Lily James says reading her old diaries made her realise she’s similar to her Pursuit of Love character

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Actress Lily James has shared that reading extracts from her old diaries made her realise she’s actually quite similar to her Pursuit of Love alter-ego

The BBC period drama, which won rave reviews with audiences when it began last weekend, follows Lily’s character Linda and her childhood best friend Fanny as they each pursue love.

While Fanny craves comfort and stability, Linda is a born hopeless romantic, who will stop at nothing to find “The One”.

And 32-year-old Mamma Mia star has said she loved playing the character so much that she wishes she could be more like her – although they do already share some striking similarities.

She explains: “She’s a wonderful character – passionate, impulsive, fiery, frustrating, selfish and a brilliant human being. Love is Linda’s religion and she really follows her heart.”

“The choices she makes can feel harsh, but I understand her and love her deeply. I recognise a lot of myself in her.”

And it was after reading some of her old diaries that former Downton Abbey actress Lily realised she could be a bit more Linda going forwards.

She adds: “Months ago I found my old diaries and some of the things I wrote were so Linda. I wish I was as brave and courageous as her, she lives for herself.”

Continuing to reflect on the female friendship at the heart of the story, Lily said that it’s something viewers can all relate to.

“I know that with my girlfriends, I see things in them that I don’t have,” she says.

“I admire them and long to be more like them. Fanny and Linda are like that. Their friendship is beautiful and true.”

The three-part drama, adapted by Nancy Mitford’s novel, also stars Fleabag ’s hot priest, Andrew Scott, as an eccentric neighbour and Dominic West as Linda’s strict father.

And while Lily’s latest project is currently entertaining viewers at home, she’s busy preparing for her next role – as none other than Pamela Anderson.

Unveiling promotional snaps for the upcoming Hulu biopic series Pam and Tommy, Lily looked the spitting image of the former Baywatch star.

Pursuit of Love, Sundays, 9pm, BBC One

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