Lily Collins is a popular British-American actress and model. A graduate from the ‘University of Southern California,’ the star has been in the acting and modeling world since the age of two, thanks to her famous musician father, Phil Collins. Very few people know that Lily Collins was interested in journalism as a young girl, but destiny had other plans for her. Following her studies, she first gained attention as a writer for popular teen magazines like ‘Teen Vogue’ and ‘Seventeen.’ Later on, she started hosting Nickelodeon-sponsored political campaigns. She made her acting debut in a feature movie titled ‘The Blind Side,’ before landing a lead role in an action-thriller. But it was her role as Snow White in ‘Mirror Mirror’ that paved the way for a bright future in Hollywood. As a model, Lily Collins modeled for several brands and received many honors. She was given the title ‘International Model of the Year’ by Spain’s ‘Glamour’ magazine after being chosen by the brand ‘Chanel’ to wear one of their gowns. In 2008, she was named ‘One to Watch’ at the ‘Young Hollywood Awards.’
Childhood & Early Life
Lily Jane Collins was born on March 18, 1989, in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father, Phil Collins, is an English musician and her mother, Jill Tavelman, is the ex-president of ‘Beverly Hills Women's Club.’ Before marrying Jill Tavelman, who is an American, Phil Collins was married to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980.
Lily Collins is of Russian Jewish, English, and German descent.
She was first seen in the ‘BBC series’ ‘Growing Pains’ when she was two years old.
In 1996, at the age of seven, she moved to Los Angeles when her parents went their separate ways.
Collins studied at the ‘Harvard-Westlake School.’ After graduating, she attended the ‘University of Southern California’ and did her major in broadcast journalism. As a teenager, she wrote columns for popular magazines, including ‘NY Confidential,’ ‘Los Angeles Times,’ ‘Teen Vogue,’ and ‘Seventeen.’
She has three step-brothers. While Simon Collins and Nicholas were born from her father’s first marriage, Matthew Collins was born from his third marriage.
As a teenager, Collins suffered from an eating disorder which she later revealed in her book ‘Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.’
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In the year 2007, Lily Collins was selected by the brand ‘Chanel’ to wear their gown at ‘Bal des débutantes’ at the ‘Hôtel de Crillon’ in Paris.
A young Collins covered the US presidential election in 2008, appearing as a host on ‘Kids Pick the President,’ a ‘Nickelodeon’ series.
She appeared in two episodes of a teen drama series titled ‘90210’ in 2009. In the same year, she also portrayed the character of ‘Collins Tuohy’ in the movie ‘The Blind Side.’
In 2011, Collins played the role of Lucy in the thriller flick ‘Priest,’ opposite Paul Bettany
The actress’s career reached newer heights in 2012 when she played the role of Snow White in ‘Mirror Mirror,’ a screen adaption of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ The same year, she appeared in the movie ‘Stuck in Love’ alongside Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, and Greg Kinnear.
In October 2013, a music video titled ‘City of Angels’ starring Lily Collins was launched. In the same year, she appeared in the films, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and ‘The English Teacher.’
She appeared in the screen adaption of Cecelia Ahern’s book ‘Love, Rosie’ in 2014. In March 2016, she joined the cast of the drama film ‘To the Bone,’ playing a leading role.
Collins was also cast in the ‘Netflix’ drama film ‘Okja’ alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. The film was directed by Bong Joon-ho.
In 2016, Collins became part of a pilot produced for ‘The Last Tycoon,’ which was loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's last book of the same name.
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In ‘Les Misérables,’ 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.
In 2019, Collins co-starred with Zac Efron in the dark drama film ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.’
Lily Jane Collins is well-known for her role in the 2011 psychological action-thriller movie ‘Abduction.’
She played an important role in ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ in 2013. This film was adapted from the first book of the award-winning ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series by Cassandra Clare.
In 2016, she played the lead role of Marla Mabrey in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Rules Don't Apply.’ Her performance in the film earned her a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination.
Awards & Achievements
In the year 2008, Lily Collins won the ‘Young Hollywood Award’ under the category, ‘One to Watch.’ In the same year, she was also honored with the title ‘International Model of the Year’ by Spain's ‘Glamour’ magazine.
In 2009, she was named one of the ‘Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars.’
In 2012, Collins received the ‘Pandora Breakthrough Artist Award’ at ‘Glamour's Women of The Year Awards.’
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In 2016, she won the ‘New Hollywood Award’ at ‘Hollywood Film Awards’ for her performance in the film ‘Rules Don’t Apply.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Lily Jane Collins has always been secretive about her love relationships. However, it was said that the ‘Mirror Mirror’ star was in a relationship with Jamie Campbell Bower in 2012.
The couple broke up in 2013. The same year, the actress told the media that she had witnessed how publicity complicated her parents’ relationship and therefore she wasn’t comfortable exposing her personal life publicly.
In 2015, the actress expressed her desire to marry Bower after they patched up once again.
Lily Collins is an anti-bullying advocate and is serving as the celebrity ambassador of ‘Bystander Revolution,’ an anti-bullying organization.
She designed accessories like ballet flats in the name of her grandmother in support of a charity.
Lily Collins took drama classes during her childhood, but was interested in journalism.
In 2007, she was presented as a debutante in Paris at the ‘Bal des debutantes.’
Her maternal grandfather, who owned a men's clothing store, was a Jew.
The actress was initially cast in the lead role in the remake of ‘Evil Dead.’ However, she dropped out of the project because of her tight schedule.
Her first audition was for the role of Bella in ‘Twilight’ (2008), but Kristen Stewart got the role. Also, she auditioned for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ for the role Snow White, but lost the role to Stewart once again.
She was ranked number four in the list of ‘World's Most Beautiful Women’ by ‘People’ magazine in 2012.
The song ‘You'll Be In My Heart,’ by her father Phil Collins, was dedicated to her.