Nicole Evangeline Lilly (born August 3, 1979) is a Canadian actress, known best for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC drama, Lost.
Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, to a devoutly Evangelical Christian family, though her mother's side has been described as "intellectual atheists". Her father is a home economics teacher, and her mother is a beauty consultant. Lilly also has two sisters. Her youngest sister, Andrea, has been described by Evangeline as "the actor in the family" During her childhood, the family did not have a television.
Before leaving the town of Fort Saskatchewan, she attended three elementary schools. She briefly attended Fort Elementary, Rudolph Henning and James Mowat Elementary. During a phone interview with the local paper, The Record, Lilly was quoted saying, "When I was a kid, the Fort was tiny. I could ride my bike at five years old from one end of town to the other ... To me Fort Saskatchewan holds a lot of really great memories. I just consider it a little happy hideaway."
Lilly served briefly as a foreign missionary and lived in a grass hut in the Philippines. She was offered a missionary position there for two years, an offer she