She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. Inshe made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings. Her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's Yousaw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one.
It spawned the hit singles Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae The Fear " and " Fuck You ". Allen and Amy Winehouse were credited with starting a process that led to the "year of the women" media label in that saw five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize.
After announcing a hiatus from her music career inAllen launched her own record label, In the Name Ofin Her family were devout Catholics. When she was four, her father left the family. For that time, Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae family lived with comedian Harry Enfield while her mother dated him. The Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen. Allen attended 13 schools, including Prince Charles's junior alma mater, Hill House SchoolMillfieldBedales School  and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking.
Allen told Loveline that the audience was "brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good". At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system. She played the piano to grade 5 standard and achieved grade 8 in singing. Allen also played violin, guitar and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir.
Her first solo was " In the Bleak Midwinter ". That same year, Allen appeared in the music video to the Fat Les song " Vindaloo ". She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae pension for the next third of her life.
When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead. She earned money by working at a Plastic Fantastic record store and dealing ecstasy.
She eventually used her father's connections to get signed to London Records in Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building. The success convinced her label to allow her more creative control over the album and to use some of the songs that she had written instead of forcing her to work with mainstream producers. Allen decided to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronsonfinishing the rest of the album in two weeks.
By Decemberher music video for Smile had been played on various music channels as well as the song getting a little airplay. Entertainment Weekly named Alright, Still as one of the top 10 albums of despite the fact that it had not Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae been released in the US.
The album was released in the US on 30 January Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae, landing at 20 on the Billboard She sang "LDN" and "Smile". Allen won a BMI songwriting award for "Smile". Allen signed a one series contract to present her own BBC Three TV show titled Lily Allen and Friends based on the social networking phenomenon that helped to launch her music career. After the release of her first album, her parent record company, EMIwas taken over by Terra Firma.
At the urging of her record company, Allen tried unsuccessfully to create the album with several writers and producers. Allen eventually returned to Greg Kurstin who had written three songs for Alright, Still. This is a change from her earlier work in which she wrote lyrics for finished tracks. I Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work.
I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I've grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that. Allen cancelled a scheduled appearance at the Isle of Wight Festivaltelling festival promoter John Giddings the reason for the cancellation was that her album was behind schedule.
Giddings said that the reason given was not acceptable and possibly a lie. Giddings decided not to sue her. An emotional Allen dedicated her performance of " Littlest Things " to her grandmother who died the night before.
During autumnEMI was undergoing restructuring. Due to this environment, a decision was made to move the album's eventual release date. By 18 February"The Game" had been played over two million times. Allen appeared overwhelmed by this recognition from what she considered "real awards".
Allen was named the face of the National Portrait Gallery as part of the gallery's marketing campaign. The pair sang " Dream a Little Dream of Me " at a karaoke auction fundraiser. In September Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae, Allen announced that she was considering a career in acting, that she would not renew her record contract, and that she had "no plans" to make another record.
Allen and her sister opened their own clothing store titled "Lucy in Disguise" on 15 September In November that year, she took legal action against Associated Newspapersthe parent company of the Daily Mail after the Daily Mail published photographs of her home, citing invasion of privacy and copyright infringement. The first act signed to the label was New York noise pop duo Cults. The song, which also features Wiz Khalifawas released in Septemberand reached number ten on the Billboard Hot chart,  making it Allen's first Top 10 single in the United States.
On 20 JuneAllen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music. Allen said in October that she was in the studio, "throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks It's great to work at my own pace with no commitments other than to make music. On 12 NovemberAllen premiered the video for her new song " Hard Out Here " on her official website.
In DecemberAllen was announced as one of the newest signees at Warner Bros. In an interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show on 21 FebruaryAllen confirmed that her third studio album would be titled Sheezusand said that it was "a little nod to Kanye West ". Following the release of SheezusAllen had an " identity crisis ". She did not enjoy the music she was being asked to create and believed people within the music industry were controlling her musical choices.
Allen has been working with Mark Ronson. Allen decided to do this because she felt that people are often led "by outside forces" when they are trying to express themselves, the is something she wanted to explore when creating No Shame. Later that year, in December, a song called "Trigger Bang" was leaked and Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae rapper Giggs. An electropop album, No Shame takes influence from dancehall and reggaeand features confessional lyrics that discuss the breakdown of Allen's marriage and friendships, maternal guilt, substance abusealong with social and political issues.
Upon release No Shame was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised the album's mature lyrical content and themes, Allen's artistic evolution, the composition and Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae. The album peaked at number eight on the UK Albums Chartit reached the top 40 on the New Zealand and Irish charts and became Allen's fourth consecutive top 10 album in Australia.
To promote the album, Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae embarked on her worldwide No Shame Tour. Allen began dating musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers in Septemberand in December, Allen announced that she and Simons were expecting a child. Allen has stated that she spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic due to depression. In JulyAllen began dating Sam Cooper, a builder and decorator. Allen and Cooper became engaged in December while on holiday in Bali.
James Church in Cranham, GloucestershireEngland. The designer of Allen's wedding dress confirmed she was several months pregnant on the wedding day.
On 2 SeptemberAllen posted on Instagram that she had had sex with female Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae in whilst married Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae Cooper, and whilst on tour promoting Sheezus.
Allen has criticised the press for portraying the events as a "lesbian prostitute sex romp". In mid, Allen and Cooper broke up, after she told him about her acts of infidelity. Allen has spoken publicly about her seven-year stalking ordeal and the effect it had on her life. Her stalker, Alex Gray, who had sent an email to his mother stating he was planning on murdering a celebrity, spent nights in her back garden, broke into her bedroom whilst she was sleeping and ultimately forced Allen to move.
She has strongly criticised the Metropolitan Police for their inaction in the case, which included refusals to show Allen a picture of her stalker, lending her a panic alarm before demanding it back and refusal to believe stalking incidents were linked. Gray was also made the subject of a restraining order and banned from entering the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham or the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Allen said that she isolated herself following the stalking incidents, believing that "nobody was taking me seriously because the police weren't taking me seriously". This coincided with her divorce, in which she Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae "everyone sided with [Cooper]", and her album No Shame became the outlet for her issues. Allen is a cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special. Due to her outspokenness, Allen was the subject of many controversies early in her career.
She later said that making fun of other pop stars was a result of a lack of confidence, saying "I felt like 'Oh God, I'm short, fat, ugly and I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty. Prior to this, she had expressed discomfort with attention from Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae paparazzi on her Myspace blog.
People get hurt, people get upset. Some of the material was reprinted in the British tabloid The Sun. Both publications later apologised and paid damages to Allen. Allen's November video for " Hard out Here " was accused of being racist for its use of mostly black dancers in an allegedly "disapproving" manner.
Allen responded that ethnicity was not a factor in hiring the dancers, and the video was a lighthearted satirical look at objectification of women in modern pop music. But I was guilty of assuming that there was a one-size-fits-all where feminism is concerned.
Although Allen is a staunch supporter of the Labour Party she was credited with helping inspire a parliamentary rebellion against former Prime Minister Torrente di alcolismo di Allen Carrhae Brown when she wrote to all members of parliament asking them to back an amendment to an energy bill, requiring a reward scheme for home production of renewable energy.
After the British government's plans to implement a three-strikes policy for file sharing copyright infringement, Allen came out in support for disconnecting repeat offenders. On 1 OctoberAllen and several other musicians released the world's first digital musical petition aimed at pressuring world leaders attending the December climate change summit in Copenhagen.
During the London assembly and mayoral elections in AprilAllen announced that she would be giving "half her vote to the Women's Equality Party " — by voting for them on the London-wide Assembly list but voting Labour elsewhere. In JuneAllen published several tweets and attended protests in support of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbynafter mass resignations from his cabinet and a leadership challenge.