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Mamma Mia's Lily James wants to play a bad girl

Lily James wants to try a new character (Picture: Sharif Hamza/Allure)

Mamma Mia star Lily James wants to play a bad girl to stop being pigeon-holed.

The 29-year-old actress is fed up of being cast as the good characters in films and, instead, wants to prove to potential directors that shes multi talented and is capable of convincing
people that she can play evil and vindictive.

Speaking in the forthcoming issue of Allure magazine, she said: Ive just had this feeling that I cant get rid of recently – and sometimes what you think is right for you is total nonsense anyway.

Ive wanted to step away from playing characters that feel quite honest and open.

Theres a goodness to them that I want to get away from.

Mamma Mia's Lily James wants to play a bad girl

Lily James is starring in Mamma Mia sequel (Picture: Sharif Hamza/Allure)

Lily will next be seen in the musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in which she plays a young Donna Sheridan, and fans were hoping that she would rejoin the Downton Abbey cast for the highly-anticipated film adaptation next year.

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However, Lily has since revealed she was never asked to reprise her role as Lady Rose MacClare – a part she played on the ITV series from 2010 until 2015 – but she can understand why because theres no room for her alter ego in the story.

She explained recently: My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it cant be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was simply no space for Rose.

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But Lily has had months to get her head around the fact she wont be joining her cast mates and is so excited to see her friends Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery reprise their roles.

She added: I spoke to Laura not long ago and was texting Michelle about Love Island and its going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back.

The Downton Abbey movie is set to hit screens next year.

MORE: Dame Maggie Smith set to join original TV cast for Downton Abbey movie as Lily James rules herself out

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