7 things you didn’t know about Les Miserables star Lily Collins

Lily Collins as Fantine in BBC1's Les Misérables
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This Sunday Les Miserables continues with its third episode, but how much do you know about its star, Lily Collins?

She's the daughter of legendary singer Phil Collins and star of the BBC's adaptation of Les Miserables, which continues this Sunday. But there's plenty more to Lily Collins than having a famous dad. Here are seven things you might not know about the actress...

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1. She was born in Guildford 

Lily’s parents are legendary British singer Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman, his second wife. She was born in Guildford, Surrey, but moved to LA with her mum when she was five following her parents’ divorce. Lily is close to her mum and has named her as her best friend.

2. She was a journalism student 

After graduating from Harvard-Westlake School Lily went on to attend the University of Southern California where she studied broadcast journalism. As a teenager she also wrote a column for British magazine Elle Girl called ‘NY Confidential’. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times. 

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3. She’s not just an actress

As well as acting and writing, Lily has many other strings to her bow. She is a model and is the face for global beauty brand Lancome. She's also appeared in music videos and has worked as a TV presenter, TV host and has written her own book in 2017, called 'Unfiltered: No Regrets, No Shame, Just me'. 

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4. She’s been on MTV reality TV show The Hills

Back in 2007 Lily was selected by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the Bal des débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which just happened to also be featured on season three of the reality television series The Hills starring Lauren Conrad. 

5. Lily Collins inherited her dad’s vocals

Growing up with someone like Phil Collins as your dad, you’d hope Lily could hold a tune. But she can do much better than that - she has definitely inherited the great vocals gene and has sung on film soundtracks like Mirror Mirror, a Snow White adaptation that she starred in back in 2012. Speaking of her famous dad, Phil Collins also once dedicated a song to Lily called You'll be in my Heart. 

6. She’s a bit of a bookworm

Lily has often spoken about her love for reading, and said that she likes nothing more than settling down with a Jane Austen novel. One of her favourite characters is Elizabeth Bennet from the book Pride and Prejudice.

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7. She’s a Harry Potter fan

As well as Jane Austin, Lily is also a huge fan of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and says that the best Christmas present she has ever had is getting tickets to go to the theatre in London to see the production Harry Potter and The Cursed Child with her mum.

Lily Collins stars in Les Misérables, which continues on BBC1 this Sunday.

Picture credits: Main image of Lily Collins: BBC Studios/Lookout Point/Robert, all others: Instagram

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.