Lily Jane Collins (born 18 March 1989) is a British-American actress and model. The daughter of an English father 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 Awardsfor 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.
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