Lily Collins, Phil Collins’ Daughter, Is Joining a Hollywood Dynasty

Actor Lily Collins is known for her roles in such films as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Tolkien. Ahead of her latest project, the Netflix series Emily in Paris, she revealed some personal news: She’s engaged. Learn more about Collins’ famous family and the one that she’s joining here.

Lily Collins has a famous father

Lily Collins and Phil Collins attend 'The Blind Side' premiere on November 17, 2009 in New York City.
Lily Collins and Phil Collins attend ‘The Blind Side’ premiere on November 17, 2009 in New York City. | Jim Spellman/WireImage

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Musician Phil Collins became famous as the drummer and singer of the rock band Genesis in the 1970s. He later progressed into a solo career, topping the charts and earning several Grammys. Phil Collins even won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Disney animated film, Tarzan.

Phil Collins has been married three times and has five children. Collins is his third child, and his only one with his second wife, Jill Tavelman. Her half-siblings include Canadian actor Joely Collins and recording artist Simon Collins, who has carried on his dad’s love of singing and playing the drums.

She announced her engagement to Charlie McDowell

Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 13, 2020
Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 13, 2020 | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Collins has had a few rumored significant others in the past, including her Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile co-star, Zac Efron. However, after years of remaining quiet on the subject of her personal life, Collins made her relationship with Charlie McDowell Instagram official in 2019. The couple announced their engagement in September 2020.

McDowell is a filmmaker. He directed and executive produced the 2014 thriller The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. His second feature-length film, The Discovery, is available on Netflix. The romantic science fiction flick features a cast of big names including Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, and Mary Steenburgen.

McDowell is the son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen

Malcolm McDowell (C) and ex-wife Mary Steenburgen (R) pose with their son Charlie McDowell and daughter Lilly McDowell at the premiere of the short film 'Bye Bye Benjamin' on June 5, 2006
Malcolm McDowell (C) and ex-wife Mary Steenburgen (R) pose with their son Charlie McDowell and daughter Lilly McDowell at the premiere of the short film ‘Bye Bye Benjamin’ on June 5, 2006 | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Steenburgen wasn’t a difficult get for McDowell, given that she’s his mom. The Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and The Last Man on Earth star is mother to two children from her first marriage to fellow actor Malcolm McDowell. The former couple met on the set of the movie Time After Time and were married for a decade.

Malcolm McDowell, like his ex-wife, has an extensive list of titles to his name. While he’s more recently appeared in the movie Bombshell (as Rupert Murdoch) and the Amazon Prime Video series Mozart in the Jungle, he’s perhaps best known for one of his earliest roles in the film A Clockwork Orange. From his dad, McDowell has three younger half-siblings.

Collins’ new stepfather-in-law is also a well-known actor

(L-R) Ted Danson, Charlie McDowell, and Mary Steenburgen attend 'The Discovery' Premiere during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
(L-R) Ted Danson, Charlie McDowell, and Mary Steenburgen attend ‘The Discovery’ Premiere during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. | Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

In addition to Collins’ mother-in-law and father-in-law to be, she’s gaining another parental figure in Ted Danson. Steenburgen married the Cheers star in 1995 after meeting on the set of their film Pontiac Moon. McDowell grew Danson as his stepdad, even casting him in The One I Love. (Steenburgen also had a small role in the movie.)

The family gets even bigger when considering that Danson, who more recently dazzled viewers in his Emmy-nominated role on The Good Place, has two children with his ex-wife. Not that Collins is any stranger to fame, but it would appear as though she’s joining quite a legacy of Hollywood stardom.