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Lily Collins

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Lily Collins
Lily Collins WonderCon 2, 2013.jpg
Collins at 2013 WonderCon promoting The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Born Lily Jane Collins
(1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 26)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Education Westlake School for Girls
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1991–present

Lily Jane Collins (born 18 March 1989)[1] is a British-American [2][3][4] actress and model. She is best known for her roles in the films The Blind Side (2009), Abduction (2011), and Mirror Mirror (2012). She portrayed Clary Fray in the fantasy film adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling novel City of Bones.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey,[1] and is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins and his second wife, Jill Tavelman, an American who is the former three-term president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club.[5] Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who owned a famous men's clothing store in Beverly Hills, California for many years.[6][7] After her parents' divorce when she was five, Collins moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism.[8]


Collins began acting at the age of two[9]in the BBC series Growing Pains.[10] As a teenager, Collins wrote a column (titled NY Confidential) for the British magazine Elle Girl.[11] She has also written for Seventeen,[12] Teen Vogue,[13] and the Los Angeles Times magazines.[14] She was selected by Chanel to wear one of its gowns at the 2007 Bal des Débutantes (a charity ball) at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which was featured on season 3 of the reality television show The Hills.[11][15] She was picked by Spain's Glamour magazine in 2008 as their International Model of the Year[16] and appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009.

Collins covered the 2008 US Presidential campaign as a host on the Nickelodeon show Kids Pick the President.[14][17] She won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Newest Red Carpet Correspondent.[18] She has appeared in two episodes of the teen drama series 90210, including the 2008–09 season finale. Collins was one of twenty women named by Maxim magazine as one of the Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars in 2009.[19] Collins starred the 2009 film The Blind Side as Collins Tuohy, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character Leigh Anne Tuohy. She played the warrior priest's daughter Lucy in the thriller Priest, opposite Paul Bettany.[20][21]

MTV Networks' named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.[22] She co-starred in the 2011 action film Abduction with Taylor Lautner. Collins played Snow White in Mirror Mirror, an adaptation of the Snow White fairytale, co-starring Julia Roberts. Robbie Collin from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph wrote: "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."[23] She made her singing debut in the film, performing an English re-written cover of "I Believe (in Love)".

Collins was reportedly cast as the lead in the remake Evil Dead, but dropped out due to a scheduling issue.[24][25] In March 2012, it was announced that Collins would take the role of Samantha in Stuck in Love, starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, and Greg Kinnear.[26] Collins 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, by Cassandra Clare.[27] In October 2013, Collins appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Collins is the half-sister of actress Joely Collins and musician Simon Collins from her father's first marriage, and Nicholas and Matthew Collins from her father's third marriage. She does not like to discuss her relationships publicly due to witnessing the difficulties caused by the media coverage of her parents' separation.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Blind Side Collins Tuohy
2011 Priest Lucy Pace
2011 Abduction Karen Murphy
2012 Mirror Mirror Snow White
2012 Stuck in Love Samantha Borgens
2013 The English Teacher Halle Anderson
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Clary Fray
2014 Love, Rosie Rosie Dunne
2015 Untitled Warren Beatty project Marla Mabrey Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 90210 Phoebe Abrams 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
2008 Herself Young Hollywood Awards One to Watch Won
2012 Mirror Mirror Teen Choice Award Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nominated [30]
2013 OFTA Film Award Best Music, Adapted Song
(Shared with: Nina Hart, Sam Hollander, Tarsem Singh)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones MTV Movie Awards Summer's Biggest Teen Bad A** Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Award Movie Actress: Action Nominated [31]


  1. ^ a b Lansden, Pamela (10 April 1989). "Take One". People. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Telegraph, Belfast. "Lily Collins Needs Sunscreen". 
  3. ^ Willis, Jackie. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Lilly Collins.". 
  4. ^ People, Interview. "Lilly Collins in a City of Bones". 
  5. ^ "Lily Collins Covers NYLON March 2012". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (30 March 2012). "Jews in the News: Barbara Walters, Kyra Sedgwick and Mare Winningham". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Obituary 3 – No Title". 19 November 1984. 
  8. ^ Cable, Simon (4 December 2008). "My, hasn't Phil Collins's little Lily blossomed?". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Alexander, Hilary (2014-08-20). "Lily's mix and match". Retrieved 2015-02-07. 
  10. ^ Nickelodeon Star Page on Lily Collins, retrieved 2 December 2009
  11. ^ a b Methven, Charlotte (30 November 2007). "Genesis of a frock star: Lily Collins on the rock star dad who walked out on her". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Collins, Lily (6 September 2008). "At the RNC: Lilly Collins Reports (Again)!". Seventeen. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  13. ^ Collins, Lily (19 May 2008). "What a Ball!". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Collins, Lily (March 2009). "Obama's Inauguration: All Together Now". Los Angeles Times Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  15. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (25 November 2007). "New elite comes out at the billionaires' ball". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "Glamour premia a las Mujeres del Año". ABC (Madrid). 14 November 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  17. ^ Weprin, Alex (20 August 2008). "Nickelodeon Gets Political with Election Programming". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "Lily Collins – Young Hollywood Awards". Life. 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  19. ^ "The Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars". Maxim. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "Bio of Lily Collins". Tribute. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  21. ^ Fleming, Michael (23 August 2009). Moyer "Collins join 'Priest' hood". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  22. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  23. ^ Collin, Robbie (30 March 2012). "Mirror, Mirror – review". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "We've Discovered Who Plays The Lead In 'The Evil Dead' Remake – Meet The New Ash!". Bloody Disgusting News. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "'The Evil Dead' Remake Loses Lily Collins". Indie Wire. 24 January 2012. 
  26. ^ Sneider, Jeff (6 March 2012). "Cast set for 'Writers'". Variety. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Cast in The Mortal Instruments". Deadline. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  28. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (29 October 2013). "Kanye West, Selena Gomez Among Artists in 30 Seconds to Mars' 'City of Angels'". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Lily Collins in awe of Depp". Belfast Telegraph. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2012: 'Vampire Diaries' Leads Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  31. ^ "2014 Teen Choice Awards Winners and Nominees - complete list". HitFix. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 

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