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Evangeline Lilly
Canadian actress

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly
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Intro Canadian actress
Is Actor Model Film actor Flight attendant
From Canada
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 3 August 1979, Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton Metropolitan Region, Alberta, Canada
Age 42 years
Star sign Leo
Height: 1.651 m
University of British Columbia
Evangeline Lilly
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Nicole Evangeline Lilly (born 3 August 1979) is a Canadian actress and author from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. She gained popular acclaim for her first leading role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost (2004–2010), which garnered her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series and won her a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2008, she starred as Connie James in the Academy Award–winning war film The Hurt Locker (2008) and followed it with a role in the science fiction film Real Steel (2011).

Lilly starred as Tauriel in The Hobbit film series, appearing in The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Since 2015, she has portrayed Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring in Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She is set to reprise the role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).

Lilly is also the author of the ongoing children's book series The Squickerwonkers (2013–present), which is planned to include two nine-book series.

Early life

Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta on 3 August 1979. She was raised in British Columbia by her mother, a produce manager, and her father, a home economics teacher. She has both an older sister and a younger sister.

Lilly graduated from W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia; she played soccer and was vice president of the student council. In university, she was a waitress, did "oil changes and grease jobs on big rig trucks", and was a flight attendant for Royal Airlines to pay for her tuition. Her interest in humanitarian causes and world development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.


Lilly in 2007


Lilly's acting career began when she was discovered by a Ford Modelling Agency agent while passing the time in Kelowna, British Columbia. She took the agent's business card but did not immediately pursue acting. She eventually called and the agency landed her several roles in commercials and non-speaking parts in the TV shows Smallville and Kingdom Hospital. She was also on a video game news and review show on the gaming television channel G4TV.


Lilly at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

Lilly was encouraged by a friend to audition for ABC's Lost and did not expect to be cast. The secrecy campaign meant auditioning actors could not see the full script, could read only short scenes, and knew only the basic premise of people surviving a plane crash on a tropical island. It reminded Lilly of The Blue Lagoon, and she thought Lost would "at best be a mediocre TV show".

Around 75 women auditioned for the part of Kate Austen. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof said that he and executive producer and co-creator J. J. Abrams "...were fast-forwarding through a tape and he saw her and said: 'That's the girl!'" The character almost had to be recast, as Lilly had trouble acquiring a work visa to enter the United States. Her application was finally accepted after nearly 20 tries and she arrived in Hawaii for filming one day late.

Lost ran for six seasons, from 2004 to 2010. It was one of ABC's top primetime shows, winning one Golden Globe Award and ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, and was ranked the top-rated TV show of the decade by IMDb.

Lilly, who was from 25 to 31 years of age during the show's run, appeared in 108 of 121 episodes, and her character, Kate Austen, was the show's female lead. Entertainment Weekly voted Lilly one of its "Breakout Stars of 2004". In 2006 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.

Robert Bianco of USA Today praised Lilly's performance in the episode "Eggtown", saying it was almost worthy of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination. In 2007, her portrayal was voted #1 Sexiest Woman on Television by TV Guide and made FHM's Top Sexiest.

Evangeline was voted one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People'. After shooting the final episode of Lost, Lilly said she was considering taking a break from acting to focus on her charity and humanitarian efforts. She told Vulture: "I consider acting a day job—it's not my dream; it's not my be-all, end-all." She says she uses her high-profile roles to further her humanitarian efforts, not to achieve stardom.


Lilly at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International

In 2008, Lilly appeared in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. She and the cast won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. She followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards. In 2010, she stated her intention to focus on children's book writing and feature film roles.

On 11 May 2010, Lilly announced on The View that writing and being a mother were her top priorities, but that she liked acting as a "day job" and would continue it when possible. She took a short retirement that year and was not in contact with Hollywood. In 2011 she appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel. Despite turning down a number of film offers, she travelled to Los Angeles to get the part after director Shawn Levy sent her the script. Levy said: "She's magnificent to look at, she's soulful, and she's sexy. I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man's world. Bailey needed to have a strength and a toughness that was not at the expense of her being womanly."

Lilly at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International

In 2012, Lilly was cast as the Mirkwood elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The character, which does not appear in the original book by Tolkien, was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as the head of the Elven guard who wields a bow and two daggers as weapons. Lilly, a fan of Tolkien's books since she was 13, underwent training for swordplay and archery for the role, and in the Elvish language. In 2015, she played Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the superhero film Ant-Man, and later reprised the role in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

She will star with Armie Hammer and Gary Oldman in Crisis, directed by Nicholas Jarecki.


Lilly holding a copy of her children's book, The Squickerwonkers, at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

In June 2010, Lilly announced on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she would be writing a children's book and recited several excerpts. She has stated that her literary inspirations are children's book authors such as Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey.

On 18 July 2013, Lilly debuted the book, titled The Squickerwonkers. The release event was held at the San Diego Comic-Con, where she attended a book signing for the work in addition to providing a reading performance. Lilly has stated that the idea for the book first came to her when she was 14 years old. The foreword to the book was written by director Peter Jackson. She described the work as "a graphic book series designed for children", stating that the book is about a young girl who joins a group of characters she described as "this family, the Squickerwonkers, and they're strange outcasts who all have very particular vices".

Lilly has stated that future books will each reveal a new Squickerwonker character and unique vice, which will eventually become the undoing of the character. The illustrator for the book is Johnny Fraser-Allen of Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based concept design firm that worked on films including The Hobbit. Lilly stated that the goal was to "make a book that we would like to have read as children and that we would still enjoy as adults today".

Personal life

On 20 December 2006, an electrical problem set fire to her house in Kailua, Hawaii, destroying the house and all of her possessions while she was on the set of Lost. Though she lost all of her belongings, she said that the fire "was almost liberating, I'm in no hurry to clutter up my life again."

Lilly was married to Murray Hone from 2003 to 2004. She was also in a relationship with her Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan from 2004 to 2007. In 2010, Lilly began a long-term relationship with Norman Kali. She gave birth to their first child, a son, in 2011. Their second child, another son, was born in October 2015.

She is a Christian, and she has stated that her religion was what influenced her to visit the Philippines at age 18.

Lilly works with non profits such as the GO Campaign. In 2009, Lilly auctioned off custom lingerie in support of Task Brasil, "a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lost street children of Brazil by providing them secure housing". In 2010, she auctioned off three lunches in Vancouver, Honolulu, and Los Angeles to help widows and orphans in Rwanda, a country she has made numerous trips to as part of her charity work. Afterwards, in 2012, Lilly auctioned off a Hawaiian hike to raise money for the Sierra Club.

On 16 March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lilly refused to self-quarantine and said it was "#businessasusual" on Instagram and that she values freedom over her life, garnering criticism. On 26 March, Lilly apologized for her comments, calling them "dismissive, arrogant and cryptic". Lilly presently lives with her father, who has stage 4 leukemia. On 27 January 2022 Lilly posted a photo on Instagram showing that she took part in a march against vaccine mandates in DC, saying that 'nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will'.


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Lilly at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Stealing Sinatra Model in Commercial Uncredited
The Lizzie McGuire Movie Police Officer
Freddy vs. Jason School Student Next to Locker
2004 White Chicks Party Guest
2005 The Long Weekend Simone
2008 The Hurt Locker Connie James
Afterwards Claire French title: Et après
2011 Real Steel Bailey Tallet
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Tauriel
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2015 Ant-Man Hope van Dyne
2017 Little Evil Samantha Bloom
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Hope van Dyne / Wasp
2019 Avengers: Endgame
2021 Crisis Claire Reimann
South of Heaven Annie Ray
2023 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania dagger Hope van Dyne / Wasp Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 Smallville School Girl / Girl in Cinema / Wade's Girlfriend 4 episodes
2003 Tru Calling Party Guest Episode: "Morning After"
2004 Kingdom Hospital Benton's Girlfriend Episode: "Heartless"
2004–2010 Lost Kate Austen 108 episodes
2021 What If...? Hope van Dyne / Wasp (voice) Episode: "What If... Zombies?!"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Savannah Mason-Meyer

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role Venue
2019 Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Hope van Dyne / Wasp Hong Kong Disneyland
2022 Avengers: Quantum Encounter Hope van Dyne / Wasp Disney Wish

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2004 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Lost Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama
Choice TV: Female Breakout Star
Choice TV: Chemistry
2006 National Television Awards Most Popular Actress
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama
Choice TV: Chemistry
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama
2008 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama
2009 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast The Hurt Locker Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Fight The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Nominated
Empire Awards Best Supporting Actress
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Buttkicker
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Star The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Ant-Man
2016 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actress Ant-Man and the Wasp
2021 AFIN - International Film Festival Best Actress South of Heaven Won
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