Downton Abbey: Lily James shrugs off internet trolls who compare her to Tulisa!

by Anna Howell
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We all know how nasty internet trolls can be, and have seen the effects that they have had on some of our favourite stars over the past few years, so it’s always nice when we hear that one person who has been targeted refuses to let them get to her.

Lily James has played Lady Rose McClare, the fun-loving cousin of the Crawley family in Downton Abbey for the past two series, but is about to make her exit at the end of the new series, which due to hit our screens this weekend.

In the show, Lady Rose has been a breath of fresh to the stuffy aristocratic family, introducing the audience to the roaring twenties in a manner that Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) never could.

Over the years, we’ve seen Lady Rose flourish from being a silly teenager to a high society IT girl who’s ready to bag herself a man (which incidentally was nearly the Prince of Wales) which this series, we are assuming, will pave her exit from the show.

In fact, Lily has impressed us all so much with her vibrant performance of Rose that she has bagged the lead role in the Disney adaptation of Cinderella, but with admiration comes envy, which is, unfortunately, what these Twitter trolls feed on.

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But according to the budding young actress, she stopped looking taking notice of what was said on the internet after she became the target of such trolls, who have labelled her the “Tulisa of Downton Abbey!”

And she is not about to let what these laptop critics say affect her, as she explained in a recent interview with The Radio Times.

She commented: “The internet isn’t a real person, so why would you want to read it?”

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“I like to keep my private life separate.”

Good for her, we say!

As mentioned above, the new series of Downton Abbey is due to hit our screens this Sunday at 9pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD. Watch the full, official trailer for the new series in the clip below: