Nicole Evangeline Lilly (born August 3, 1979) is a Canadian actress and author.
In 2008, Lilly appeared in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. She and the rest of the cast won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards. In 2010, Lilly stated her intention to focus on children’s book writing and on feature film roles. On May 11, 2010, Lilly announced on The View that she places writing and being a mother as top priorities, but she likes acting as a day job and she will continue acting when possible.
Lilly took short retirement and was not in contact with Hollywood at all. In 2011, she appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel. Despite having turned down a number of film offers, she travelled to Los Angeles to get the part after director Shawn Levy sent her the script. Levy said: “She’s magnificent to look at, she’s soulful, and she’s sexy. I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man’s world. Bailey needed to have a strength and a toughness that was not at the expense of her being womanly.” In 2012, Lilly was cast as the Mirkwood elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The character, which does not appear in the original book by Tolkien, was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as the head of the Elven guard who wields a bow and two daggers as weapons. Lilly, who had been a fan of Tolkien’s books since she was 13, underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as in the Elvish language for the role. In 2015, Lilly played Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the superhero film Ant-Man, and later reprised her role in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She will star alongside Armie Hammer and Gary Oldman in Dreamland, directed by Nicholas Jarecki.