Lily Collins

by ethnic on March 31, 2012

Birth Name: Lily Jane Collins

Place of Birth: Guildford, Surrey South Western, Surrey, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 18 March, 1989

*75% mix of English, and small amount of German
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

Lily Collins is a British and American actress and model. She is the daughter of British musician Phil Collins (Philip David Charles Collins) and American Jill Tavelman.

Lily was born in Guildford, Surrey South Western, Surrey, England, and moved to Los Angeles, California, at a young age. Lily’s father is of English descent. Lily’s maternal grandfather was Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent), while Lily’s maternal grandmother had English, and some German, ancestry.

Lily’s paternal grandfather was Greville Philip Austin Collins (the son of Austin George Percy Collins and Phillis/Phyllis Mary Piper). Greville was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. Austin was the son of Arthur James Collins and Ellen Piper. Phillis was the daughter of George Henry Piper and Eliza Hall.

Lily’s paternal grandmother was Winifred M. Strange (the daughter of Charles Ronald Strange and Lillie/Lilly Maud Tozer). Winifred was born in Fulham, London, England, and was a prominent theatrical agent. Lily’s great-grandmother Lillie was the daughter of Alfred Tozer and Sarah Ann Whall.

Lily’s maternal grandfather was Jack Charles Tavelman (the son of Joseph B. Tavelman and Clara Gelen). Jack was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Russian Jewish parents. Joseph was the son of Jacob Tavelman and Freida Brill.

Lily’s maternal grandmother was Billie Jeanette/Jane Shoaff (the daughter of David Ernest Shoaff and Mary Tommie Miller). Billie was born in California, and had English, and some German, ancestry. David was from Virginia, and was the son of The Rev. James Watts Shoaff, a Protestant minister, and of his wife, Nettie Frasher. Lily’s great-grandmother Mary Tommie was from Mississippi.

Sources: Genealogies of Lily Collins (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Pegzi May 14, 2017 at 11:03 am
marlenebeckers May 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Her hair is naturallyblack?!

ashash March 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Don’t think so. It’s probably brown.

ihatemostpeople May 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

She’s so pretty. I love her eyebrows.

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm


she is English, Jewish, Irish, welsh, and Scottish and german

guurl July 24, 2013 at 4:51 am

I know she’s more English, but she does remind me of an Ashkenazi Jew even though she’s a fourth.

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

has 0 percent of phil collins

she looks jewish-ukrainan/polish

i know 2 girls at my former school who also were jewish and had same features

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

She’s a daughter of Henry Bloom

nnnnn May 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

What for school did you attend? You always speak about
jewish class-mates.

Kimmel December 10, 2016 at 6:45 am

I agree. She’s always looked remarkable compared to standard English People — its probably the American mix (and not knowing specifically with what) that makes her stand out more. I also think she does look Eastern European above, never noticed that before.

lelo4 December 11, 2016 at 1:11 am

How does she look Eastern Euro if she’s not even part Eastern Euro? lol She would look exotic in places like Poland or Ukraine. She looks what she is, a Northern European-Middle Eastern mix, so that’s why she looks ‘remarkable’ compared to English people. I think her best fit would be the Caucasus region, Georgia, Turkey etc.

andrew December 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm
andrew March 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

never thought she was the daughter of Phil Collins

nnnnn May 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Actually, if she shaves her head, she would look like Phil

me October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

She looks dark to me,i thought she was Mediterranean

me October 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

She can pass for Portuguese

fuzzybear44 October 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

To follers

I want to know,have you ever seen a movie called the message?

fuzzybear44 November 1, 2012 at 2:54 am

To follers

HAHA No,I was just going to ask you your thoughts on it.However thinking about it,just ignore the question.

Multiethnicchick March 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

dark? She’s pale as hell

eddiesha1 March 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

ikr that what i said that snow white role was perfect for her skin.

lelo4 September 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Jews are Mediterranean, duh

levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Is she a practicing Jew?

Alice April 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

It just goes to show you can’t tell someone’s ethnicity by their surname.

DA X mann April 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Alice April 5, 2012 at 5:57 am

Her hair is beautiful. It is so black. I think it looks stunning with her fair skin.

Alice April 5, 2012 at 7:49 am
This site says that Phil Collins is of Irish and British descent.

Alice April 5, 2012 at 7:56 am
Alice April 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thanks Dee. He is also listed here as being British of Irish descent. Your search would be more accurate. It is all very confusing.

Alice April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Dee. I’ll be more dubious of those sites in future. My Grandmother was an Irish Collins but I know the name can also be English and Welsh. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lily’s maternal Grandmother was Jewish. Shoaff could be an anglicised German name. Thanks for clearing up what Phil’s ancestry is.

bvision April 6, 2012 at 1:28 am

she certainly is a cutie patootie

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