Lily Cole was a model-turned-actress who made an indelible impression over a short period of time. With her trademark red hair and pixie features, she became much in demand not long after being discov...
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|Confession of a Child of the Century||Actor||Elise||1|
|The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Actor||Valentina||1|
|The Curse of the Black Spot||Actor||The Siren||1|
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|Co-starred in "The Moth Diaries"|
|Co-starred in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"|
|Made television acting debut on "Doctor Who"|
|Made acting debut in "St. Trinian's"|
Lily Cole was a model-turned-actress who made an indelible impression over a short period of time. With her trademark red hair and pixie features, she became much in demand not long after being discovered at age 14, and went on to appear on the cover of Italian Vogue and in a Prada commercial. Not bad for someone who was discovered by chance while strolling through London's Covent Garden. But while Cole's looks launched her career into the stratosphere, it was her fierce intelligence and grace that earned plaudits from filmmakers like Terry Gilliam. Following a supporting role in "St. Trinian's" (2007), it was Gilliam who cast Cole in his elaborate "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009), which made her a fresh new face in the film world.
Born in 1988 in Torquay, England, Cole's life was changed by modeling, which boosted her confidence significantly. She was sharp throughout secondary school, and straight A's on entrance exams earned her a spot at King's College in Cambridge, where she eventually studied art history. Around this time, her modeling exposure drew the attention of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, who wanted to cast Cole in a project about "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll. Instead, she made her film debut in "St. Trinian's," an attempted re-launch of a classic British comedy franchise from the 1950s and '60s. She followed that up with the aforementioned "Doctor Parnassus" as well as two other movies by high-profile directors: "Rage" (2009) by British art house maven Sally Potter; and the short "Passage" (2009) by Shekhar Kapur, in which Cole is a red-clad, tango-dancing object of desire. Both these films took unusual routes to find audiences, with "Rage" and "Passage" being released on mobile phone and online, respectively.
As for "Doctor Parnassus," it marked Cole's first co-headlining role as Valentina, the prize in a long-standing contract between the Devil and her father, a theatre performer. Despite her relative inexperience, Cole acquitted herself very well in the role, and critics noticed: Empire's Olly Richards stated that she "defies every rule of the model-turned-actress rulebook by being not just quite-good-considering but a genuinely intriguing new screen presence." In interviews, Cole credited her performance to both her late co-star Heath Ledger -- who had died during filming -- and Gilliam.
The next few years allowed Cole to flex her acting muscles. In a 2011 episode of the popular British science fiction series "Doctor Who" (BBC 2005- ), she played the mysterious Siren, capable of hypnotizing people and making them follow her. She also appeared in the Spanish Civil War drama "There Be Dragons" (2011) and the horror flick "The Moth Diaries" (2011), in which she starred as a Goth boarding school student who may be a vampire. With several fantasy movies already under her belt, Cole soon appeared in another. "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012) was a huge box office hit in which she played the key supporting role of Greta, a beautiful but ill-fated girl who has the youth exorcized from her face by Charlize Theron's evil Queen Ravenna.
While her acting star was on the rise, Cole garnered additional publicity for her charitable efforts on behalf of climate change refugees, AIDS education, and endangered species. One of her earliest efforts revealed both a sense of innovation and cheekiness: She made a replica of her bust to auction online, the proceeds of which went to the charity Comic Relief. Cole also enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Environmental Justice Foundation, and appeared in a video for the charity, in which she visited a T-shirt-making plant in India that utilizes sustainable practices. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Cole admitted that as a jet-setting model, calling on industries to reduce their carbon footprints may sound hypocritical, but pointed out the importance of having dialogues, and making people more aware of the choices they can make.
|Enrique Murciano||Companion||Began dating in 2008; split in February 2011|
|Latymer Upper School|
|St. Marylebone School|
|Hallfield Primary School|
|University of Cambridge|
|"Marilyn Monroe and Vivienne Leigh are real icons of mine. In terms of visual culture, they are both so iconic. There weren't any paparazzi shots of them falling out of taxis, so they will always look so incredible." - Cole, quoted in Vogue, May 22, 2012|
|"The good actor is the one who always has a moment when they nearly fall off." - Cole, quoted about Heath Ledger, whom she says was always willing to take that risk, to The Telegraph, Oct. 8, 2009|
|"It was a very bizarre experience. I watched the make-up artists apply it and it was certainly very surreal. I started thinking, 'what will I be like as an old lady, physically and mentally?' It made me quite reflective and quite sad actually - it all got a bit deep." - Cole, quoted in Vogue, May 22, 2012|
|"I love metaphors in film and in literature and with Snow White, the metaphor in this story, you have relationships to reality, the idea of immortality, the idea of confronting age and death, elements of the story crucial to understanding good and evil." - Cole, quoted in Interview magazine (Date unknown)|
|"I'm not against people buying clothes; I think clothes are wonderful, and I'm very materialistic myself - but there's a way of finding a compromise. I just think we can buy less and pay more, to make sure people aren't being exploited." - Cole, quoted in The Guardian, March 21, 2011|
|On her aging makeup in "Snow White and the Huntsman": "I started thinking, 'what will I be like as an old lady, physically and mentally? It made me quite reflective and quite sad actually - it all got a bit deep." Vogue magazine 2012|
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