Clémence Poésy

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Clémence Poésy
Clemence Poesy Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019.jpg
Poésy in 2019
Clémence Guichard

(1982-10-30) 30 October 1982 (age 40)[1][2]
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active1993–present

Clémence Guichard (born 30 October 1982), known professionally as Clémence Poésy (French: [klemɑ̃s pɔezi]),[1][3] is a French actress and fashion model. After starting on the stage as a child, Poésy studied drama and has been active in both film and television since 1999, including some English-language productions. She is known for the roles of Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter film series, Chloë in In Bruges, Rana in 127 Hours, Natasha Rostova in War and Peace, and the lead role as Elise Wassermann in the 24-episode series The Tunnel.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in L'Haÿ-les-Roses,[1] a southern suburb of Paris, she is the daughter of actor-writer Étienne Guichard and a French teacher. Poésy took her mother's maiden name as her stage name. She was sent to an alternative school[4] in Meudon.

Her father gave Poésy her first acting job when she was a child; then she had two lines at age 14. She has a younger sister, Maëlle Poésy-Guichard, who is also an actress.[5]

After leaving La Source, the bilingual, alternative school she attended until the age of 16, Poésy studied drama at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD, the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts), the Atelier International de Blanche Salant et Paul Weaver, and Paris Nanterre University.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Poésy's first English-speaking role was in the BBC mini-series Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004), in which she portrayed Mary, Queen of Scots, subsequently winning the 2005 Golden FIPA for actress in a TV Series and Serial.[7]

In 2005, Poésy appeared in the Harry Potter franchise as Fleur Delacour[8] in The Goblet of Fire. Between 2006 and 2007, she worked in a number of film and television productions, including the 2007 mini-series War and Peace.

In 2008, Poésy starred in the Academy Award-nominated film In Bruges, alongside Colin Farrell, and Harry Potter co-stars Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson. In 2009, Poésy appeared in Heartless opposite Jim Sturgess. She reprised her role as Fleur Delacour in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.[9] She played Chuck Bass's new French girlfriend, Eva, in the fourth season of the CW hit show Gossip Girl.[10]

In 2010, Poésy appeared alongside James Franco in 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle. 127 Hours was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 2010, following its premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.[11]

In 2011, she appeared alongside Rupert Friend in Lullaby for Pi, a romantic drama and Benoit Philippon's directorial debut. The film is about a jazz singer (Friend) whose wife has just died and who meets a mysterious woman (Poésy). Forest Whitaker also starred.[12] She can be heard singing on the album Colour of the Trap by Miles Kane. She is featured on the track "Happenstance".[13]

She worked alongside Michael Caine in Mr. Morgan's Last Love,[14] and in 2012 made her Broadway debut in Cyrano de Bergerac as Roxane.[15]

In 2013, Poésy was the female lead in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series The Tunnel, which comprised 24 episodes over three series.[16] In 2019, she played the part of Yelena in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Theatre Royal in Bath.[17]

Modelling career[edit]

Poésy has been featured in numerous magazines, including the covers of i-D, on French magazine Jalouse twice, on Australia's Yen, and on Nylon.[5][18][19] Since October 2007, Poésy has been one of three spokesmodels for the self-titled fragrance by Chloé,[8] and has modelled in Gap's 2008 autumn advertising campaign.[5][20]

In December 2011, Poésy was chosen as the face of the designer clothing company G-Star Raw.[21] In 2014, she became the poster girl for the "Love Story" fragrance from Chloé.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Poésy is fluent in French and English, and speaks some Italian and Spanish.[23] She divides her time between homes in Paris and London,[24][25] and has spent some time in Eastern Europe.[25] Politically, she identifies as "very clearly on the left."[26]

In early 2017, she gave birth to a son, Liam.[24] In 2019, while filming Tenet, she was pregnant with her second child.[27][25] At the Deauville American Film Festival 2021 she was pregnant with her third child.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Petite Soeur Anna Short
2002 Olgas Sommer Olga
2003 Welcome to the Roses Magali Rozes
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fleur Delacour
2006 Le Grand Meaulnes Yvonne de Galais Swann d'Or for Best Actress[29]
2007 Sans moi Lise
Le dernier gang Julie
2008 In Bruges Chloë Villette
La troisième partie du monde Emma
Blanche Chloé Short
2009 Heartless Tia
2010 127 Hours Rana
Pièce montée Bérengère
Lullaby for Pi Pi
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fleur Delacour
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble[30]
The Silence of Joan Jeanne d'Arc
2012 The Capsule Woman #2 Short
Hopper Stories Short
2013 Mr. Morgan's Last Love Pauline Laubie
Karaoke! Short
2014 GHB: To Be or Not to Be The girl from New York
Métamorphoses The Virgin / The Unicorn Short
2015 The Great Game Laura Haydon
The Ones Below Kate
2016 7 Minutes Hira
Two Is a Family Kristin Stuart
2017 Final Portrait Caroline
Tito e gli alieni Stella
Grizzly Bear : Mourning Sound Not Bride Short
2019 Le milieu de l'horizon Cécile
2020 Resistance Emma
Tenet Barbara


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Un homme en colère Hélène TV series (2 episodes)
2000 Les Monos Julia TV series (1 episode)
2001 Tania Boréalis ou L'étoile d'un été Maguy TV movie
2003 Life After All Jessica TV movie
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Mary, Queen of Scots TV movie
Golden FIPA Award for Actress in a TV Series and Serial
2005 Revelations Exquisite Corpse TV mini-series
2006 Les Amants du Flore Lumi TV movie
2007 War and Peace Natasha Rostova TV mini-series
2010 Gossip Girl Eva Coupeau TV series (4 episodes)
2012 Birdsong Isabelle Azaire TV mini-series
Richard II Queen Isabella/Anne TV movie
2013–2018 The Tunnel Elise Wassermann TV series (24 episodes)
Nominated - L'Association des Critiques de Séries - Best Actress
2018 Genius: Picasso Françoise Gilot TV series (10 episodes)
2022 Ten Percent Clémence Poésy Series 1 episode 7
2022 The Essex Serpent Stella Ransome TV mini-series
TBA The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Isabelle Main cast


Year Title Notes
1993 Le dragon[31]
1995 Mai 45 Mai 95[31]
1997 Picasso 970[31]
2003 Tartuffe[31]
2012 Cyrano de Bergerac Limited Broadway engagement of 31 previews and 52 performances; concluded 25 November 2012
2013 Je danse toujours


Awards and nominations[edit]

For her work as an actress…

Year Awards Category Work Result ref
2005 Biarritz International Festival Golden FIPA: TV Series and Serials: Actress Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Won [33]
2007 Cabourg Film Festival Swann d'Or Award for Female Revelation Le Grand Meaulnes Won [29]
2011 L'Association des Critiques de Séries ACS Award - Best Actress The Tunnel Nominated [33]


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  2. ^ "Nés un 3 octobre comme Zlatan Ibrahimovic". La Provence (in French). 3 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Channel the Cool Parisian Style of It Girl Clémence Poésy". Vogue. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ La Source website Archived 28 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 3 November 2016.
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  7. ^ "Jury and Awards – Series and Serials – FIPA 2005". Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b "The Tatler List". Tatler. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Deathly Hallows Casting Updates: Aunt Muriel Cast, Mafald Hopkirk Recast and Clemence Confirmed!". 26 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Gossip Girl Taps Harry Potter Actress for Recurring Role". TV Guide.
  11. ^ "127 Hours". Toronto International Film Festival. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  12. ^ Frosch, Jon (9 December 2010). "Lullaby for Pi – Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Miles Kane hadn't heard of Clémence Poésy before she sang for him". 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  14. ^ Chitwood, Adam (14 November 2011). "Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to Co-Finance Mr Morgan's Last Love Starring Michael Caine". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  15. ^ "CYRANO DE BERGERAC Enters Final Two Weeks; Will Conclude Limited Engagement as Scheduled". 12 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Stephen Dillane & Clémence Poésy Cast As Co-Leads in Sky Atlantic/Canal+ Series 'The Tunnel'". 12 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  17. ^ Chekhov, Anton (2019). Uncle Vanya. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571356713. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Yen No. 34". 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  19. ^ "Covers of Jalouse – Magazine". Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Les looks de Clémence Poésy" [The looks of Clémence Poésy]. Vogue Paris (in French). Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  21. ^ "Clémence Poésy Is the New Face of G-Star Raw"". 7 December 2011.
  22. ^ Young, Katy (12 January 2015). "Clémence Poésy stars in Chloé's Love Story perfume ads". The Daily Telegraph.
  23. ^ Morreale, Marie. "Scholastic News: Harry Potter Movie Mania...Again! Clémence Poesy as Fleur in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Scholastic Inc. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  24. ^ a b Clark, Alex (6 August 2017). "Clémence Poésy: 'Can Macron make it work? I'm waiting to see…'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  25. ^ a b c Géliot, Clara (7 December 2020). "Clémence Poésy : « J'aime me balader entre les genres »". Femina (in French).
  26. ^ Hoggard, Liz (6 October 2013). "Clémence Poésy: 'Making someone English laugh is one of the things I treasure most'". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  27. ^ "Clemence Poesy is pregnant". 30 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Clémence Poésy officialise sa 3e grossesse au Festival de Deauville - Elle". 5 September 2021.
  29. ^ a b "2007 Swann d'Or Awards". Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  30. ^ Marks, Scott (14 December 2011). "A Chimp, a Kidpic, and a Technical Exercise Take Home San Diego Film Critics Society Top Honors". San Diego Reader.
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  32. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015 - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  33. ^ a b "Clémence Poésy Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 3 February 2023.

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