Actress and Social Entrepreneur
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Lily Cole is an actress and social entrepreneur. Beginning her career in fashion she was the youngest model to appear on the British Vogue cover. Cole went on to work with many acclaimed directors and has appeared in over fifteen films. In 2017 she played the lead role in the critically acclaimed TV mini-series Elizabeth I, as well as taking to the stage in the West End for a new production of Christopher Hampton’s 1970 comedy The Philanthropist. As an advocate for socio-political and environmental issues, she has employed technology, writing, filmmaking and public speaking as means to build awareness and encourage dialogue.
Cole was awarded a First Class Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2011. In 2013 she launched impossible.com, a social network that encouraged users to exchange skills and services for free in the hope of encouraging a peer-to-peer gift economy. In 2018 Impossible has evolved into an innovation lab using technology for social good, with a variety of different tech projects currently underway.
Cole has spoken at The World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos, Google’s Zeitgeist conference and Wired, and holds an Honorary Degree for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes from Glasgow Caledonian University. She writes often for national and international press. ‘Impossible Utopias’, originally submitted as the thesis for her undergraduate degree, is Cole’s first book.
Cole is a Fellow at the Foundling Museum and in late 2017 she was revealed as Creative Partner at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
To know more about Lily visit her personal website, www.lilycole.com
"Please pass on our thanks to Lily for being the perfect ambassador for the project. We really appreciate the time that she took to really understand the issue and do her own research into the subject, something which really paid off for the interviews that she conducted for us, where she talked so articulately and passionately about the cause. The Project Literacy team is thrilled both with how the event itself went, Lily’s speech and the resulting coverage which has done a fantastic job in raising awareness around this important issue."
"Lily’s passion for her philanthropic ventures is both contagious and consuming - she was a fantastic presence...” WIRED Conference