Margo Stilley

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Margo Stilley
Born (1982-11-20) November 20, 1982 (age 33)
Bear Creek, North Carolina, USA[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Actress

Margo Stilley (born November 20, 1982) is an American actress and former model.

Life and career[edit]

Stilley grew up in Conway, South Carolina,[2] and left as a teenager to model in Milan before moving to London at the age of 18.

She shot to fame as Lisa in the controversial 2004 British film 9 Songs, directed by Michael Winterbottom. According to the Guardian, 9 Songs was the most sexually explicit mainstream film to date, largely because it includes several scenes of real sexual acts between Stilley and her co-star, English actor Kieran O'Brien, including fellatio, ejaculation, cunnilingus, vaginal sex and masturbation with a vibrator.[3] Stilley asked that director Michael Winterbottom refer to her simply by her character's name in interviews about the film at the beginning to protect the artistic integrity of the film instead of making it a personal press vehicle.[4]

Since then, Stilley has played in twelve films to date, including How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Hippie Hippie Shake, and has worked again with Winterbottom on a BBC Two comedy The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.[5]

Recently[when?] signed to play Lady Furness in Madonna's film W.E., she renounced the role because of artistic differences.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stilley lives in Mayfair, London.[7] In 2010, the Daily Mail reported that she had become engaged to Irishman Bruce Cummings, who works in finance. They met at a house party in Henley-on-Thames.[8]

Stilley is a supporter of the Democratic Party but has claimed she has also been drawn to Communism after visiting China and North Korea where, according to Stilley, "everyone's safe" and looked after.[4]

Stilley supports fox hunting and opposes the Hunting Act 2004 which was introduced by Tony Blair's Labour government.[9]

Stilley was raised in a strict Baptist household in America's Bible Belt. As of 2008, she was in the process of converting to Judaism "because of its strong sense of family and of history".[4]



  1. ^ Margo Stilley at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Stilley, Margo (November 2008). "Hello Chaps". Esquire. 
  3. ^ Cannes screening for most sexually explicit British film at
  4. ^ a b c Cavendish, Lucy (2008-11-02). "Margo Stilley: songs of innocence and of experience". The Telegraph (London). 
  5. ^ "Biography". Margo Stilley's Site. 
  6. ^ Eden, Richard (2010-07-03). "Madonna casts Natalie Dormer to portray the 'game-playing' Queen Mother". The Telegraph (London). 
  7. ^ "Margo Stilley Interview". YouTube. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  8. ^ Kay, Richard (2010-09-24). "'Duckface' to marry her man". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  9. ^ Eden, Richard (2010-01-23). "Actress Margo Stilley becomes cheerleader for foxhunting". The Telegraph (London). 

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