Nicole Evangeline Lilly (born 3 August 1979) is a Canadian actress and author. 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, Lilly 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).
Lilly is also the author of the ongoing children’s book series The Squickerwonkers (2013–present), which is planned to include two different series of nine books each.
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 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. While in college, she worked as a waitress, did “oil changes and grease jobs on big rig trucks”, and worked as a flight attendant for Royal Airlines to pay for her tuition. She grew up Christian. Her religion influenced her to visit the Philippines at age 18. Her interest in humanitarian causes and world development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.
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 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.
Lilly presently lives with her father, who has stage 4 leukemia.
|2003||Stealing Sinatra||Model in Commercial|
|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|
|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|