Lily Collins

Collins in 2012, image via DFree/Bigstock

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) –


Curious about ethnicity

37 Responses

  1. me says:

    She looks dark to me,i thought she was Mediterranean

  2. levangelista36 says:

    Is she a practicing Jew?

  3. Alice says:

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

  4. Alice says:

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

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