Lily Collins

Lily Jane Collins (born 18 March 1989) is an English-American actress and model. She is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins and American actress Jill Tavelman. She was born in Surrey and moved to Los Angeles as a child. Her first screen role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. She went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California, and as a teenager, wrote for Seventeen magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Los Angeles Times. She was named International Model of the Year by Spain's Glamour magazine after being selected by Chanel to wear one of their dresses at the Hôtel de Crillon in 2007.

Lily Collins
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Collins at the premiere of Tolkien in 2019
Born (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 31)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Charlie McDowell (2019–present)
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She has had leading roles in films such as the sci-fi action-horror film Priest (2011), the psychological action-thriller Abduction (2011) and the fantasy Mirror Mirror (2012) in the role of Snow White. In 2013, she received wider recognition after taking on the role of Clary Fray in the fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, for which she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action and an MTV Movie Award. She is also known for her roles in independent films, such as the romantic comedy-drama Stuck in Love (2012), the romantic comedy The English Teacher (2013), and the romantic comedy-drama Love, Rosie (2014). In 2016, she won the New Hollywood Film Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role as Marla Mabrey in Rules Don't Apply. In 2017, her performance as a young adult with anorexia in the Netflix drama To the Bone was praised, with Collins herself having overcome an eating disorder in the years before the film, and she and director Marti Noxon were honored at Project Heal for the film.[1][2] She starred as Fantine in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Les Misérables (2018–2019), and in 2019 appeared in two biographical films, as serial killer Ted Bundy's girlfriend Liz Kendall in the Netflix drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and as J.R.R. Tolkien's wife Edith in Tolkien. Also, she starred in the Netflix series Emily in Paris, which was released on 2 October 2020.[3]

Collins is also a published author. Her first book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, was released in 2017.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Lily Jane Collins was born on 18 March 1989 in Guildford, Surrey,[5] the daughter of English musician Phil Collins and his second wife, Jill Tavelman, an American who is the former president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club.[6] Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian-Jewish immigrant who for many years owned a men's clothing store in Beverly Hills, California.[7][8][9][10] After her parents' divorce in 1996, when she was seven, Collins moved to Los Angeles with her mother. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism.[11] She was presented as a debutante at the Bal des débutantes in Paris in 2007.[12] Collins is the half-sister of musician Simon Collins and actress Joely Collins from her father's first marriage, and she has two other younger half-brothers from her father's third marriage. As a teenager, Collins suffered from an eating disorder that she later revealed in her book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.[13]


Collins at the 2013 WonderCon

Collins began acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains.[14] As a teenager, Collins wrote a column, "NY Confidential", for the British magazine Elle Girl.[15] She has also written for Seventeen,[16] Teen Vogue,[17] and the Los Angeles Times.[18] She was selected by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the 2007 Bal des débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which was featured on season three of the reality television series The Hills.[19][20] She was picked by Spain's Glamour magazine in 2008 as its International Model of the Year,[21] and appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009. Collins covered the 2008 US presidential election as a host on the Nickelodeon series Kids Pick the President.[18][22] She won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Newest Red Carpet Correspondent.[23]


In 2009, Collins appeared in two episodes of the teen drama series 90210, including the first season's finale. Collins was one of 20 women named by Maxim magazine as one of the Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars in 2009.[24] In 2009, Collins co-starred in the film The Blind Side as Collins Tuohy, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character Leigh Anne Tuohy. In 2011, she played the warrior priest's daughter Lucy in the thriller Priest, opposite Paul Bettany.[25][26] MTV Networks' named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.[27] She co-starred in the 2011 action film Abduction with Taylor Lautner.[28]

The following year, Collins played Snow White in Mirror Mirror, an adaptation of the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, co-starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen Clementianna. Robbie Collin from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph wrote of Collins: "She has an adorable, sensational, almost perfect face for cinema; think Audrey Hepburn with the eyebrows of Liam Gallagher. Her smile is the platonic ideal of cheeky."[29] She made her singing debut in the film, performing an English re-written cover of "I Believe (in Love)". Also in 2012, Collins portrayed Samantha in Stuck in Love, starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, and Greg Kinnear.[30] Collins was initially cast as the lead in the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, but dropped out due to a scheduling issue.[31][32]

Collins then starred as Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a film adaptation of the first book in The New York Times best-selling The Mortal Instruments novels, written by Cassandra Clare.[33] In October 2013, Collins appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[34]


In 2014, Collins starred as Rosie Dunne in the film adaptation of Love, Rosie, alongside Sam Claflin, written by Cecelia Ahern.[35] Collins then had a leading role as aspiring actress Marla Mabrey, alongside Alden Ehrenreich, in the romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply (2016), from filmmaker Warren Beatty, who also starred as billionaire Howard Hughes.[36] When the film was released in November, it received mixed reviews and only grossed $3.9 million against its $25 million budget. Despite this, for her role as Marla Mabrey, Collins received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

In 2016, Collins was part of a pilot produced for The Last Tycoon, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's last book The Last Tycoon. She played Cecelia Brady, daughter of Pat Brady, who was played by Kelsey Grammer. Amazon picked up the pilot to series on 27 July 2016 but later cancelled their plans for a second season in September in 2017.[37]

In March 2016, Collins joined the anorexia drama film To the Bone in the lead role, written and directed by Marti Noxon.[38] The film follows Ellen or Eli, a 20-year-old woman suffering from anorexia nervosa. It premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival on 22 January 2017, as a contender in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. It was released worldwide on Netflix on 14 July 2017. When the film was first released on Netflix there was some controversy about whether the film would be triggering for those with eating disorders.[39] This controversy was also influenced by another Netflix original show 13 Reasons Why after it was accused of glamouring suicide.[40][41] Despite the taboo topic of the movie, Collins' depiction of Ellen was described as "exemplary work from Lily Collins in the central role".[42] Justin Chang of Los Angeles Times wrote that "In a different film, Ellen's sharp tongue might have made her an insufferable fount of wisecracking negativity, but Collins' performance is subtler than that, and the script gives her ample opportunity to reveal the character's more complicated, vulnerable edges."[43]

Collins was also cast in the Netflix drama film Okja directed by Bong Joon-ho, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton.[44] The film competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and received a four-minute standing ovation after its premiere.[45][46] It was released on Netflix on 28 June 2017.[47]

Les MisérablesEdit

In 2017, it was revealed that Les Misérables would be adapted by Andrew Davies into a BBC mini series directed by Tom Shankland and starring Collins alongside Dominic West and David Oyelowo.[48] Collins starred as Fantine, a young woman in Paris who is abandoned by her wealthy lover, forcing her to look after their child, Cosette, on her own. They began filming the series in February 2018 in Belgium and Northern France.[49]

Critics and fans praised Collins' performance as Fantine, Alexandra Pollard of The Independent wrote that "[Collins] plays the tragic Fantine with steeliness and grace", in a "magnificent"[50] performance. Another critic stated that "Lily Collins does not sing her anguished soul out when she is abandoned by her lover. So much so, she impressed me from the get-go with her emotionally rich performance...".[51]


In 2019, Collins co-starred with Zac Efron in the dark drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, directed by Joe Berlinger. She plays Elizabeth Kendall, Ted Bundy's long time girlfriend, who struggles to accept that her partner was a serial killer. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 26 January.[52] Also that year, Collins co-starred as Edith Tolkien, the girlfriend, muse, and wife of author J. R. R. Tolkien, in the biopic Tolkien, with Nicholas Hoult in the title role.[53] Filming began in October 2017 and wrapped in December,[54] and Tolkien was released on 10 May 2019.[55]

In 2020, Collins starred opposite Simon Pegg in the thriller Inheritance directed by Vaughn Stein,[56] and in Emily in Paris, a Netflix television series about a young American working in Paris with all the cultural clash that entails.[57] She will next appear in Mank directed by David Fincher for Netflix.[58]

Collins is also attached to star in The Cradle directed by Hope Dickinson Leach opposite Jack O'Connell,[59] and in Gilded Rage opposite Christoph Waltz and Bill Skarsgård, produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Charlie McDowell.[60]

Personal lifeEdit

Collins stated in 2013 that she does not like to discuss the interest in her relationships publicly due to witnessing the difficulties caused by the media coverage of her parents' divorce.[61]

In September 2020, Lily Collins announced her engagement to American film director and writer Charlie McDowell.[62]


Collins is an outspoken anti-bullying advocate and is serving as a Celebrity Ambassador to anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution.[63] Since 2018, Collins is an ambassador of the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Young Hollywood Awards One to Watch N/A Won [64]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Mirror Mirror Nominated [65]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Summer's Biggest Teen Bad A** The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Action Nominated [66]
2016 Hollywood Film Awards New Hollywood Awards Rules Don't Apply Won [67]
Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) Best Original Song - Feature Film (Shared with Eddie Arkin and Lorraine Feather for "Rules Don't Apply") Nominated [68]
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated [69]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest (shared with Warren Beatty) Won [68]
Costume Designers Guild Lacoste Spotlight Award Won [70]


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