Lily Collins

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Lily Jane Collins was born on 18 March 1989 in Guildford, Surrey, 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. Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who for many years owned a men’s clothing store in Beverly Hills, California. After her parents’ divorce in 1996, when she was seven, 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 musician Simon Collins and actress Joely Collins from her father’s first marriage, and she has two other younger half-brothers from her father’s third marriage. As a teenager, Collins suffered from an eating disorder that she later revealed in her book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. 

In 2019, Collins co-starred with Zac Efron in the dark drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, directed by Joe Berlinger. Also that year, Collins co-starred as Edith Tolkien, love and later wife of author J. R. R. Tolkien, in the biographical drama film Tolkien.

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 and she is an outspoken anti-bullying advocate and is serving as a Celebrity Ambassador to anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution, founded by author MacKenzie Bezos.