Michèle is 1.71 m tall, she began her career in 1987 at the age of 27. She is a daughter of Romanian dancer Doina Trandabur, who defected to Great Britain in 1958. Her father is Claude Laroque, who met Doina a year earlier during a tour. This made Michèle the niece of Pierre Laroque, the creator of Social Security in France. She survived a long coma after a car accident at the age of 18, and then made the decision of becoming an actress.
Michèle was married to theater director Dominique Deschamps for a brief period (daughter Oriane). She's a gay rights activist.