Christel Khalil

Birth Name:Christel Adnana Khalil
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA


Born Christel Adnana Mina Khalil in Los Angeles, California. She knew that she wanted to be an actress at a very young age. Khalil landed her first role at age five on the Sinbad Show.

Christel began building her resume with small roles in film and television such as Dragon Fury, Matilda, Family Matters, George & Leo, You’re Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Christmas Party, and Milo.

Everything changed in 2002. She began to land more mature roles, including the sought after role as Lily, Neil and Dru Winters daughter, on the Young and the Restless.

In 2003, she began voicing the character of Cornelia Hale on W.I.T.C.H., as well as her Y&R duties. Khalil added appearances on That’s so Raven and Malcolm in the Middle. She won over fans and critics alike, receiving multiple award nominations.

Christel took a break from her busy schedule in 2005, for about a year, before returning to Genoa City. It was just what she needed!
Writers at Y&R got busy writing more adult storylines, such as the death of Dru Winters, love, marriage and childbirth. Khalil shined, winning a NAACP Image Award in 2008 and an Emmy Award in 2012.

She still manages to continue adding to her repertoire; appearances on such shows and films as NCIS: Los Angeles, 2 Broke Girls, Chronologia Human and Bedlam. Christel balances her life on camera and family time off camera with her young son, Michael.

Khalil resides with her son in Los Angeles, California. She loves to travel all around the world in her spare time, and fits in yoga, pilates, hiking, dancing, cooking and singing whenever she can.

Fast Facts

  • November 30, 1987 — Birthdate
  • Her mother, Belita Edwards, is of African American, Native American and Caucasian descent. Her father, Adnan Khalil, is Pakistani.
  • Has three older brothers: Alex, Adam and Chris and a younger half sister, Aysha.
  • Began acting at age 5.
  • Plays the acoustic guitar.
  • Is close friends with co-stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Tammin Sursok. Both of whom portrayed Colleen Carlton, her character’s best friend.
  • Gave birth at the age of 22, to Michael Caden Hensley on April 17, 2010. His father is ex-husband Stephen Hensley.
  • Co-star Bryton is her son’s godfather.


  • Adnan Khalil — Father
  • Belita Edwards Khalil — Mother
  • Alex Khalil — Brother
  • Alex Khalil — Brother
  • Adam Khalil — Brother
  • Chris Khalil — Brother
  • Aysha Khalil— Half-sister
  • Stephen Hensley — Ex-spouse
  • Michael Caden Hensley— Son


Christel Khalil is a child actress who made a successful transition to adult roles. Starting at age 6, Khalil appeared on The Sinbad Show, Dragon Fury, Matilda, Family Matters, Milo, Malcolm in the Middle, That’s so Raven and W.I.T.C.H.

However, it was her role as Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless that actually showed Khalil grow from a young girl to woman before the audience’s eyes.

Christel won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress.

Christel Khalil Photos

Actor (6 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

10-27-2017 — 2017
10-26-2017 — 2017
10-25-2017 — 2017

Lily Ashby 2017

2 Broke Girls (TV Show)

And the Candy Manwich — 2012

Flirty Girl 2012

Interview With The Assassin (Movie)

Babysitter 2002

Milo (Movie)

Young Claire 1998

Matilda (Movie)

Child in Classroom 1996

Dragon Fury (Movie)

Little Girl 1995

Voice (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

W.I.T.C.H. (TV Show)

V is for Victory — 2006
U Is for Undivided — 2006
T Is for Trauma — 2006

Cornelia 2006

Appearing (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

"The Young and the Restless" On-Set (TV Show)

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Guest (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Talk (TV Show)

The Talk — 2012


Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2005