Mathilda May

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Mathilda May
Mathilda May Cannes 2010.jpg
Born Karima Mathilda Haïm
(1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 49)
Paris, France
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Paul Powell (1991–1993)
Gérard Darmon (1994–1999)
Philippe Kelly (2000–2006)

Mathilda May (born Karima Mathilda Haïm; 8 February 1965) is a French film actress.

Early life[edit]

May was born in Paris. Her father is playwright Victor Haïm, who is descended from Jewish settlers in Greece and Turkey. Her mother is the Swedish ballet teacher and choreographer Margareta Hanson.[1] At age 16 May won the "Premier Prix du Conservatoire de Danse de Paris" (First Prize of the Paris Dance Conservatory).


May's film work is primarily in French and made for the European market; she was the recipient of the Prix Romy Schneider in 1989. Non-French films she has appeared in include Lifeforce, Naked Tango (1991), Becoming Colette (1991) and The Tit and the Moon (1994). In the USA she is best known for her role as an alien "vampire" in the 1985 science fiction horror film Lifeforce, directed by Tobe Hooper, in which she is naked for most of her performance. She also appeared in the 1996 space adventure game Privateer 2: The Darkening. She played Isabella in The Jackal, a 1997 action film.

Personal life[edit]

May has been married three times: Her first husband was Paul Powell and her second husband was Gérard Darmon, with whom she has two children, daughter Sarah (born August 17, 1994) and son Jules (born March 4, 1997).

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1984 Nemo (A.K.A 'Dream 1') Alice Arnaud Sélignac
1985 Lifeforce Space Girl Tobe Hooper
1987 The Cry of the Owl Juliette Claude Chabrol
1991 Isabelle Eberhardt Isabelle / Mahmoud Ian Pringle
Naked Tango Alba/Stéphanie Leonard Schrader
Scream of Stone Katharina Werner Herzog
1992 Toutes peines confondues (fr) Jeanne Gardella Michel Deville
1994 Grosse Fatigue as herself Michel Blanc
The Tit and the Moon Estrellita Bigas Luna
1996 Celluloide cameo appearance Carlo Lizzani
1997 The Jackal Isabella Zanconia Michael Caton-Jones
2007 A Girl Cut in Two Capucine Jamet Claude Chabrol
2012 The Players Ariane Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche


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  • Whipping Boy (1994)
  • Erich Segal's Only Love (1998)

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Mathilda May,

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