||Chrissy Eriksson||Episode: “#1.5”|
|Wallander||2008||Louise Fredman||Episode: “Sidetracked”|
|The Vatican||2013||Olivia Borghese||Television film|
|The Inspector and The Sea||2013||Jasmine Larsson||Episode: “Der Wolf im Schafspelz”|
|The White Queen||2013||Elizabeth Woodville||Main role, 10 episodes|
|The Red Tent||2014||Dinah||Lifetime miniseries, 2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||The White Queen||Nominated|
|2015||Hamptons International Film Festival||Breakthrough Performer||N/A||Won|
|Critics’ Choice Movie Awards||Best Actress in an Action Movie||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Nominated|
|2016||Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Nominated|
|Prague Independent Film Festival||Best Actress||Despite the Falling Snow||Won|
Carides and Anthony LaPaglia at the Man of Steel premiere in Sydney, 2013
|Born||(1964-06-07) 7 June 1964
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||Riverside Girls High|
|Spouse(s)||Anthony LaPaglia (m. 1998; div. 2015)|
Gia Carides (born 7 June 1964) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Liz Holt in Strictly Ballroom, Susy Connor in Brilliant Lies, and Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Carides was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek father and an English mother. She began acting at the age of 12. Her first film was the drama The Love Letters from Teralba Road starring Bryan Brown and Kris Macquade.
Early in her career, Carides starred as Helena Angelopolous on the Australian television series Police Rescue, also receiving acclaim for her films Strictly Ballroom and Brilliant Lies, with AFI Award nominations for each.
She is best known for her roles as Robin Spitz/Swallows in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and as Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the sequel television show My Big Fat Greek Life, and the sequel film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Carides works in both America and Australia, recognised for a host of film and television credits including Primary Colors, Year One and East of Everything. She also appeared in a guest spot on husband Anthony LaPaglia’s television series Without A Trace.
She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.
Carides was married to actor Anthony LaPaglia, whom she met in Sydney in 1992. A year later they starred in the film Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break). She and LaPaglia are the parents of daughter Bridget (born in January 2003). Gia Carides is sister to Zoe Carides, also an actress, and Danielle Carides, singer songwriter. Her former brother in-law is doctor-turned-actor Jonathan LaPaglia.
|1977||Love Letters from Teralba Road, TheThe Love Letters from Teralba Road||Maureen|
|1983||Midnite Spares||Ruth Mintos|
|1983||Phar Lap||Emma Woodcock||Credited as Georgia Carr|
|1984||Annie’s Coming Out||Narrator|
|1985||Coca-Cola Kid, TheThe Coca-Cola Kid||Chambermaid|
|1992||Strictly Ballroom||Liz Holt|
|1992||Girl Who Came Late, TheThe Girl Who Came Late||Wendy|
|1995||Bad Company||Julie Ames|
|1996||Cottonwood, TheThe Cottonwood||Kathy|
|1996||Two If by Sea||Joan Rappaport (uncredited)|
|1996||Brilliant Lies||Susy Connor|
|1998||Primary Colors||Cashmere McLeod|
|1998||Letters from a Killer||Lita|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Robin Swallows|
|2000||Extreme Adventures of Super Dave, TheThe Extreme Adventures of Super Dave||Sandy||Video|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Georgia|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Cousin Nikki|
|2005||One Last Thing…||Madelene|
|2006||Stick It||Alice Graham|
|2007||Trap, TheThe Trap||Clara||Short film|
|2011||In Loco Parentis||Mum||Short film|
|2015||This Isn’t Funny||Gillian Jones|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Cousin Nikki|
|2016||Joe Cinque’s Consolation||Maria Cinque|
|1983||Country Practice, AA Country Practice||Tracy Power||Episode: “Hair of the Dog: Part 1”
Episode: “Hair of the Dog: Part 2”
|1984||Five Mile Creek||Beth||Episode: “Maggie”|
|1986||Studio 86||Episode: “Strawberry Girl”
Episode: “Sisters in the Bathroom”
|1989||Inside Running||TV series|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Episode: “The Stuffed Platypus”
Episode: “Poetic Galah”
|1991||Acropolis Now||Haroula||Episode: “The Goddess”|
|1992||Resting Place, TheThe Resting Place||Sally||TV short|
|1992||Ultraman: Towards the Future||Jean Echo||13 episodes|
|1992-1993||Police Rescue||Helena Angelopoulos||7 episodes|
|1993||Seven Deadly Sins||Gluttony||TV miniseries|
|1995||Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space||Vesper, Vox’s High Priestess||TV movie|
|1997||ER||Suzanne Alner||Episode: “You Bet Your Life”|
|1997||Firehouse||Charlotte Brooks||TV movie|
|1997||Devil’s Child, TheThe Devil’s Child||Eva||TV movie|
|1999||Secret Affair, AA Secret Affair||Mimi||TV movie|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Nikki||7 episodes|
|2003||Gladius||Additional Voices||Video game|
|2005||Without a Trace||Stephanie Patterson||Episode: “4.0”|
|2008-2009||East of Everything||Melanie Freedman||10 episodes|
|2011||Small Time Gangster||Darlene||8 episodes|
|2017||Big Little Lies||Unnamed Witness||7 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Hannah||1+ episodes|