On His 71st Birthday, Lily Collins Writes a Loving Tribute to Her Father, Phil Collins

Lily Collins, the British-American actress-cum-model who stepped into the glitzy world of entertainment at the adolescent age of 2, has lovingly written an emotional note to her father, Phil Collins for his 71st birthday. The father-daughter duo has had a fantastic relationship over the years, as we find from the beautifully written message.

Who Is Lily Collins?

Lily Collins shot to stardom with her role in the sports drama film, The Blind Side. However, she is best known for her work in the Netflix serial Emily in Paris, in which she has been playing the role of Emily Cooper since 2020. 

Her previous work has won some major accolades. She was nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe Award (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category) for portraying Marla Mabrey in the 2016 comedy, ‘Rules Don’t Apply’. She got another nomination for playing a character with Anorexia in 2017’s controversial Netflix drama ‘To the Bone.

2020 saw her receive 10 Academy Award nominations for her role of Rita Alexander in ‘Mank’. Even for the recent role of Emily Cooper (Emily in Paris), she has received yet another nomination for the Best Actress Golden Globe Awards (Television Series Musical or Comedy).

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Lily was initially raised in Surrey, until the age of 6, when her parents Phil Collins and Jill Taverman got divorced. She moved to the US with her mother where she received her schooling. She majored in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.

She began her modeling career in 2007 as a debutante at the Bal des Débutantes in Paris. She is now an established actress and model. 

Phil Collins – The Rockstar Dad

He is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has also made his mark in the acting industry.

Yet, he is notably known as the singer/drummer of the Rockband Genesis, which was a success from its advent in 1970 till the year 1996. During the 1980s, Phil Collins had the distinction of having the most US Top 40 Singles.

Lily Collins Pens
Lily Collins Pens

He won an Oscar for the Best Original Song, “You’ll be in my heart” which was written and performed for the 1999 Disney film Tarzan.

Phil Collins has received 8 Grammies, 6 Brit Awards, 2 Golden Globes, one Academy Award, 6 Ivor Novello Awards, and a Disney Legend Award. He is recently doing a second reunion tour with Genesis which will end in March 2022.

The Long and Sweet Caption

On Phil Collins’s 71st Birthday, Lily Collins shared a photo of herself online, as a baby, sitting on her dad’s shoulders. She wrote a nostalgic caption below, which we are quoting here: “Happy birthday, Dad. I may no longer fit in your arms or sit comfortably on your shoulders but you continue to hug me tightly when I need it most.”

“We may not get to spend time together that often but when we are face to face, you do see me. You may not always believe it but please trust me when I say, no matter how old I get or what life may bring, I will always need you.

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Whether I’m proudly watching you up on stage, laughing at home together playing trivial pursuit, I’m forever grateful for the moments and memories we share. Especially the ones I now cherish as an adult myself.”

She was grateful that her father supported her through her times of struggle, and believed in her for who she was. Lily Collins concluded her caption by, “Thank you for inspiring me and supporting the woman I am today. I Love you to the moon and back.”

Recently, the actress appeared on James Corden’s nightly show, where she revealed her memories and a photo of the time when her father and mother held her during a meeting with Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Prince Charle’s Trust event in the 1990s.


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