Lily Collins is the daughter of British musician Phil Collins and his second wife Jill Tavelman. Sister of the actress Joely Collins and musician Simon Collins, has two other brothers, Nicholas and Matthew, born from the remarriage of her father. Lily Collins was nominated for the Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in Rules Don’t Apply.
She began acting in two years in the BBC series Growing Pains. In the United States at age 5 she has her first experiences in theater acting in a drama academy. In adolescence she is also passionate about journalism, writing for Elle Girl, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and the Los Angeles Times. She graduated at the Institute of coeducation Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles and gets majoring in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.
In 2007 she was chosen by Chanel to wear her clothes at the Debutantes Ball. The following year she was elected by Glamour international model of the year, won a Young Hollywood Award as Newest Red Carpet Correspondent and appeared in two episodes of including the end of the 2008-2009 season of the television series 90210.
In 2009 appears on the cover of the August issue of Glamour, won her first film role in The Blind Side and is in twelfth place in the ranking The Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars compiled by Maxim magazine. Also takes part in Priest, released in 2011. In December 2010 she was awarded of the title role of the teenager Clarissa “Clary” Fray in the film adaptation of the first novel in the saga Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare. After casting a long two years, will start shooting in August 2012.
In 2011 obtains the role of co-star opposite Taylor Lautner in the movie Abduction and appears also in The English Teacher, which marks the debut on the big screen by director Craig Zisk. Also she takes part in the movie Snow White, where she played the heroine opposite Julia Roberts (the evil queen) and Armie Hammer (Prince Charming). In Snow White sings I Believe in Love (Mirror Mirror Mix), cover of Love Song by Nina Hart, appeared for the first time in the 1971 film Taking Off.
In 2012 she starred in Stuck in Love, a Josh Boone film, which sees opposite Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, and Greg Kinnear: the film is screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012. In October of 2013 appears in the music video City of Angels of the Thirty Second to Mars. In 2014 she is the star of Love, Rosie, adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s novel, starring with Sam Claflin and from January 2014 is the new face of Lancôme.
In February 2014 joined the cast of Rules Don’t Apply, a Warren Beatty film, where she stars opposite Alden Ehrenreich. This movie released in US theaters in November 2016. In March 2016 it was announced her starring role in the black comedy To the Bone, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The same month joins the cast of the film Okja, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton, directed by Bong Joon-ho and planned for 2017. In 2016 he stars with Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer in the pilot of the TV series The Last Tycoon, produced by Amazon Studios and based on the novel of Francis Scott Fitzgerald.