May. 2nd, 1985
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Lily Allen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1998 - Elizabeth
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English recording artist and actress. She is the daughter of Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings.
Her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three.
Her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You", popular mostly in Europe. Allen and Amy Winehouse have been credited with starting a process that led to the media-proclaimed "year of the women" in 2009 that has seen five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize.
In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities. During 2010, Allen opened a fashion rental shop "Lucy in Disguise" with her sister Sarah, followed by the 2011 launching of her own record label. In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album, which was later titled Sheezus. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, "Hard out Here", which was released as a single on November 17.
- Attended "Bedales School" with 'Natalia Tena' (qv), the same school which 'Minnie Driver' (qv) and 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv) attended.
- Niece of 'Kevin Allen (I)' (qv).
- Has a half sister Teddie who was born in 2006.
- Her single 'Smile' went to #1 for two weeks in the UK singles chart in 2006. Her album 'Alright, Still' debuted at #2 in the UK album charts.
- Has a younger brother 'Alfie Allen' (qv), and an older sister Sarah (born in 1980).
- Was voted the third coolest person of the year on the Cool List of "NME" magazine, but also ranked #10 in BBC3's _The Most Annoying People of 2006 (2006) (TV)_ (qv).
- Her former step-father Harry Enfield based characters 'Kevin' the neurotic teenager on Lily's elder sister Sarah. Also, The baby characters 'Harry' and 'Lulu' from the 'Harry Enfield and Chums' show were based on Lily and Alfie when they were youngsters, the only difference was the reversal of the genders. The 'babies' were played by Harry and Kathy Burke.
- After uploading her first demo tracks to community website MySpace.com in November 2005, she became an overnight sensation in the UK.