Charlie McDowell: who is Lily Collins’ husband, when was their wedding - and what happened with Emilia Clarke?

The film director - whose parents are actors Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell - began dating the Emily in Paris star in 2019

On 7 September, actress Lily Collins released stunning photos from her wedding to Charlie McDowell, which took place in Colorado.

Daughter of English musician Phil Collins, Emily is best known for her leading role as Netflix’s Emily in Paris.

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She confirmed the news on her Instagram, writing: “We Officially Became Each Other’s Forever”.

So, who is her husband and how did they meet? This is what you need to know.

Who is Charlie McDowell?

McDowell is a film director, best known for his 2014 film The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.

Born in Hollywood in July 1983, McDowell is the youngest of two children born to English actor Malcolm McDowell and American actress Mary Steenburgen. His parent divorced in 1991 and his stepfather is Three Men and a Baby actor Ted Danson.

He is no relation to actress Andie MacDowell, but there has been a decade-long running joke between the pair which sees his wishing her a Happy Mothers’ Day every year and wishing her a ‘Happy Birthday, Mum’.

Aside from his directing career, he is also well known for his witty humour on Twitter and was once described by Time as having one of the most hilarious feeds on the platform.

His film credits include directing sci-fi romantic thriller The Discovery (2017), as well as directing episodes of Silicon Valley, Dear White People, Tales from the Loop and Dispatches from Elsewhere.

In 2013, he released a book titled  Dear Girls Above Me, based on his Tweets.

Who else has he dated?

McDowell was previously in a relationship with actress and animal rights activist Rooney Marra, from 2010 until 2016.

He then dates Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke for a year, from 2018 until their split in early 2019. The couple did not go public with their split, with the only tell-tale sign at the time being that he stopped following her on Instagram.

Later that year, it was reported that he was dating Lily Collins.

How did he meet Lily Collins?

While there is no information as to how they met, Lily did confirm their relationship on Instagram in September 2019.

She shared snaps of the pair in France, where she was filming her Netflix series Emily in Paris.

In September 2020, Collins revealed that he had popped the question - she showed of her stunning square diamond ring in a sequence of photos and videos shared on her social media.

The ring was custom-made by jeweller Irene Neuwirth.

At the time of their engagement, Collins told EXTRA: "I think we’re just, you know, totally soaking in being engaged and still celebrating with people that we can, in a way that is safe.

"Eight months of being together in quarantine has definitely felt like the most incredible way of getting to know someone."

On 7 September, she shared a sequence of photos of them together - captioning one shot “what started as a fairytale is now my forever reality.”

She also wrote: I’ve never wanted to be someone’s someone more than I do yours, and now I get to be your wife. On September 4th, 2021 we officially became each other’s forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell…⁣”

“Never been happier” a third post read.

The  couple married in Dunton, Colorado.