Lily Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey. After her parents divorced in 1996, when she was seven years old, Collins moved to Los Angeles with her mother. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of southern California with a degree in broadcast journalism.  In 2007, Lily was presented at the debutante Ball in Paris. 
The actress has Russian, English and German roots.
Lily started acting at the age of two in a BBC programme.  As a teenager, she wrote a column for the British magazine Elle Girl,  and also wrote for Seventeen,  Teen Vogue,  and the Los Angeles Times. 
In 2008-2009, Lily starred in two episodes of the TV series “90210: the New generation”, where she played a schoolgirl Phoebe Abrams. In 2009, Maxim magazine included her in the top twenty “hottest daughters of rock stars” .
In 2009, Lily played Lee’s daughter Ann Tuohy in the film the Invisible side. In 2011, she was seen in the mystery Thriller “the shepherd”, where she played the role of Lucy-the niece of a rebel warrior and a Minister of the Church. In the summer of 2010, she participated in the filming of John singleton’s new film “the Chase”, starring Taylor Lautner. In 2012, she played the main role in the film “snow White: Revenge of the dwarves”. In 2012, Lily was selected for the lead role in the film “Tools of death: city of bones”, which was released on August 23, 2013.
In 2014, the world premiere of the melodrama “with love, Rosie”, in which Lily’s partner was Sam Claflin. The film is an adaptation of the novel by Cecilia Ahern. And in 2016, the film “Beyond the rules” was released widely, for which Collins was nominated for a Golden globe. In 2016-2017, the actress could be seen in the main cast of the series “the Last tycoon”. In parallel, in 2017, the actress played a minor role in the adventure drama “Okcha”.
In the mini-series Les Miserables, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, Collins got the role of Fantine. The series was broadcast on BBC One from December 2018 to February 2019. In the biographical drama “Beautiful, bad, evil” (2019), the actress played the female lead role of the main character’s girlfriend, serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron. In the same year, Lily could be seen in the film “Tolkien”, which tells about the life of the famous writer (in Spanish). Nicholas Holt). Collins played his wife in the film.
The actress ‘ next project premiered at the 2020 Tribeca film festival. In Russia, the dark legacy Thriller is available on digital platforms. The film tells the story of a girl whose father leaves an unexpected inheritance in the form of a man (Simon Pegg), locked in the basement.
Since 2012, she has been Dating her partner in the film “Tools of death: city of bones” Jamie Campbell bower, but in August 2013, the couple broke up. 
Collins is the author of Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, which was released in 2017. 
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