Lily James: From 'Downton Abbey' to 'Cinderella,' and Back Again?

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Lily James--known for her role as Lady Rose on Downton Abbey--now stars on the big screen in Cinderella. Will she return to Downton Abbey when the show resumes production later in 2015, long after her prince has slipped that glass slipper on her delicate foot?

"I'm really hoping to come back," Lily James said during a press event for Cinderella earlier in March.

It was at the end of season 5 that Lady Rose married Atticus (played by Matt Barber) and left the estate to begin a new life as a married woman across the ocean in America. No one said, however, that she will live happily ever after. Maybe she didn't get the prince like Cinderella.

"Part of me wants her to like lose her sh--, and come back completely wrecked and a ruined woman, and part of me wants her to keep her happily ever after," James said.

"Both their characters have traveled to America to make new lives, but they are members of this family so a visit home may well happen at some time," Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame said.

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Do you expect the character played by Lily James--Lady Rose--will make her way back to the series?

Will you be checking out Lily James as she stars alongside Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, and more in Cinderella? It opened at theaters in the U.S. on Friday.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.