Lily Rose Beatrice Allen (born 2 May 1985) is an English recording artist, talk show host, and actress. Lily Allen is the daughter of actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Lily Allen had a challenging childhood, without stable residence, and had been a pupil in 13 different school institutions until the age of 15. Lily Allen teenage years comprised her evolution in musical tastes, from glam rock to alternative. Lily Allen ran away from home to attend the Glastonbury Festival at the age of fourteen. A year later, Lily Allen abandoned school and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. Afterwards, Lily Allen created several demo songs, and near the end of 2005, Lily Allen created a profile on MySpace, where she made some of her recordings public.
A contract was signed with the label Regal Recordings, as the views on MySpace rose to tens of thousands. In 2006, Lily Allen began to work on completing what would be her first studio album and its first mainstream single "Smile" reached the top position on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Lily Allen debut record, Alright, Still, was well received on the international market, selling over 2.6 million copies and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. She then began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three.
Her second major album release, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift for her, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was appreciated by the critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You", popular mostly in Europe. Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse have been credited with starting a process that led to the media-proclaimed "year of the women" in 2009 that has seen five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" long nominated for the Mercury Prize. In September 2009, Lily Allen stated that she sees no way that she could ever make a profit making new records. Lily Allen said that Lily Allen has no plans to make another album and Lily Allen is not renewing her record contract. She also announced Lily Allen is considering a career in acting.