Lily James’s next role isn’t a million miles away from Downton Abbey

The Downton, Cinderella and War and Peace star is set to return to Britain in the 1920s for her next part, as Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel

Lily James has been notably absent from Downton Abbey season six – her character Lady Rose got married and left the Abbey for a life in America during last year’s Christmas special – but her latest role is set to take her right back to her period drama roots…


The 26-year-old will be returning to Britain in the 1920s for her next movie Young Woman and the Sea, reports Deadline.

She’s set to star as Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Ederle, the first woman to swim across the 21-mile English Channel. Olympic champion Ederle made her successful swim in 1926 while she was in her 20s. She beat records held by the five men who had previously made the journey after completing her challenging swim in 14 hours and 34 minutes. 

Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will pen the movie, based on a book by Glenn Stout, with Jerry Bruckheimer directing. 


James has certainly kept herself busy this past year with upcoming BBC1 epic War and Peace, as well as movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies set for release next February.