Downton Abbey's Lily James reveals her triple family tragedy

Downton Abbey's Lily James reveals how the early death of her father at the age of 54 makes filming death scenes so tough for her The loss of her actor father, James Thomson, was a low point in Lily James' life The then 18-year-old drama student changed her name to honour her father She says his death came after death of his brother from motor neurone disease She found it difficult to when, as Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's reworking of the fairytale, she played the scene where she was told her father had died 

By Padraic Flanagan For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:05 BST, 15 June 2019 | Updated: 01:55 BST, 16 June 2019

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She dazzled as Lady Rose in TV’s Downton Abbey and as Cinderella on the big screen, but behind Lily James’s rise to stardom lies deep family heartache.

The loss of her actor father, James Thomson – who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 54 – was the low point of the then 18-year-old drama student’s life. Tragically, he never saw his talented daughter light up the screen.

The young actress changed her name from Lily Thomson to Lily James to honour her beloved father and said his death turned her into the workaholic she is today.

Miss James also revealed that the loss of her father came on the heels of the death of his brother, Bruce, who had motor neurone disease, and of her grandmother, actress Helen Horton, who had returned to the US to care for her son.

The loss of her actor father, James Thomson – who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 54 – was the low point of the then 18-year-old drama student’s life. Tragically, he never saw his talented daughter light up the screen

The loss of her actor father, James Thomson – who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 54 – was the low point of the

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