Lily Collins is an English-American actress and model. She is best known for her roles in the films "The Blind Side," "Abduction" and "Mirror Mirror." She portrayed Clary Fray in the fantasy film adaptation "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling novel "City of Bones."
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 three-term president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club. Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who owned a famous men's clothing store in Beverly Hills, California for many years. After her parents' divorce when she was five, Collins moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism.
Collins began acting at the age of two in the BBC series "Growing Pains." As a teenager, Collins wrote a column (titled NY Confidential) for the British magazine Elle Girl. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue and the Los Angeles Times magazines.
She was selected by Chanel to wear one of its gowns at the 2007 Bal des Débutantes (a charity ball) at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which was featured on season 3 of the reality TV show "The Hills." She was picked by Spain's Glamour magazine in 2008 as their "International model of the year" and appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009.
Collins covered the 2008 US Presidential campaign as a host on the Nickelodeon show "Kids Pick the President." She won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for "Newest Red Carpet Correspondent." She has appeared in two episodes of the television show "90210," including the 2008–2009 season finale. Collins was one of 20 women named by Maxim magazine as one of "The Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars" in 2009.
Collins was in the 2009 film "The Blind Side" as Collins Tuohy, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character Leigh Anne Tuohy. 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 Taylor Lautner. Collins played Snow White in "Mirror Mirror," an adaptation of the Snow White fairytale, co-starring Julia Roberts.
Collins 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, by Cassandra Clare. She has also been in talks to star as a leading role in the film adaptation of the parody novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Grahame-Smith.
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