Emmanuelle Seigner

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Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner Cannes 2013 2.jpg
Born (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 48)
Paris, France
Occupation actress, model, singer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Roman Polanski (1989–present; 2 children)

Emmanuelle Seigner (born 22 June 1966) is a French actress, former fashion model, and singer, also known as the wife of French-Polish director Roman Polanski, and for her roles in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) and Frantic (1988). She has been nominated for two César Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Place Vendôme (1998) and La Vie En Rose (2007).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Seigner was born in Paris, France, to a photographer father and a journalist mother.[1] She is the granddaughter of the actor Louis Seigner (1903–1991) and sister of the actress Mathilde Seigner. She was educated at a Catholic convent school, and began modelling at the age of fourteen.[2] Capitalizing on her appearance she achieved international status as a professional model. She married Roman Polanski on 30 August 1989, and they have two children: daughter Morgane and son Elvis. Her husband directed her in Frantic (1988), opposite Harrison Ford, and later in Bitter Moon (1992), as well as The Ninth Gate (1999), co-starring Johnny Depp. In 2010, Seigner was featured in Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing, which went on to win the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In 2012, she played the principal role of Vanda in Polanski's French film adaption of David Ives's two-character play Venus in Fur, based on the German novel of the near-same name, for which she received much acclaim as a vulgar yet sensual maîtresse of Thomas (Mathieu Amalric).[3]

Seigner appears as the main character in the music video "Hands Around My Throat" by Death in Vegas. In 2006, she became lead singer of the pop rock band Ultra Orange, and the group's name was changed to Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle. Seigner and Polanski live with their two children in Paris. She was an ambassadress of the Polish brand Dr Irena Eris.


Seigner in concert at the Mermaid Theatre London, 7 July 2008
Seigner with husband Roman Polanski at the César Awards 2011.


  1. ^ a b "Emmanuelle Seigner Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.france24.com/en/20140408-emmanuelle-seigner-distant-lovers-music-roman-polanski/
  3. ^ La Vénus à la Fourrure. Premiere (in French). Retrieved 21 November 2013.

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