The Biography: Léa Seydoux

Happy Birthday Léa! Who turns 31 today.

Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne, known professionally as Léa Seydoux.ChEv6aZWkAAeqIj.jpg-large

Seydoux was born in 1985, the daughter of businessman. She was born in Passy, but grew up in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. She has five younger siblings and an older sister, Camille, who works as her stylist.

Through her family involvement in media and entertainment, Seydoux grew up acquainted with prominent artists. For six years, Seydoux went to summer camp in America to learn to speak English.
The Seydoux family is widely known in France. Her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is the chairman of Pathé; her granduncle, Nicolas Seydoux, is the chairman of Gaumont Film Company; her other granduncle, Michel Seydoux, is a cinema producer; and her father is CEO of the French wireless company Parrot.

Her mother Valérie Schlumberger is a former actress-turned-philanthropist and the founder of the boutique CSAO (Compagnie d’Afrique du Sénégal et de l’Afrique de l’ouest), which promotes the work of African artists.

Seydoux says that as a child she wanted to become an opera singer, studying music at the Conservatoire de Paris, but eventually her shyness compelled her to drop the idea.It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she decided to become an actress. She took acting classes at French drama school Les Enfants Terribles and she took further training at New York’s Actors Studio with Corinne Blue.

In 2006, Seydoux played her first major screen role as one of the main characters in Mes copines. She starred in Nicolas Klotz’s short film La Consolation, which was exhibited at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In these years, she also did her first work as a model for American Apparel.

Seydoux first came to widespread attention in 2008, when she appeared in Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person, a role that earned her the 2009 Chopard Award at the Cannes Film Festival for “Best Upcoming Actress”. In 2009 she had  a small role in her first Hollywood film, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. In 2010 she starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

Seydoux was chosen, however, to play Gabrielle in Midnight in Paris (2011), by Woody Allen, whom she calls one of her favorite directors of all time. In 2011 she participated in another Hollywood production, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

After Mission: Impossible, Seydoux returned to French cinema, starring in My Wife’s Romance (2011) and Roses à credit (2010)

Later 2013 ,at Cannes, La Vie d’Adèle (in English, Blue is the warmest color) won the Palme d’Or where she plays Emma.

In 2014, Seydoux won the Best Actress award at the 19th Lumières Awards for her role in Blue Is the Warmest Color. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Seydoux appears alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster (2015), in which she played the ruthless leader of a group of rebels.
She also appears as Madeleine Swann, the Bond girl in the 2015 Spectre, the 24th James Bond film –Do you think she will be back in Bond 25?-.


Seydoux is set to appear in Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la find du monde, in French) and also in 2017’s superhero film Gambit as Bella Donna Boudreaux.

Seydoux has modeled for numerous magazines and brands as Levi’s, Vogue Paris, American Vogue, Numéro, L’Officiel, CRASH, Another Magazine and W magazine.

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