Happy Birthday to Eva Green, who today turns 36 and was Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale!!
Green was born in Paris, two minutes earlier than her fraternal twin sister. She is the daughter of Marlène Jobert, an actress, and Walter Green, a dentist.
Green was raised in France and attended the American University of Paris, an English-speaking institution. She also spent time between Ramsgate, London and Ireland growing up. Green was quiet in school and developed an interest in Egyptology when she visited the Louvre. At age 14, after seeing Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H. (1975), Green decided to become an actress.
Green appeared on stage in Jalousie en Trois Fax (2001) for which she was nominated for a Molière Award. She also appeared in Turcaret (2002).
In 2002, Green had her film debut, when director Bernardo Bertolucci cast her for the role of Isabelle in The Dreamers (2003), which involved her in extensive full frontal nude scenes and graphic sex scenes. Green told The Guardian that her agent and her parents begged her not to take the role, because of Schneider’s traumatic experience during the filming of Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris. Green said that with Bertolucci’s guidance she felt comfortable during the filming of the nude and sex scenes but was embarrassed when her family saw the film. Her performance was well-received. Her next film was Arsène Lupin (2004), in which she portrayed Lupin’s love interest. She enjoyed the light-hearted role, although she has stated that she generally prefers more complex characters.
Her performance in The Dreamers led Ridley Scott to cast Green in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), a film about the Crusades where she played Sibylla of Jerusalem.
Green was considered for roles in The Constant Gardener (a role that went to Rachel Weisz) and The Black Dahlia. She was cast at the last minute for the role of Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006). Green was approached in mid-2005 but turned it down. Principal photography was already underway, and director Martin Campbell said casting the role was difficult because «we didn’t have the final script and a Bond Girl always had the connotation of tits ‘n’ ass» Campbell saw Green’s performance in the director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven, and approached Green again. She read the script, and found the character of Vesper far deeper than most Bond Girls.Green’s performance was well received: Entertainment Weekly called her the fourth-best Bond girl of all time; IGN named her the best femme fatale, stating, «This is the girl that broke – and therefore made – James Bond»; and she won a BAFTA (You can see a video on our YouTube Channel) and an Empire award for her performance. Both were voted for by the British public.
Green portrayed the witch Serafina Pekkala in the 2007 film adaptation of The Golden Compass. In March 2009, she appeared in Womb, where she plays a woman who clones her dead boyfriend.
She was considered for the role eventually played by Cécile de France in Un Secret (2007). Additionally, she was initially approached for the female lead in Lars von Trier’s controversial film Antichrist (2009).
Green starred in the first season of Starz’s series, Camelot, as the sorceress Morgan le Fay.Since May 2014, Green starred in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful as Vanessa Ives. She played the titular role Ava Lord in the Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
In addition to her acting career, Green did endorsements for Montblanc, Breil, Emporio Armani, Lancôme, Heineken, and Christian Dior’s “Midnight Poison” perfume.