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Christel Khalil Bio

(Lily, Y&R)


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BIRTHDATE: November 30, 1987
STAR SIGN: Sagittarius
YEARS ON SHOW: 2002-'05; 2006 - present
MARITAL STATUS: wed Stephen Hensley on September 21, 2008
CHILDREN: son Michael Hensley was born on April 17, 2010

A true California girl, Christel Khalil was born and bred in Los Angeles. She got into acting via her three older brothers, who often accompanied her to acting school. Eventually, Hensley's mom enrolled her in a class, too. By the time she was 5, Hensley was out on the audition circuit and admits she never considered another career path.

Hensley got her big break in 2002, when she landed the role of Lily on YOUNG AND RESTLESS, the very first soap opera she'd auditioned for. The gig garnered her two nominations for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series. She was also nominated for the Outstanding Younger Actress Daytime Emmy Award in 2004 and 2006, and she won the 2008 NAACP Image Award for outstanding actress in a daytime drama series.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Khalil remains close friends with DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Lyndsy Fonseca (Dylan; ex-Colleen, Y&R).
  2. Her most treasured possession is a gold necklace given to her by her grandmother.
  3. Fans often mistake Hensley for actress Jennifer Beals.
  4. During her hiatus from Y&R, Khalil studied French.
  5. She has three older brothers: Adam, Alex and Chris.
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Christel Khalil
YOU ASK, SHE ANSWERS!   Jul 16, 2015

Got a question for Y&R's Christel Khalil (Lily)? 


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Y&R Star's Agency Fires Back   Aug 20, 2013

After Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) filed a breach of contract suit against her...

Y&R's Khalil Staying   Sep 24, 2012

Contract negotiations with Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) have been favorably resolved. 

Christel Khalil On Y&R Status   Aug 23, 2012

Emmy-winner Christel Khalil spoke with MSN.com about her future at Y&R; her...

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Other Roles

TV Roles
W.I.T.C.H. (voice of Cornelia, 2004-'06)
THAT'S SO RAVEN (Crystal, 2003-’04)
GEORGE & LEO (Kid #3, 1997)
FAMILY MATTERS (Angela, 1996)
THE SINBAD SHOW (Crystal, 1993)

Film Roles
White Like the Moon (Nita, 2002)
Interview With the Assassin (Babysitter, 2002)
Milo (Young Claire, 1998)
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Christmas Party (Diana, 1997)
Matilda (Child in Classroom, 1996)
Dragon Fury (Little Girl, 1995)

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