Léa Seydoux, born July 1, 1985 in Paris, is a French actress. Coming from a family linked to cinema, her career began in the early 2000s but it was in 2008, in the film La Belle Person, that she was particularly noticed. She therefore becomes an actress in demand by French cinema.
Her career also took an international turn and she played in big American productions like Inglourious Basterds (2009) by Quentin Tarantino, Robin Hood (2010) by Ridley Scott, or Mission Impossible: Phantom Protocol (2011) by Brad Bird.
In 2015, she became the James Bond girl Madeleine Swann alongside Daniel Craig in 007 Specter by Sam Mendes, a film that achieved great box office success. In 2020, she retains her role in Die Can Wait and thus becomes the second actress after Eunice Gayson to obtain the same role of James Bond girl in two consecutive films.
Léa Seydoux has been nominated four times for a César, and won the Palme Dor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for La Vie dAdele.
Léa Seydoux is the daughter of Valérie Schlumberger, of the Schlumberger family, and of the entrepreneur Henri Seydoux of the Seydoux family. She is thus the granddaughter of Jérôme Seydoux,
the president of Pathé, the great-niece of Nicolas Seydoux, the president of the supervisory board of Gaumont, and of Michel Seydoux, former president of LOSC between 2002 and 2017.
She specifies that: “My grandfather, the president of Pathé, never showed the slightest interest or lifted a finger for my career. And I never asked him anything. She is also the cousin of Sidonie Dumas, daughter of Nicolas Seydoux and the current CEO of the Gaumont group.
Her parents divorced when Léa was three years old. Her mother Valérie then lives in Gorée in Senegal where she devotes her life to people in difficulty. Léa knows this region well because she regularly spends time there with her mother.
She grew up in luxury and surrounded by celebrities like Christian Louboutin9, in a house just next to the Lycée Fénelon. Initially, she was more attracted to singing than to cinema and had posters of Michael Jackson in her bedroom.
After high school, in love with an actor, she took acting lessons, notably at the theater school “Les Enfants Terribles“, directed by Jean-Bernard Feitussi.
In a report by Special Envoy on March 2, 2016, she confided that she had had little attendance at school and had no diploma, neither the certificate nor the baccalaureate.
The report highlights how the teenager was able to fight against her shyness thanks to the theater. She also claims to owe her success in the cinema to her sole work as an actress rather than to the influence and fame of her family.
Since 2015, she shares her life with the model André Meyer. In September 2016, during the 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, she announced that she was expecting their first child. On January 18, 2017, she gave birth to a boy.
Full Name: Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne
Date of Birth: July 1, 1985
Famous: Actresses French Women
Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Cancer
Known As: Léa Seydoux
Born In: Passy, Paris
Years active: 2005–present
Height: 5’6″ (168 cm), 5’6″ Females
Father: Henri Seydoux
Mother: Valérie Schlumberger
Siblings: Camille Seydoux
Partner: André Meyer (2013–)
In 2005, she appeared in the clip Don’t leave angry by Raphael directed by Olivier Dahan, as well as a number of commercials. She then landed in 2006 one of the main roles in the teenage column Mes copines by Sylvie Ayme. She was part of the Talents Cannes 2007 selection for La Consolation by Nicolas Klotz.
She was then propelled as the headliner of a feature film, La Belle Person, by Christophe Honoré. Her interpretation of the heroine, Junie, is particularly recognized by the critics.
She also appears, alongside Raphaël Personnaz, in Dangerous Liaison, an advertisement produced by Ringan Ledwidge for Levi’s in 2007. In 2009, she was chosen by Quentin Tarantino for a role in the remarkable opening sequence of Inglourious Basterds.
In 2010, she played Isabelle d Angouleme in the big production of Ridley Scott, Robin des Bois alongside Russell Crowe. She then played the main role of the film Belle Epine by Rebecca Zlotowski (presented in competition during the 49th Critics’ Week of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival) alongside, among others, Anaïs Demoustier.
She also appears in the short film Petit tailleur by Louis Garrel, then in the television film Roses on credit by Amos Gitai. That same year, she joined the filming of Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen.
In 2011, she became Prada’s image for the Candy perfume, then appeared at the end of the year in Mission impossible: Phantom Protocol, the 4th installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise in the role of the hitman Sabine Moreau .
In parallel, she continues to shoot in many varied films such as Farewell to the Queen, in which she plays the reader of QueenMarie-Antoinette (played by Diane Krüger), also with Virginie Ledoyen (in the role of Gabrielle de Polignac).
It was announced in early 2012 in the film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast directed by Christophe Gans and produced by Pathé. In 2013 as part of her contract with Prada, she appeared in a series of commercials in the form of short films directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola.
For La Vie d’Adèle, she was rewarded by the jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which awarded her, her young partner Adèle Exarchopoulos and the director of the film Abdellatif Kechiche, the Palme d’or.
Then during the summer of the same year, she was shown at Grand Central for her second participation in a film by Rebecca Zlotowski. She received the 2014 Lumières award for best actress for her interpretation of Emma in La Vie d’Adèle and Karole in Grand Central.
Léa Seydoux was chosen by Sam Mendes to be the new James Bond girl of the 24th installment of the adventures of the spy, entitled 007 Specter. In 2015, she declared that her favorite film was Une place au soleil (in English: A Place in the Sun), by George Stevens, made in 1951.
In 2018, she was part of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, chaired by Cate Blanchett, alongside actress Kristen Stewart, director Ava DuVernay, singer Khadja Nin, actor Chang Chen and directors Robert Guédiguian , Denis Villeneuve and Andreï Zviaguintsev.
After collaborating with Wes Anderson for the first time in The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, she finds this director in 2020 in the choral film The French Dispatch which also brings together actors such as Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan.
Following her performance in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Léa Seydoux was chosen by video game creator Hideo Kojima to participate in the filming of his next game Death Stranding alongside actors Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo Del Toro.
She is a member of the 50/50 Collective, which aims to promote equality between women and men and diversity in the cinema and audiovisual industry.