Lynn Collins
Birth Date:
June 1, 1979
Birth Place:
Texas, USA
Juilliard School of Drama, Manhattan, New York (studied acting)
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Portia, the Merchant of Venice


Up-and-coming actress Lynn Collins made her on-screen debut with a guest spot in a 1999 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" before eventually gaining critical praise for portraying Portia, the rich heiress and heroine in Michael Radford's film adaptation of Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice (2004). She starred in the short-lived horror/drama series "Haunted" (UPN; 2002) alongside Matthew Fox and has appeared in such films as 50 First Dates (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Lake House (2006) and The Number 23 (2007). She will star in the upcoming films Bug, Nothing Is Private, and Life in Flight.

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Childhood and Family:

Born in Texas on June 1, 1979, Viola Lynn Collins moved to Singapore at age four. When returning to the States, she attended the Juilliard School of Drama. Lynn, who enjoys astrology, currently divides her time between New York and London.

Life in Flight


A Juilliard graduate, Lynn Collins had performed in a string of Shakespearean plays, including in Peter Hall's “Romeo and Juliet” (she played Juliet) at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, "As You Like It" at the Delacorte Theatre (she played Rosalind) and “Hamlet” in New York (she played Ophelia; opposite Liev Schreiber). In 1999, she made her TV appearance debut in an episode of NBC cop drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and followed it up with a guest role in an October 2001 episode of CBS drama starring Richard Dreyfuss, "The Education of Max Bickford." She also appeared in the made-for-television movies Earth Angels (2001) and One for the Money (2002).

Collins landed her first starring role, as Assistant D.A.Jessica Manning on UPN horror/drama series, "Haunted," alongside Matthew Fox and John Mann. Unfortunately, the show that first aired in September 2002 had to be canceled in November 2002 due to low ratings. During that year, she also guest starred in an episode of ABC mystery series "Push, Nevada" and appeared in her first film, director Paul Quinn's Never Get Outta the Boat.

More film roles rolled in. She was cast in Peyton Reed's romantic comedy Down with Love (2003; starring Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger), Peter Segal's 50 First Dates (2004; starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore) and Gary Winick's 13 Going on 30 (2004; starring Jennifer Garner). She also garnered praise for portraying Portia, the rich heiress and heroine in Michael Radford's film adaptation of Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice (2004). The film, also starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, gave Collins a Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical.

"Originally I was asked to choose between auditioning for Jessica or Nerissa. And (writer/director) Mark Radford saw the tape (in which) I choose Jessica. He saw the tape and he said, ‘No, this is Portia.’ And then I put myself on tape for two of the main monologues. Michael loved the first one and then told me that the second one was total crap (laughing). So he had me put those monologues back on tape, including many other scenes of Portia’s. That was the tape that they ended up sort of showing to all the producers, and showing to Al Pacino. They all approved me and just began to really fight to cast me because, you know, they needed a name in some ways they had decided. So for them to cast somebody who was relatively unknown was a really big step for them." Lynn Collins (on The Merchant of Venice (2004)).

Afterward, Collins was offered to star in writer-director Nanda Anand's drama film Return to Rajapur and writer-director-actor Scott Caan's comedy film The Dog Problem, in which she played Giovanni Ribisi's love interest. She also supported Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in The Lake House, Alejandro Agresti's remake of the Korean romantic drama motion picture Il Mare (2000).

In February 2007, Collins’ latest film, The Number 23, was released. In the suspense film by Joel Schumacher that stars Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen and Danny Huston, Collins plays the multiple role of suicide blonde/Mrs. Dobkins/young Fingerling’s mother. Her upcoming film, Bug, suspense film by William Friedkin, will soon be released on May 25, 2007. The film, starring Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Shannon, is based on the play Bug written by Tracy Letts. Collins will play R.C., the lesbian friend and co-worker of Judd's character. Collins has also completed writer-director Harris Goldberg's drama comedy Numb, in which she plays Sara, the love interest of a screenwriter (played by Matthew Perry) who suffers from acute depersonalization disorder.

Collins is currently on set and will soon wrap Alan Ball's drama film alongside Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette and Maria Bello, Nothing Is Private, based on Alicia Erian's novel "Towelhead." She is also set to star opposite Patrick Wilson, playing an urban designer in writer-director Tracey Hecht's drama film Life in Flight.


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