Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actor, Singer
The progeny of a French recording artist and a British film star, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg inherited not only her parents' respective talents, but their penchant for embracing the unconventional. In the ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1971 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (45)

Trois coeurs 2015 (Movie)

Sylvie (Actor)

Everything Will Be Fine 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Incompresa 2014 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II 2014 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Samba 2014 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 2013 (Movie)

La colonelle (Actor)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2013 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Confession of a Child of the Century 2012 (Movie)

Brigitte (Actor)

Do Not Disturb 2012 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

Melancholia 2011 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Tree 2011 (Movie)

Dawn (Actor)

The City of Your Final Destination 2010 (Movie)

Arden Langdon (Actor)

Antichrist 2009 (Movie)

She (Actor)

Persécution 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Golden Door 2007 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

I Do 2006 (Movie)

Emmanuelle (Actor)

Lemming 2006 (Movie)

Benedicte Getty (Actor)

The Science of Sleep 2006 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Happily Ever After 2005 (Movie)

Gabrielle (Actor)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

Mary Rivers (Actor)

My Wife is an Actress 2002 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Felix and Lola 2001 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Les Miserables 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

La Buche 2000 (Movie)

Milla (Actor)

Passionnement 2000 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Love ETC. 1999 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

The Intruder 1998 (Movie)

Catherine Girard (Actor)

Anna Oz 1996 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre 1996 (Movie)

Jane Eyre (Actor)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Cement Garden 1994 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

L' Amoureuse 1992 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

In the Eyes of the World 1991 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Merci, la vie 1991 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Night Sun 1990 (Movie)

Matilda (Actor)

Kung Fu Master! 1989 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

The Little Thief 1989 (Movie)

Janine Castang (Actor)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Charlotte For Ever 1986 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Words and Music 1986 (Movie)

Charlotte--Margaux's Daughter (Actor)

L' Effrontee 1985 (Movie)

Charlotte Castang (Actor)

La Tentation d'Isabelle 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Performer

Love ETC. 1999 (Movie)

("Love etc") (Song Performer)

Biography

The progeny of a French recording artist and a British film star, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg inherited not only her parents' respective talents, but their penchant for embracing the unconventional. In the spotlight roughly from birth, it came as little surprise when the youngster first appeared on film, starring alongside French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve in the film "Paroles et Musique" (1983) at the age of 12. A role in the drama "L'Effrontee" (1985) two years later earned Gainsbourg a Cesar Award for Most Promising Newcomer, an accomplishment followed by her first music album Charlotte for Ever in 1986. Before long, she was working with the likes of director Franco Zeffirelli as the titular star of "Jane Eyre" (1996), appearing opposite Sean Penn in "21 Grams" (2003), and winning the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her shocking turn in Lars von Trier's take on the horror genre "Antichrist" (2009). Music remained a passion for Gainsbourg, who continued to release such well-received albums as 2009's IRM. Other projects included her return to the world of von Trier in another Cannes favorite, the heralded apocalyptic drama "Melancholia" (2011). Possessing a non-traditional beauty and an unconventional artistic bent, Gainsbourg enjoyed her reputation as one of the more versatile, talented and daring performers on the international landscape.

Relationships

Yvan Attal Actor

Companion
Together since c. 1991

Alice Attal

Daughter
Born in November 2002; father, Yvan Attal

Ben Attal

Son
Born in June 1997; father is Yvan Attal

Kate Barry

Half-Sister
Born April 8, 1967 to John Barry and Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin Actor

Mother
Born Dec. 14, 1946; British; lived with Serge Gainsbourg until Charlotte was nine, but never married

Andrew Birkin Actor

Uncle

Lou Doillon Actor

Half-Sister
Born Sept. 4, 1982 to Jacques Doillon and Jane Birkin

Serge Gainsbourg Actor

Father
Born April 2, 1928; French; lived with Jane Birkin until Charlotte was nine years old Died on March 2, 1991

Lucien Gainsbourg

Half-Brother
Born Jan. 5, 1986 to Serge Gainsbourg and Caroline Von Paulus, better known as Bambou

Natacha Gainsbourg

Half-Sister
Born in 1964; father, Serge Gainsbourg

Paul Gainsbourg

Half-Brother
Born in 1968; father, Serge Gainsbourg

Milestones

2011

Re-teamed with Von Trier, co-starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in the apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"

2009

Released the Beck-produced electropop album IRM

2009

Co-starred in Lars von Trier's controversial film "Antichrist"

2008

Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney in the film "The City of Your Final Destination"

2007

Starred in the Italian film "The Golden Door," written and directed by Emanuele Crialese

2007

Joined an ensemble cast for Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," about the life of musician Bob Dylan

2006

Co-starred in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"

2006

Released first album in 20 years, 5:55

2004

Sang a duet with French pop star Étienne Daho on his single "If"

2003

Featured in "21 Grams," which also starred Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts

2001

Starred opposite Philippe Torreton in "Felix et Lola," directed by Patrice Leconte

2001

Had leading role in Yvan Attal's "Ma Femme est une Actrice/My Wife Is an Actress"

2000

Co-starred in the TNT miniseries "Nuremberg"

1999

Played the younget of three sisters coping with the impending Christmas holidays in "La Buche"

1999

Played the lead in photographer in David Bailey's feature directorial debut "The Intruder"

1996

Landed title role in the remake "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre"

1993

Appeared in "The Cement Garden"; helmed by her uncle Andrew Birkin

1989

Gained first notice in America with "The Little Thief"

1987

Starred in "Kung Fu Masters"; written by her mother

1986

Released her debut album Charlotte for Ever

1985

Became a leading actress with "L'Effrontee"

1984

Appeared in the incest-themed drama "Charlotte Forever," starring and directed by her father; also recorded the controversial duet with her father titled "Lemon Incest"

1982

Made film debut in "Paroles et musiques/Love Songs"

Bonus Trivia

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"She has immense resources of violence and emotion. When she got 'Jane Eyre' it made perfect sense." – Jane Birkin on her daughter Charlotte, quoted in The New York Times, April 7, 1996

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"The thing that makes her so good is how conscious she is. She's strong and sinewy, one of the best actresses I have ever worked with." – William Hurt, co-star in the film "Jane Eyre" to The New York Times, April 7, 1996

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"Although my parents seemed frivolous, my father was very strict, not about things like clothes and table manners, but about school. I went to about 15 schools, but I had a very serious education." – Gainsbourg in The New York Times, April 7, 1996

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On Sept. 5, 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. She was involved in a minor waterskiing accident in the U.S. several weeks prior to her hospitalization.

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