Virginie Ledoyen

Actor, Model
Possessing a unique blend of innocence and sexuality, the alarmingly pretty, almond-eyed Virginie Ledoyen has delivered performances every bit as striking as her good looks and has arguably become the preeminent French ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1976 in France

Filmography

Actor (35)

Ablations 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Angelica (Actor)

Farewell, My Queen 2012 (Movie)

Gabrielle de Polignac (Actor)

Un autre vie 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

XIII 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Army of Crime 2010 (Movie)

Mélinée Manouchian (Actor)

Tout Ce Qui Brille 2010 (Movie)

Agathe (Actor)

Shall We Kiss? 2009 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

A Pain in the Ass 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mes Amis, Mes Amours 2008 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Holly 2007 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

The Valet 2007 (Movie)

Emilie (Actor)

Nathalie... 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Backwoods 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bon Voyage 2004 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Saint Ange 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

8 Women 2002 (Movie)

Suzon (Actor)

De l'amour 2001 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Les Miserables 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

Francoise (Actor)

Jeanne and the Perfect Guy 1999 (Movie)

Jeanne (Actor)

Late August, Early September 1999 (Movie)

Anne Rosenwald (Actor)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

Billy's Mother (Actor)

In All Innocence 1998 (Movie)

Cecile Maudet (Actor)

A Single Girl 1996 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Crack 6-T 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heroines 1996 (Movie)

Johanna (Actor)

La Cérémonie 1996 (Movie)

Melinda (Actor)

Mahjong 1996 (Movie)

Marthe (Actor)

Cold Water 1994 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Les Marmottes 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Voleur d'enfants 1991 (Movie)

Gabrielle--as a 15-Year-Old (Actor)

Mima 1990 (Movie)

Mima (Actor)

Les Exploits d'un jeune Don Juan 1986 (Movie)

Berthe (Actor)

Biography

Possessing a unique blend of innocence and sexuality, the alarmingly pretty, almond-eyed Virginie Ledoyen has delivered performances every bit as striking as her good looks and has arguably become the preeminent French actress of her generation. Along the way she has drawn comparisons to the likes of Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau and seems poised to make her mark in English-language films as well. A model at the age of two, she began acting in commercials soon after and landed her first movie bit at age nine in "Les Exploits d'un jeune Don Juan/The Exploits of a Young Don Juan" (1987). She later starred as "Mima", the sweet child who sees the men who take her grandfather away to kill him in Philomene Esposito's attractive first feature, and played a teenager adopted by a bizarre Argentine expatriate (Marcello Mastroianni) in "Le Voleur d'enfants/The Children Thief" (both 1991).

Relationships

Bernard Fernandez

Father
sold second hand goods divorced from Ledoyen's mother

Olga Fernandez

Mother
divorced from Ledoyen's father remarried

Michel Fernandez

Brother
younger

Iain Rogers

Husband
married as of September 2007

Lilas Rogers

Daughter
born September 29, 2001 name means "Lilac" in French

EDUCATION

Ecole des Enfants du Spectre

Paris
attended from age nine to age 16; studied dance, acting and piano in afternoon sessions

Milestones

2007

Co-starred with Daniel Auteuil in Francis Veber's "The Valet"

2007

Appeared in the child trafficking drama, "Holly"

2003

Appeared in "Bon voyage" with Gérard Depardieu

2002

Appeared in Francois Ozon's "8 Femmes"

2000

Reteamed with Canet to play a couple who encounter a traveler (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the triangular love story "The Beach", adapted from the cult novel by Alex Garland

2000

Acted in French miniseries version of "Les Miserables", starring Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich; aired in USA on Fox Family Channel in January 2001

1999

Signed by L'Oreal as a commercial spokesperson

1999

Attended Cannes as a representative of L'Oreal, one of the official partners of the festival; also a member of the jury to select the best short film

1998

Starred opposite Mathieu Demy in "Jeanne and the Perfect Guy", a musical recalling those directed by Demy's father Jacques (particularly "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" 1964 and "The Young Girls of Rochefort" 1967); earned Paris Film Festival Best Actress Aw

1998

Starred opposite Guillaume Canet (as her bartender boyfriend) in "En Plain coeur/In All Innocence", a remake of the 1958 Brigitte Bardot film "En cas de malheur"; played the Bardot role of a young thief who has an affair with her lawyer

1998

Reteamed with Assayas for fine ensemble pic, "Late August, Early September"

1998

Made American film debut as a young mother who gives her son up for adoption in the Merchant Ivory production "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"; first English-language role

1997

Appeared again in title role of Jacquot's "Marianne", a 90-minute distillation from the helmer's 1994 miniseries

1996

Acted in Edward Yang's "Mahjong"

1995

Co-starred in Claude Chabrol's "La Ceremonie", alongside Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire

1995

Had title role in Jacquot's "La Fille seule/A Single Girl"; received 1996 Cesar Award nomination as most promising young actress

1994

Breakthrough role in "L'Eau froid/Cold Water", directed by Olivier Assayas

1994

Initial collaboration with Benoit Jacquot, the French TV miniseries "La Vie de Marianne", adapted from the unfinished novel by 18th Century French writer Marivaux

1993

Acted with Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Hugues Anglade in "Les Marmottes/The Groundhogs"

1993

Appeared in the French telefilm "La Regle de l'homme"

1992

Directed by Marcel Carne in uncompleted "Mouche", put on hold in fall of the year due to bad weather and production insurance problems owing to the director's age and failing health

1991

Played the title role of "Mima", a sweet 12-year-old who sees the men who take her grandfather away to kill him

1991

Had supporting role in "Le Voleur d'enfants/The Children Thief"

1987

Film debut, "The Exploits of a Young Don Juan"

1987

At age nine, made stage acting debut in "L'affaire du courrier de Lyon" (date approximate)

1979

Began modeling as a toddler at age two (date approximate)

Raised in Paris

Appeared in several television commercials as a child

Bonus Trivia

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Ledoyen is secretary general of "Pour le Tibet", a charitable organization that brings medical aid to Tibetan centers in the Himalayas and North India. In the spring of 1997, she spent a fortnight in India to learn more about the needs of the people there.

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"A character exists at the moment. I don't want to know their background." --Virginie Ledoyen quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, October 31, 1996

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"People say I'm very tough, but I'm not sure I am. I do like to play girls who are independent, who have a lot of character and a story to tell. They just aren't there to be pretty." --Ledoyen quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 1, 1996

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"I've always loved the cinema, and whenever I see Jennifer Jason Leigh I'm moved. But it's not like I want to be her, because if I try to be someone else, it's not going to be my life." --Ledoyen to VANITY FAIR, September 1999

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"My father sold all sorts of things--knives, household objects. Selling on the [Paris] markets is kind of theater, a real art of persuasion. Perhaps my desire to become an actress started there." --Ledoyen in US, February 2000

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"I don't want to project the image of a glamorous girl." --Ledoyen to DETAILS, February 2000

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On acting as a child: "It was a hobby. It was very exciting because I liked to wear make-up and costumes and being with adults. But I never thought being an actress was work, because it was so funny and pleasant. I thought work should be hard and tough. I didn't realise what I was doing." --Virginie Ledoyen quoted in the London TIMES, January 8, 2000

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