Lilly is a successful young showjumper and has recently shot to fame portraying the young Wonder Woman in the blockbuster movies. She was scouted for the film by a casting agent while shopping with her mum on London’s Oxford Street.
We can expect to see Lilly on our screens again soon in the BBC’s drama The Pursuit of Love starring Lily James and Emily Mortimer and she’s also working on another top-secret project.
Lilly now lives with her mum, step-dad and baby sister in Newmarket where she spends as much time with her horses as she can, in between auditions, filming and schoolwork. Not content with being a movie star, she has also set her sights on representing Team GB in showjumping at the Olympics.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>
Where is home?
Newmarket, but I spent much of my childhood in North Yorkshire.
LESSONS IN LIFE >>
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I think showjumping is a great leveller and brings so much to the table for my acting. One day you might win a Grand Prix and the next day you have a pole down in a British novice.
It has taught me that not every day will be a good day but there are always lessons from the bad days, which make the good days feel better. This helps me deal with getting knock backs for big projects that I’d love to act in! I shrug it off and try again. Normally something better is waiting just around the corner.
What is your greatest fear?
My biggest fear is losing the people I love the most and failing to reach my dreams – which are winning an Oscar or a gold medal.
Which living person do you most admire most and why?
I admire my mum, she’s tough, kind and was an incredible sports woman in her day. As a jockey she rode a winner two weeks after having me. I also really admire Tina Fletcher. She is my coach, Will Fletcher’s mum, and an incredible horse woman.
I was lucky enough to meet her when I won at the Yorkshire Show. I could watch her on a horse all day. You don’t win three nations cups easily!
LIVING LUXE >>
What is top of your bucket list?
To travel the world acting and showjumping. To ride on an Olympic team would be something else!
What is your most treasured possession?
My pony, Lord. I bought him myself with the money I earned from my acting for Wonder Woman.
What does the weekend mean to you?
I live on a working yard so on a Sunday the staff chill out so it’s much more laid back. I enjoy going for a hack on my ponies. Saturdays, normally if we weren’t living through a pandemic, we’d go to compete in showjumping. Now that’s changed a little bit!
I love the slower pace of a weekend because the weeks are really hectic. Juggling doing the ponies, school work, online auditions… it just means getting up a bit earlier but I love it all.
A memorable holiday?
Probably when we went to Tenerife filming Wonder Woman and we had a day off. We went whale watching which was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. We even saw a sperm whale. It’s rare to get a day off during filming so we really made the most of it.
I don’t really like wearing dresses. I’d rather wear shorts and a t-shirt. I’ve never been to a Premiere because I’ve always been filming somewhere else when they’ve taken place, so I haven’t yet had the opportunity to wear an amazing dress. Ask me again in a couple of years!
Who would be your top three dinner guests?
My closest friends, Sophie and Katie, because they’re the best fun. And Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things, Enola Holmes). I feel like she’d be really good at a dinner party and I hope to meet her someday. We have many mutual friends, and my Godmother was her stunt double in Enola Holmes so I really hope that one day our paths cross.
The last place you ate?
At the moment takeaways are my favourite dining treat, for obvious reasons. Indian and Chinese are my favourites.
The last book you read?
I love reading. I take loads of books away with me when we’re filming and pick up a book when I’m on a break.
The last book I read was Enola Holmes. I’d watched the movie and wanted to compare the book. They were very similar, both brilliant.
The last thing you listened to?
The last podcast I listened to was The Full Course Showjumping Podcast by International Showjumper Will Fletcher and Commentator Sam Gerrard-May.
I’m lucky enough to be coached by Will and he interviewed me on one of his episodes which is really exciting.
The last thing you watched?
I recently watched the film Instant Family with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. It’s about them adopting three children and it’s such a lovely film, I had a little cry!
Three luxe things in life?
My horses absolutely make me who I am. I’ve been riding since I could walk. My friends are very important to me, we’re very close and they definitely enhance who I am. I couldn’t live without them. And acting. I love it.
Lilly is looking for sponsors or owners to support her on her European Medal venture. For more information and details on how you can get involved, you can follow Lilly on Instagram @lillyaspellactress.