Lily Jane Collins
(born 18 March 1989) is a British-American actress and model. The
daughter of musician Phil Collins, she was born in Surrey and moved
to Los Angeles as a child. She 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.
For her roles in the sci-fi action-horror film Priest (2011) and the
psychological action-thriller film Abduction she was named One to
Watch by the Young Hollywood Awards. 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, and 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 5, 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 began acting at the age of 2 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.
In 2009, Collins appeared in two episodes of the teen drama series
90210, including the first season's finale. Collins was one of 20
women named by Maxim magazine as one of the Hottest Daughters of
Rock Stars in 2009. In 2009, Collins co-starred in the film The
Blind Side as Collins Tuohy, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's
character Leigh Anne Tuohy. In 2011, she played the warrior priest's
daughter Lucy in the thriller Priest, opposite Paul Bettany. MTV
Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch
for in 2011. She co-starred in the 2011 action film Abduction with
The following year, Collins played Snow White in Mirror Mirror, an
adaptation of the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
co-starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen Clementianna. Robbie
Collin from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph wrote of
Collins: "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." 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
2013 remake of Evil Dead, but dropped out due to a scheduling issue.
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.
Collins then 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, written by Cassandra
Clare. In October 2013, Collins appeared in the music video for
"City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. In 2014, Collins starred
as Rosie Dunne in the film adaptation of Love, Rosie, also known as
Where Rainbows End, written by Cecelia Ahern. She appeared alongside
Sam Claflin. Collins is expected to have a leading role alongside
Alden Ehrenreich in the upcoming untitled romantic drama film from
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 stated in 2013 that she does not like to discuss the
interest in her relationships publicly due to witnessing the
difficulties caused by the media coverage of her parents' divorce.
She dated her The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones co-star Jamie
Campbell Bower from July 2012 until August 2013. In May 2015, it was
confirmed that the two had reconciled.
Collins is an outspoken anti-bullying advocate and is serving as a
Celebrity Ambassador to anti-bullying organization Bystander
Revolution, founded by author MacKenzie Bezos.