Lily Collins
Portrays Clary Fray
Lily Collins
Biographical Information
Full name: Lily Jane Collins
Born: March 18, 1989 (age 26)
Birthplace: Guilford, Surrey, England
Family: Phil Collins (father)
Jill Tavelman (mother)
Joely Collins (half-sister)
Simon Collins (half-brother)
Significant other: Jamie Campbell Bower
Series Information
Character portrayed: Clary Fray
Featured in: The Mortal Instruments:
City of Bones

Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress and model. She portrayed Clary Fray in the film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.


Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England, and is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins and his second wife Jill Tavelman. Her mother is American and is the president of the Beverly Hills' Women's Club. Collins is the half-sister of actress Joely Collins and musician Simon Collins (from her father's first marriage), and also has two half-brothers from her father's third marriage, Nicholas and Matthew Collins. Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who owned a famous clothing store in Los Angeles.

Collins moved from England to Los Angeles when she was five years old and her parents divorced. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California with a major in broadcast journalism.

Collins started acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. As a teenager, Collins wrote a column, "NY Confidential", for the British magazine Elle Girl. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times.

In 2007, 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 three of the reality television show The Hills. She was picked by Spain's Glamour magazine in 2008 as its International Model of the Year and appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009.

Collins covered the 2008 U.S. presidential election as a host on the Nickelodeon show Kids Pick the President, for which she won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Newest Red Carpet Correspondent. She appeared in two episodes of the teen drama series 90210. Collins was one of 20 women named by Maxim magazine as one of the Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars in 2009. Collins has since starred in several films; she is best known for her roles in The Blind Side, Abduction, Mirror Mirror, Stuck in Love, Love, Rosie, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.


Lily was cast as Clary Fray for the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments as early as December 2010.[1] She had been a fan of the books prior to being cast. After being cast, Lily started a Twitter account (@LilyAsClaryFray) where she tweeted "as Clary", as well as a Facebook page, both of which she used to reach out to the fans of the series and to share some details from the development process of the film. Lily also read with some potential actors for the casting of Jace, until Jamie Campbell Bower was finally cast in 2011.


While filming the movie Abduction in 2010, Collins started dating her co-star Taylor Lautner, though they split in 2011. She began dating her City of Bones leading man Jamie during the filming of the movie in 2012. The couple broke up in August 2013 but is back together as of May 2015.


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