Irene Jacob

Actor
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au Revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1966 in Switzerland

Filmography

Actor (34)

Dying of the Light 2014 (Movie)

Michelle Zubarain (Actor)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

Irène (Actor)

Les yeux de Simone 2008 (Movie)

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No Quality for Heroes 2007 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

The Inner Life of Martin Frost 2007 (Movie)

Claire Martin (Actor)

Autumn 2006 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

The Education of a Fairy 2006 (Movie)

Ingrid (Actor)

Nouvelle-France 2005 (Movie)

Angelique de Roquebrune (Actor)

The Pornographer, A Love Story 2003 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The Landlords 2001 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Spy Games 2000 (Movie)

Natasha Scriobina (Actor)

Victory 2000 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

The Girl (Actor)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

Heloise (Actor)

American Cuisine 1998 (Movie)

Gabrielle (Actor)

Incognito 1998 (Movie)

Marieke Van Den Broeck (Actor)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

All Men Are Mortal 1995 (Movie)

Regina (Actor)

Othello 1995 (Movie)

Desdemona (Actor)

Fugueuses 1994 (Movie)

Prune (Actor)

Red 1994 (Movie)

Valentine (Actor)

La Prediction 1993 (Movie)

Lyuda (Actor)

Le Moulin de Daudet 1993 (Movie)

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The Secret Garden 1993 (Movie)

Lilias Craven--Mary's Mother (Actor)

Trusting Beatrice 1993 (Movie)

Beatrice de Lucio (Actor)

The Van Gogh Wake 1992 (Movie)

Joanna (Actor)

The Double Life of Veronique 1991 (Movie)

Veronique/Veronika (Actor)

The Secret of Sarah Tombelaine 1990 (Movie)

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Erreur de jeunesse 1989 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

La Bande des quatre 1989 (Movie)

Marina (Actor)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

Mademoiselle Davenne (Actor)

L' Affaire Marcorelle 1949 (Movie)

Agneska (Actor)

FourPlay (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Brass Ring (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au Revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and followed up with another small role in Jacques Rivette's "La Bande des quatre/The Gang of Four" (1989).

EDUCATION

Geneva Conservatoire di Musique

Dramatic Studio

National Drama School

Milestones

2000

Cast opposite Macauley Culkin in "Madame Melville", a London stage drama about an older woman-younger man relationship

1999

Portrayed a Frenchwoman who has an affair with her brother-in-law in "My Life So Far"

1998

Co-starred in "U.S. Marshals"

1995

Played Desdemona opposite Laurence Fishburne's "Othello"

1994

Reteamed with Kieslowski for "Red", one of a trilogy of films based on the Tricolore: liberty, equality and fraternity; Kieslowski's final film

1993

Cast as the heroine's mother in "The Secret Garden"

1991

First starring role, "The Double Life of Veronique"; first of two films with director Krzysztof Kieslowski

1991

First US film, "Trusting Beatrice"

1987

Film debut, "Au Revoir, les enfants", directed by Louis Malle

1984

Moved to Paris (date approximate)

Raised in Geneva

Bonus Trivia

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"Before I play a character, I always choose a scent for her to wear. Then, whenever I put that fragrance on, I feel like I'm in the character's skin." --Irene Jacob quoted in US, January 1996

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"I like to tell stories. I don't feel an actress should impose herself on a character. Our role is to make up a story." --Irene Jacob to Premiere, November 1991

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