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Collins in 2007
Philip David Charles Collins

30 January 1951 (1951-01-30) (age 71)
Chiswick, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Drummer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active 1968–2011, 2015–present
  • Andrea Bertorelli
    (m. 1975; div. 1980)
  • Jill Tavelman
    (m. 1984; div. 1996)
  • Orianne Cevey
    (m. 1999; div. 2008)
Children 5, including Joely Collins, Simon Collins, and Lily Collins
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • bass
  • guitar
  • bagpipes
Associated acts

Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, songwriter, actor and singer. He was born in Chiswick, Hounslow, Middlesex. He was the drummer and singer of the band Genesis.

He is very well known for his career away from the band, as a solo artist. His most well known album is No Jacket Required, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States.

Collins starred in the movie Buster (1988). His daughter Lily Collins is a famous actress.

Collins won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "You'll Be in My Heart". That song was in the movie Tarzan.

Collins's discography includes eight studio albums that have sold 33.5 million certified units in the US and an estimated 150 million worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists. He is one of only two recording artists, along with Paul McCartney, who have sold over 100 million records worldwide both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band. He has won eight Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times—two Golden Globe Awards, one Academy Award, and a Disney Legend Award. He has received six Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the International Achievement Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.


Collins was married to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980. They met as 11-year-old students in a London drama class and later dated, but her family moved to Canada when she was 18. The two reconnected when Genesis performed in Vancouver, and they married in England when both were 24. They have a son, Simon Collins, born in 1976, who became the vocalist and drummer of the progressive rock band Sound of Contact. Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter Joely, who became an actress and film producer.

Collins met his second wife, American Jill Tavelman, in 1980. They were married from 1984 to 1996. They had one daughter, Lily Collins, born in 1989.

Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, a Swiss national, in 1999. They have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew. They bought Sir Jackie Stewart's former house located in Begnins, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. They divorced in 2008. Collins continued to live in Switzerland at the time, residing in Féchy, while he also maintained homes in New York City and Dersingham, Norfolk.

In 2015, Collins moved to Miami to be closer to his family, living in a separate home previously owned by Jennifer Lopez. In January 2016, Collins said he had reunited with Cevey and they were living together in the house he had bought in Miami.

Collins’ brother Clive is a noted cartoonist. Phil appeared at his brother's investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE for services to art.


Solo albums

  • Face Value (1981)
  • Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982)
  • No Jacket Required (1985)
  • ...But Seriously (1989)
  • Both Sides (1993)
  • Dance into the Light (1996)
  • Testify (2002)
  • Going Back (2010)

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