Lily Jane Collins (born 18 March 1989) is a British-American actress and model. The daughter of English singer Phil Collins and an American mother, she was born in England and moved to the United States as a child. Collins began acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. She was a guest star on 90210 in 2009, followed by her feature film debut in the semi-biographical sports film The Blind Side.
She was named One to Watch by the Young Hollywood Awards for her roles in the sci-fi action-horror film Priest (2011) and the psychological action-thriller film Abduction. She was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy for her role as Snow White in the fantasy film Mirror Mirror and for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action for portraying Clary Fray in the fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Collins is also known for her roles in the films Stuck in Love (2012), The English Teacher (2013), and Love, Rosie (2014).
Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey. She is 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.
After her parents’ divorce when she was five, 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.
She was presented as a debutante at the Bal des débutantes in Paris in 2007. 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.
Collins began acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. As a teenager, Collins wrote a column, “NY Confidential”, for the British magazine Elle Girl. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times. 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. She was picked by Spain’s Glamour magazine in 2008 as its International Model of the Year, 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. She won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Newest Red Carpet Correspondent.
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