An alumna of King’s College, Cambridge, Lily Cole has had to balance her scholarly activity with her screen and modelling commitments. From appearing on the cover of British Vogue at the age of 16, she has modelled for the world’s leading brands including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Prada. Paris Vogue listed her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Lily has appeared in a dozen films with her first lead role as the bohemian Valentina in Terry Gilliam’s fantasy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
A Daily Mirror poll in 2010 voted her the fourth sexiest redhead of all time, behind Florence Welch, Prince Harry and Nicola Roberts. She supports a variety of humanitarian and environmental causes including the children’s charity Global Angels and the Environmental Justice Foundation.
The biro sketch is based on her character Lettuce Leaf in Sally Potter’s murder mystery Rage. It was the first feature film to debut on mobile phones and starred Jude Law and Judi Dench. I left the drawing at the Soho Hotel where Lily was attending the premiere of Dr Parnassus in October 2009, and she returned it signed a month later.