To celebrate the release of Tolkien in UK cinemas this Friday, we’re delving into the career of star Lily Collins to highlight her work to date for the English-American actor, from the breakthrough performance in the 2009 film The Blind Side right through a plethora of work from period dramas to action.
Her latest film, Tolkien, sees her take on the role of Edith Bratt, the future wife and muse of the beloved writer J. R. R. Tolkien who is also said to be the inspiration for his fictional characters Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar. Directed by Dome Karukoski and also starring Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.
Book tickets here and now and take a look at some of her best work so far…
The Blind Side (2009)
Collins first ever on-screen appearance was in the critically-acclaimed biographical sports drama The Blind Side where she played the daughter of Leigh Anne Tuhoy (Sandra Bullock). Not only was this Collins first ever film role, she also had the challenge of portraying the life of a real person, something she would continue to do so later on in her career.
Love, Rosie (2014)
Based on the 2004 novel by Cecelia Ahern, Collins took on the role of the protagonist Rosie opposite Sam Claflin as Alex in Love, Rosie. The role allowed Collins to showcase her more comedic and light-hearted personality on screen as Rosie. The film tells the story of two people who seem perfect for each other but never manage to get the timing right other the course of many years.
Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
In Rules Don’t Apply Collins acted opposite screen legend Warren Beatty who wrote, produced, directed and starred in the romantic comedy-drama. Set in 1950’s Hollywood, Collins played aspiring actress Marla Mabrey who forms a deep connection with driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) whilst also trying to impress movie mogul and real-life figure Howard Hughes (Beatty). Her performance cemented Collins as the most sought-after young actress and even earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
To the Bone (2017)
To the Bone is a powerful drama that details the struggle of a young woman who is battling with anorexia. Collins plays Ellen a young woman who undergoes inpatient treatment for anorexia, meeting other young people with eating disorders along the way. This is a deeply moving and personal performance by Collins who delivers some painful truths about the complexity of anorexia in a sensitive and skilful way.
Les Misérables (2018)
Collins returned to the small screen for the BBC miniseries adaptation of Les Misérables. She played the tragic Fantine Thibault who is abandoned by her rich lover when she falls pregnant by him. It is an impressive performance by Collins as she portrays Fantine’s heart-breaking journey from a naïve and idealist young woman to a struggling mother who will do anything to care for her child.