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Charlotte Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971 as Charlotte Lucy Gainsburg) is a French actress and singer-songwriter.

Personal life

Gainsbourg was born in Londonmarker, but was raised in Parismarker. She is the daughter of British actress and singer Jane Birkin and French actor/singer Serge Gainsbourg. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. Gainsbourg's longtime partner and spouse is the French actor/director Yvan Attal, with whom she has two children, Ben (born on 12 June 1997) and Alice (born on 8 November 2002).

On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. She had been experiencing headaches since a minor water skiing accident in the United States several weeks prior.



Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut playing Catherine Deneuve's daughter in the film Paroles et musique (1984). In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress" for L'effrontée, and, in 2000, she won "Best Supporting Actress" for the film La Bûche.

In 1994, Gainsbourg made her stage debut in David Mamet's Oleanna at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnassemarker. Gainsbourg has sung the title song in three of her films.

In 1996, Gainsbourg starred as the title character in Jane Eyre, the acclaimed film adaption of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.

In 2005 she gained critical praise for her role alongside Charlotte Rampling in the surreal thriller Lemming.

In 2007, Gainsbourg appeared alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Michel Gondry's La Science des rêves and as Claire in the Todd Haynes directed Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, also contributing a cover of the Dylan song "Just Like a Woman" to the film's soundtrack.

In 2008, she appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney in the film The City of Your Final Destination. She will soon start filming for the Patrice Chereaufilm project Persecution.

In 2009, she won the award for Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Antichrist.

Patrice Chereau's Persecution premiered in September 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival in competition for the Golden Lion.The film is an intense study of a relationship, also starring Romain Duris and Jean-Hugues Anglade. Gainsbourg's mother Jane Birkin also had a film screening in competition, Jacques Rivette's "36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup".


Charlotte Gainsbourg during the Air concert in Melkweg, Amsterdam on March 27th, 2007.
Gainsbourg made her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" in 1984. Two years later, she released her debut album Charlotte for Ever, which was produced by her father.

In 2000, Gainsbourg was featured on the Madonna album, Music on the track "What It Feels Like For A Girl". There is a lengthy spoken intro by Gainsbourg, taken from the film The Cement Garden, which inspired the title of the song. The track was further remixed for the single version of this song in 2001, with Gainsbourg's The Cement Garden speech repeated during the song.

In 2004, she sang a duet with French pop star Étienne Daho on his single "If".

In 2006, Gainsbourg released her second album 5:55 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot on the French charts and achieving platinum status in the country. In the UK, the album was moderately successful, reaching #78 (The single "The Songs That We Sing" only made #129).

Gainsbourg has now completed her third studio album, IRM. It has also been confirmed that Beck is working on the upcoming album. One of the influential factors in the album's creative process was her time spent filming Antichrist.



Year Film Role Notes
1984 Paroles et musique Charlotte Marker
1985 La tentation d'Isabelle L'enfant
L'Effrontée Charlotte Castang César Award for Most Promising Actress
1986 Charlotte For Ever Charlotte Serge Gainsbourg film
1988 La Petit Amour Lucy aka Kung-fu master!
Jane B. par Agnès V. La fille de J. Agnès Varda film
The Little Thief Janine Castang aka La petite voleuse
1990 Il sole anche di notte Matilda Paolo and Vittorio Taviani film
1991 Merci la vie Camille Pelleveau
Aux yeux du monde Juliette Mangin Éric Rochant film
1992 Amoureuse Marie aka The Lover
1993 The Cement Garden Julie Andrew Birkin film
1994 Grosse Fatigue Herself aka Dead Tired
1996 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre Franco Zeffirelli film
Anna Oz Anna Oz Éric Rochant film
Love etc. Marie Marion Vernoux film
1999 The Intruder Catherine Girard
La Bûche Milla Robin aka Season's Beatings
2000 Passionnément Alice Almeida aka Passionately
2001 Félix et Lola Lola Patrice Leconte film
My Wife Is an Actress Charlotte aka Ma Femme est une actrice
2002 La merveilleuse odyssée de l'idiot Toboggan Voice
2003 21 Grams Mary Rivers
2004 Une star internationale Herself Short film
Ils Se Marièrent et Eurent Beaucoup d'Enfants Gabrielle aka ...And They Lived Happily Ever After
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part Judith aka One Stays, the Other Leaves
Lemming Bénédicte Getty Dominik Moll film
2006 Nuovomondo Lucy Reed aka The Golden Door
Prête-moi ta main Emma aka I Do/Rent a Wife
La Science des rêves Stéphanie aka The Science of Sleep
2007 I'm Not There Claire Todd Haynes film
2008 The City of Your Final Destination Arden Langdon Awaiting release
2009 Antichrist She Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Persécution Sonia Patrice Chéreau film
2010 The Tree 2010 Dawn Julie Bertuccelli film Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Nuremberg Marie Claude Vaillant-Couturier Miniseries
Les Misérables Fantine Miniseries

Discography (album)


  1. Source of real name and birth date: birth certificate provided by the French Ministère des affaires étrangères, according to this web site
  2. Movie Habit: Interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal
  4. Charlotte's web - Times Online

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