For more than three decades, Christel Khalil has been a regular face on our screens and her charismatic talents always leave fans begging for more. Besides embodying several characters on TV and film, she has other artistic talents that have established her as a star in the entertainment industry. Away from the camera, the Y&R star counts her family members as her strongest support system.
Khalil is the last of the four children born to her parents – Belita Edwards and Adnan Kahlil. She and her three older brothers Alex, Adam, and Chris have a rich cultural heritage. The siblings have paternal Pakistani roots as well as mixed maternal ancestry that cut across Africa, Europe, and Native America. She also has a younger half-sister Aysha from her dad. Her quest for freedom has made her take some life-changing decisions both in her personal and professional life which everybody is interested to know.
Christel Khalil Made Her Screen Debut As A Guest On The Set Of The Sinbad Show
A native Californian born on November 30, 1987, Christel Adnana Mina Khalil has been on the acting scene since the age of five. The actress has not disclosed any information about her educational background but for career, we know that she made her screen debut on TV in 1993 after landing a guest role as Crystal in the sitcom The Sinbad Show.
She has since followed up with other TV roles in series such as Family Matters (1996), George & Leo (1997), That’s So Raven (2003 – 2004), and Malcolm in the Middle (2006). Other TV roles Khalil has appeared in include Y&R (1973), also has credited in NCIS: Los Angeles (2012), and 2 Broke Girls (2011).
Christel Khalil has done some voice-over work in W.I.T.C.H, breathing life into the character of Cornelia Hale from 2004 – 2006. Also, the music video for Beautiful Queen by Johnny Britt’s featured her on set in 2012.
Her Most Popular Role is As Lily Winters In The Young and the Restless
Khalil’s most famous role yet is clearly that of Lily Winters on the famous CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. She joined the show in 2002 on a contract basis until 2005; the actress was later made a series regular in 2006. However, in 2018, Christel Khalil made an announcement stating that she would like to downgrade – to appear on a recurring basis. According to the popular actress, her decision was informed by her desire to enjoy more freedom in her personal and professional life. Reports said that she equally voiced her dissatisfaction with her role as Lily before coming up with the decision.
Christel Khalil continued appearing sporadically on the show until Josh Griffith – the current co-executive producer and head writer of the show approached her to return to filming on a regular basis in January 2020. Christel’s role in the show earned her the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series; this award came after she was already nominated four times for the category. In all, her role in The Young and the Restless has earned her no less than 14 prestigious award nominations.
She Has Also Landed Several Big Roles On the Big Screen
More so, Christel Khalil made her film debut in 1995 with the movie Dragon Fury. Her other big-screen credits include The 1996 Matilda, You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Christmas Party which was released in 1997, Milo that was the flavor of 1998, and Interview with the Assassin – a 2002 movie.
Her other movie credits include White Like the Moon in 2002, Chronologia Human released in 2017, and Bedlam in 2017. Since dropping down her status on the Y&R series, Christel Khalil has pursued other film projects landing big roles in Sorority Stalker: No Good Deed during the spring of 2018; the independent thriller premiered on the Lifetime Network. In 2019, she appeared in We Need To Talk written and directed by Todd Wolfe.
What Else is Christel Khali Known For?
Away from acting, Khalil is also a talented musician and prides in her ability to play the guitar. The famed entertainer has also added modeling to her resume. In 2015, she modeled for a non-profit organization called True Connection. When the cameras are not rolling, Khalil who is an avid traveler spends her time traveling across the globe. Additionally, she enjoys hiking, cooking, dancing, playing the guitar, practicing yoga, singing, and also horseback riding in her leisure time.
Khalil is also quite popular on social media. She is active on some networking platforms and fans can connect with the actress on Twitter and Instagram (@christeladnana).
What We Know About Christel Khalil’s Personal Life And Divorces
Christel Khalil was once happily married to musician and actor Stephen Hensley. Details regarding the couple’s romance from the outset and how they met are quite sketchy, but they are believed to have dated for a while before tying the knot on the 21st of September 2008. Their wedding was well attended by celebrities like Bryton James – American actor, voice artist, and singer who served as a groomsman. Serving as a bridesmaid at the occasion was Elizabeth Hendrickson – Christel Khalil’s co-star in The Young and the Restless.
All were presumed well for the celebrity pair until 2011 when the marriage hit the rocks with Khalil filing for divorce on the 8th of March that year. Their divorce was eventually finalized on the 1st of September the same year, following which the celeb actress hosted a celebratory “divorce party” at her residence the next month.
Following their split, Khalil moved on to bar runner, Ray Wicks. The couple was together until mid-2015 before calling it quits. More recently, the actress was linked to a businessman called Sam Restagno from Canada. Though details of their romance have not been disclosed, they are believed to have been dating for a couple of years.
Meet Christel Khalil’s Son And Parents
Christel Khalil is a proud mom to Michael Caden Hensley, the son she had with her ex-husband Stephen Hensley on the 17thof April 2010. The actress who currently resides with her son in Toronto, Ontario, is grateful for the joy of motherhood which has helped her understand and focus on the more important things in life. From empathy to compassion to selflessness and so much more, Khalil claims her son Michael whom she had at a young age has taught her many life lessons. The Y&R star also shares a close bond with her family and doesn’t hesitate to flaunt some of their special moments with fans on social media.