Lily Collins Biography

Lily Collins is a popular British-American actress and model. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

Lily Collins
Quick Facts

Birthday: March 18, 1989

Nationality: British

Famous: Actresses British Women

Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Pisces

Born in: Guildford, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females


father: Phil Collins

mother: Jill Tavelman

siblings: Joely Collins, Matthew Collins, Nicholas Collins, Simon Collins

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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 she was 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 some 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. The actress made her debut in a feature movie ‘The Blind Side’ following a lead role in an action-thriller. But it was her role as ‘Snow White’ in ‘Mirror Mirror’ that paved the way for her bright future in Hollywood. As a model, Lily Collins modeled for several brands and received many honors. She was given the title of ‘International Model of the Year’ by Spain’s ‘Glamour’ magazine after being chosen by the brand ‘Chanel’ for wearing one of their gowns. The actress also received the titles of ‘One to Watch’ and ‘Newest Red Carpet Correspondent’ later on.

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Lily Collins
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. This was her father’s second marriage.
  • The actress is of Russian Jewish, English and German descent.
  • Lily Collins was first seen in the BBC series ‘Growing Pains’ when she was two.
  • In 1996, at the age of seven, she moved to Los Angeles after her parents split up. Since then, she has been living with her mother.
  • 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 – Simon Collins, and Nicholas and Matthew Collins, from her father’s first and third marriages respectively.
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  • In the year 2007, Lily Collins was selected by the brand ‘Chanel’ to wear their gown at ‘Bal des débutantes’ held at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.
  • The young lady 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. She also portrayed the character of ‘Collins Tuohy’ in the movie ‘The Blind Side’ in that year.
  • In 2011, Collins played the role of Lucy in the thriller flick ‘Priest’ starring 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 did the movie ‘Stuck in Love’ alongside Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Greg Kinnear.
  • In October 2013, a music video ‘City of Angels’ starring Lily Collins was launched. She appeared in the films ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and ‘The English Teacher’ the same year.
  • The beauty 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.
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Major Works
  • Lily Jane Collins is well-known for her role in the 2011 psychological action-thriller movie ‘Abduction’.
  • She played a major role in ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ in 2013. This film was adapted from the first book of award-winning ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series by Cassandra Clare.
  • In 2016, she had a leading role as Marla Mabrey in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Rules Don't Apply’. This role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
  • In 2016, she had a leading role as Marla Mabrey in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Rules Don't Apply’. This role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Awards & Achievements
  • In the year 2008, Lily Collins was named the ‘Newest Red Carpet Correspondent’ and presented with the ‘One to Watch’ award at the ‘Young Hollywood Awards’ event. She was also honored with the title of the ‘International Model of the Year’ by Spain's ‘Glamour’ magazine that year.
  • In 2009, she was named one of the ‘Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars’.
  • In 2012, Collins received the ‘Pandora Breakthrough Artist Award’ at the event of ‘Glamour's Women of The Year Awards’.
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  • She fetched the ‘New Hollywood Award’ at Hollywood Film Awards in 2016 for her film ‘Rules Don’t Apply’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Lily Jane Collins has always been secretive regarding her love relationships. However, the ‘Mirror Mirror’ star was rumored to be in 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.
Humanitarian Works
  • Lily Collins is an anti-bullying advocate who 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 her keen interest was in journalism.
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  • In 2007, she was presented as a debutante in Paris at the Bal des debutantes.
  • Her maternal grandfather was a Jew who owned a men's clothing store.
  • The actress was initially cast in the lead role in the remake of ‘Evil Dead’. However, she dropped out because of her tight schedule.
  • Her first audition was for the role of ‘Bella’ for ‘Twilight’ (2008), but Kristen Stewart got the role. Also, she auditioned for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ for the role of ‘Snow White’, but again lost to Stewart.
  • She was ranked Number 4 in the list of World's 'Most Beautiful' Women by People Magazine in 2012.
  • The song by her father, Phil Collins, ‘You'll Be In My Heart’ was dedicated to her.

1. Love, Rosie (2014)

  (Romance, Comedy)

2. The Blind Side (2009)

  (Drama, Sport, Biography)

3. Stuck in Love (2012)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

4. To the Bone (2017)


5. Okja (2017)

  (Action, Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

6. Tarzan (1999)

  (Adventure, Romance, Family, Animation)

7. Tolkien (2019)

  (Biography, Drama, War)

8. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

  (Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller)

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