Lily Cole

Model

Lily Cole is a model, actress and activist living in London. She was first discovered by scout turned actor, Benjamin Hart at the age of 14 while out with friends in Soho. She began to work with high-profile photographers including Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller and David Bailey. Cole has appeared on the cover of British Vogue four times, the first with model Gemma Ward, photographed by Nick Knight. She has also appeared on various catwalks including those of designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior and in advertising campaigns for brands including Prada, Chanel, Anna Sui and Hermès. Her distinctive porcelain skin and flame coloured hair keyed into a prediliction for ‘Pre-Raphaelite models’.

Cole began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre, The Old Vic theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Lily has written and presented several documentaries, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Cole was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. She has spoken at Davos, Google's Zeitgeist, Wired and Web Summit, was an affiliate at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from GCU. Cole is a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation and has worked with the World Land Trust and WWF. She writes for national and international press. Her book Impossible Utopias was published in 2014.

Lily Cole is a model, actress and activist living in London. She was first discovered by scout turned actor, Benjamin Hart at the age of 14 while out with friends in Soho. She began to work with high-profile photographers including Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller and David Bailey. Cole has appeared on the cover of British Vogue four times, the first with model Gemma Ward, photographed by Nick Knight. She has also appeared on various catwalks including those of designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior and in advertising campaigns for brands including Prada, Chanel, Anna Sui and Hermès. Her distinctive porcelain skin and flame coloured hair keyed into a prediliction for ‘Pre-Raphaelite models’.

Cole began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre, The Old Vic theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Lily has written and presented several documentaries, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Cole was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. She has spoken at Davos, Google's Zeitgeist, Wired and Web Summit, was an affiliate at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from GCU. Cole is a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation and has worked with the World Land Trust and WWF. She writes for national and international press. Her book Impossible Utopias was published in 2014.

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