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Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling Cannes 2011.jpg
Rampling at Cannes in 2011
Born Tessa Charlotte Rampling
(1946-02-05) 5 February 1946 (age 70)
Sturmer, Essex, United Kingdom
Residence Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Bryan Southcombe (m. 1972; div. 1976)
Jean Michel Jarre (m. 1978; div. 1998)
Partner(s) Jean-Noël Tassez (1998-2015; Tassez's death)
Children 2
Relatives Godfrey Rampling (father)

Tessa Charlotte Rampling, OBE (born 5 February 1946) is an English actress, model, chanteuse, and fashion icon, known for her work in European arthouse films in three languages, English, French, and Italian.[1][2]

Rampling is an icon of the Swinging Sixties. She began her career as a model and later became a fashion icon and muse.[3] She was cast in the role of Meredith in the acclaimed 1966 film Georgy Girl starring Lynn Redgrave. She soon began making French and Italian arthouse films, most notably during this time in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969) and Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (1974). She went on to star in Zardoz (1974), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), opposite Paul Newman in The Verdict (1982), Long Live Life (1984), Max, Mon Amour (1986), Angel Heart (1987) and The Wings of the Dove (1997). In 2002, she released an album of recordings in the style of cabaret titled As A Woman.[4]

In the 2000s, she became the muse of French director François Ozon, appearing in his films Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Angel (2007). On television, she is known for her role as Evelyn Vogel in Dexter (2013). In 2012, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the miniseries Restless. Other television roles include the 2015 dramas Broadchurch and London Spy. For her performance in the 2015 film 45 Years, she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

A four-time César Award nominee, she received an Honorary César in 2001 and France's Legion of Honour in 2002. She was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts, and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. In 2015, she released her autobiography in French, titled Who I Am.[5]

Early life

Rampling was born in Sturmer, Essex, the daughter of Isabel Anne (née Gurteen; 1918-2001), a painter, and Godfrey Rampling (1909-2009), an Olympic gold medalist and army officer.[6] She grew up in Gibraltar, France and Spain.[7] She attended Académie Jeanne d'Arc in Versailles and St. Hilda's School, a boarding school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. She had one sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1966 at the age of 23. She had a close relationship with her sister. The two performed in a cabaret act together during their teenage years.[8][9]


She began her career as a model and first appeared in a Cadbury advertisement. She was noticed by a casting agent while walking down a street in London. Rampling's first screen appearance was uncredited as a water skier in Richard Lester's film The Knack ...and How to Get It. She did appear as an extra in the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day's Night.[10] In 1965, she was cast in the role of Meredith in the film Georgy Girl. She was also given a role by John Boulting in the 1965 comedy Rotten to the Core. In 1967, she starred opposite Yul Brynner in the adventure film The Long Duel. She starred opposite Sam Waterston in the 1969 romance-drama Three and opposite Robert Blake in the 1972 drama Corky. She also portrayed Anne Boleyn in the costume drama Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

In 1967, Rampling played the gunfighter Hana Wilde in "The Superlative Seven", an episode of The Avengers.[11] After this, her acting career blossomed in both English and French cinema.

Despite an early flurry of success, she told The Independent, "We weren't happy. It was a nightmare, breaking the rules and all that. Everyone seemed to be having fun, but they were taking so many drugs they wouldn't know it anyway."[12]

Rampling at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Rampling has performed controversial roles. In 1969, in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (La Caduta degli dei), she played a young wife sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Critics praised her performance, and it cast her in a whole new image: mysterious, sensitive and ultimately tragic. "The Look" as co-star Dirk Bogarde called it, became her trademark.[13] In 1974's The Night Porter she portrayed a former concentration camp inmate who after the war meets a former camp guard with whom she had an ambiguous relationship, and their relationship resumes. Bogarde played the camp guard. In Max mon amour, she played a woman who fell in love with a chimpanzee. In 1974, she posed nude for Playboy.[14]

In 1974, Rampling starred in John Boorman's science-fiction film Zardoz opposite Sean Connery. She also starred with Peter O'Toole in Foxtrot (1976) and with Richard Harris in Orca (1977). She gained recognition from American audiences in a remake of Raymond Chandler's detective story Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and later with Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) and particularly in The Verdict (1982), an acclaimed drama directed by Sidney Lumet that starred Paul Newman.

Rampling starred in Claude Lelouch's 1984 film Long Live Life, before going on to star in the cult-film Max, Mon Amour (1986), and appear in the thriller Angel Heart (1987). In the 1990s, she appeared in The Wings of the Dove (1997), played Miss Havisham in a BBC television adaptation of Great Expectations (1998) and also starred in the film adaptation of The Cherry Orchard (1999), directed by Michael Cacoyannis.

Rampling credits François Ozon with drawing her back to film in the 2000s, a period when she came to terms with the death of her elder sister Sarah who, after giving birth prematurely in 1966, committed suicide at 23. "I thought that after such a long time of not letting her be with me," she told The Guardian, "I would like to bring her back into my life."[13] The character she played in Ozon's Swimming Pool (2003), Sarah Morton, was named in her sister's honour. For most of Rampling's life, she would say only that her sister had died of a brain haemorrhage; when she and her father heard the news, they agreed they would never let her mother know the truth. They kept their secret until Rampling's mother died in 2001.[13] Rampling earned Cesar Award nominations for Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Lemming (2005). She also appeared in Tony Scott's Spy Game (2001).

At 59, Rampling appeared in Laurent Cantet's Heading South (Vers le Sud), a 2005 film about sexual tourism. She plays Ellen, a professor of French literature and single Englishwoman, who holidays in 1970s Haiti to get the sexual attention she does not get at home.

On her choice of roles, Rampling says, "I generally don't make films to entertain people. I choose the parts that challenge me to break through my own barriers. A need to devour, punish, humiliate or surrender seems to be a primal part of human nature, and it's certainly a big part of sex. To discover what normal means, you have to surf a tide of weirdness."[citation needed]

The actress has continued to work in sexually provocative films, such as Basic Instinct 2 (2006). In 2008, she portrayed Countess Spencer, the mother of Keira Knightley's character in the title role in The Duchess.

In 2002, she also recorded an album entitled Comme Une Femme. It is in both French and English, and includes parts that are spoken word as well as tracks Rampling sang

Given her striking style and look, Rampling has also been seen on the cover of Vogue Magazine, Interview Magazine, Elle Magazine and CRUSHfanzine. In 2009, she posed nude in front of the Mona Lisa for Juergen Teller.[15]

In 2009, Rampling appeared in Todd Solondz' Life During Wartime. In 2010, she completed filming Cleanskin, a terrorist thriller starring Sean Bean, James Fox, Tuppence Middleton, Michelle Ryan and Abhin Galeya.[citation needed] The film was written, produced and directed by Hadi Hajaig.[citation needed] Then in 2011, she appeared in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia.

For her role in the 2012 miniseries Restless, Rampling was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2013, she played Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the final season of Dexter.[16] Other television roles include the ITV drama Broadchurch (2015) and the BBC drama London Spy (2015).

In 2014, she was named the new face of NARS Cosmetics to launch their new lipstick campaign.[17]

In 2015, Rampling starred opposite Tom Courtenay in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years. The film was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[18] She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Tom Courtenay won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.[19] For this role, she also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and also received nominations for the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.

Rampling at the Festival Paris Cinéma in 2012

Personal life

In 1972, Rampling married actor and publicist Bryan Southcombe and had a son, Barnaby Southcombe (a television director), before divorcing in 1976. They were widely reported to be living in a ménage à trois with a male model, Randall Laurence,[12] and in 1974, Rampling was quoted by the syndicated columnist Earl Wilson as saying: "There are so many misunderstandings in life. I once caused a scandal by saying I lived with two men [...] I didn't mean it in a sexual sense [...] We were just like any people sharing a flat."[20] In 1978, Rampling married French composer Jean Michel Jarre and had a second son, magician and singer David Jarre. She also brought up stepdaughter Émilie Jarre, a fashion designer. The marriage was publicly dissolved in 1997 when she learned from tabloid newspaper stories about Jarre's affairs with other women and had a nervous breakdown. She was engaged to Jean-Noël Tassez, a French communications tycoon, from 1998 until his death in 2015.[21]

Rampling lives in Paris.[12]


Film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1964 A Hard Day's Night Nightclub Dancer Uncredited
1965 Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get It Water Skier Uncredited
1965 Rotten to the Core Sara Capell
1966 Georgy Girl Meredith
1967 The Long Duel Jane
1967 The Avengers Hana Wilde Episode: "The Superlative Seven"
1968 Sequestro di persona (it) Christina
1969 Target: Harry Ruth Carlyle
1969 Damned, TheThe Damned Elisabeth Thallman
1969 Three Marty
1971 Vanishing Point Hitchhiker Scenes deleted
1971 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Annabella
1971 The Ski Bum Samantha
1972 Henry VIII and His Six Wives Anne Boleyn
1972 Corky Corky's Wife
1972 Asylum Barbara
1973 Giordano Bruno Fosca
1974 Zardoz Consuella
1974 Caravan to Vaccarès Lila
1974 Night Porter, TheThe Night Porter Lucia Atherton
1975 Yuppi du Silvia
1975 La Chair de l'orchidée Claire
1975 Farewell, My Lovely Helen Grayle
1976 Foxtrot Julia
1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV) Irene Adler
1977 The Purple Taxi Sharon
1977 Orca Rachel Bedford
1977 Al di là del bene e del male uncredited
1980 Stardust Memories Dorrie
1982 Verdict, TheThe Verdict Laura Fischer
1983 Infidelities TV Flaminia
1984 Viva la vie! Catherine Perrin
1985 On ne meurt que deux fois (fr) Barbara Spark Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1985 Tristesse et beauté Léa Uéno
1986 Max, Mon Amour Margaret Jones
1987 Angel Heart Margaret Krusemark
1987 Mascara Gaby Hart Fantasporto Award for Best Actress
1988 Paris by Night Clara Paige
1988 D.O.A. Mrs. Fitzwaring
1989 Rebus Miriam, contessa di Du Terrail
1992 La Femme abandonnée (TV) Fanny de Lussange
1993 Hammers Over the Anvil Grace McAlister
1993 Asphalt Tango Marion
1994 Murder in Mind Sonya Davies
1994 Time Is Money Irina Kaufman
1995 Samson le magnifique (TV) Isabelle de Marsac
1995 Radetzkymarsch (de) (TV) Valerie von Taussig
1996 La Dernière fête (TV) La marquise
1996 Invasion of Privacy Deidre Stiles, Josh's Attorney
1997 Wings of the Dove, TheThe Wings of the Dove Aunt Maude
1999 Great Expectations (TV) Miss Havisham
1999 Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard Lyubov Ranyevskaya
2000 My Uncle Silas Sylvia Featherstone TV series
2000 Signs & Wonders Marjorie
2000 Hommage à Alfred Lepetit
2000 Aberdeen Helen
2000 Under the Sand (Sous le sable) Marie Drillon Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
2001 Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel Kate Stockton
2001 Superstition (de) Frances Matteo
2001 Spy Game Ann Cathcart
2002 Embrassez qui vous voudrez Elizabeth Lannier
2003 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Helen
2003 Swimming Pool Sarah Morton European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the year
2003 Imperium: Augustus (TV) Livia
2003 Statement, TheThe Statement Nicole
2004 Jerusalemski sindrom
2004 Immortel Elma Turner Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
2004 Keys to the House, TheThe Keys to the House Nicole
2005 Lemming Alice Pollock Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
2005 Vers le sud Ellen
2006 Basic Instinct 2 Milena Gardosh
2006 Désaccord parfait Alice d'Abanville
2007 Angel Hermione Gilbright
2007 Caótica Ana Justine
2008 Deception Wall Street Belle
2008 Babylon A.D. Noelite High Priestess
2008 Duchess, TheThe Duchess Georgiana Spencer, Countess Spencer
2009 Quelque chose à te dire Mady Celliers
2009 The Ball of the Actresses Herself
2009 Boogie Woogie Emille
2009 La femme invisible (d'après une histoire vraie) Rose
2009 L'homme aux cercles bleus Mathilde Television movie
2009 Life During Wartime Jacqueline
2010 Never Let Me Go Miss Emily
2010 Le grand restaurant Caroline Television film
2010 Un lieu incertain Mathilde Television sequel to L'homme aux cercles bleus
2010 StreetDance 3D Helena
2010 Rio Sex Comedy Charlotte
2010 The Mill and the Cross Mary
2011 The Look Herself Documentary
2011 Melancholia Gaby
2011 Cars 2 Narrator
2011 The Eye of the Storm Elizabeth Hunter Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2011 Cleanskin Charlotte McQueen
2012 I, Anna Anna Welles
2012 Restless Sally Gilmartin Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
2012 Tutto parla di te Pauline
2013 Dexter Dr. Evelyn Vogel
2013 Night Train to Lisbon Adriana do Prado
2013 Young & Beautiful Alice
2013 The Blueblack Hussar Herself Documentary on the 2010-2011 musical comeback of Adam Ant, directed by Jack Bond
2015 Broadchurch Prosecution Barrister, Jocelyn Knight Series 2 (8 episodes)
2015 The Forbidden Room The Ostler’s Mother
2015 45 Years Kate Mercer Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Berlin Film FestivalSilver Bear for Best Actress
Edinburgh International Film Festival - Best Performance in a British Feature Film
European Film Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Valladolid Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Pending—Academy Award for Best Actress
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Lead Actress
Nominated—Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Indiana Film Journalists Association for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British / Irish Actress of the Year
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2015 London Spy Frances Turner BBC Two's five-part series
2016 The Sense of an Ending Filming


Studio albums

Title Album details
Comme une femme
  • Released: 2002 (2002)
  • Label: Mohican Records
  • Formats: CD


Year Single Album
2015 "Où es-tu?" (duet with Alain Chamfort) Alain Chamfort


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Further reading

  • Nicolaevitch, S. 2008. "Charlotte Forever". Citizen K International; 46 (Spring): 244–253.
  • Marieke Boom, Dirk Bogarde, Nagisa Oshima et al.: Charlotte Rampling with compliments. Munich: Schirmer-Mosel, 1986, ISBN 3-88814-220-2
  • Charlotte Rampling: with compliments; with a portrait by Dirk Bogarde. London: Quartet, 1987 ISBN 0704326426

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