Emmanuelle Seigner

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Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner Cannes 2013 2.jpg
Born (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 50)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Roman Polanski (1989–present)
Children Morgane Polanski
Elvis Polanski

Emmanuelle Seigner (born 22 June 1966) is a French actress, former fashion model, and singer. She is known for her roles in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), The Ninth Gate (1999) and Frantic (1988). She has been nominated for a César Award for Best Actress for Venus in Fur (2013), and for two César Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Place Vendôme (1998) and La Vie En Rose (2007).[1] She is married to French-Polish director Roman Polanski.

Life and career[edit]

Seigner with husband Roman Polanski at the César Awards 2011.

Seigner was born in Paris 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]

She married Roman Polanski on 30 August 1989, and they have two children: daughter Morgane and son Elvis. Polanski is 33 years her senior. 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 Austrian novel of the near-same name, for which she received praise as Vanda, an actress, playing against writer and theatre director Thomas played by 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
Year Title Role Director Notes
1984 Year of the Jellyfish Christopher Frank
1985 Détective Princess of the Bahamas Jean-Luc Godard
1986 Cours privé Zanon Pierre Granier-Deferre
1988 Frantic Michelle Roman Polanski
1990 Dark Illness The Girl Mario Monicelli
1992 Bitter Moon Micheline "Mimi" Bouvier Roman Polanski (2)
1994 Le sourire Odile Claude Miller
1996 Pourvu que ça dure Julie Neyrac Michel Thibaud
1997 Nirvana Lisa Gabriele Salvatores
La divine poursuite Bobbi Michel Deville
1998 RPM Michelle Claire Ian Sharp
Place Vendôme Nathalie Nicole Garcia Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 The Ninth Gate The Girl Roman Polanski (3)
Buddy Boy Gloria Mark Hanlon
2001 Laguna Thelma Pianon Dennis Berry
Streghe verso nord Lucilla Giovanni Veronesi
2003 Corps à corps Laura Bartelli François Hanss
Os Imortais Madeleine Durand António-Pedro Vasconcelos
2004 Happily Ever After Nathalie Yvan Attal
Sans toi Armelle Liria Bégéja Short
2005 Backstage Lauren Waks Emmanuelle Bercot
2007 La Vie en rose Titine Olivier Dahan Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Céline Desmoulins Julian Schnabel
Four Last Songs Helena Francesca Joseph
2009 Giallo Linda Dario Argento
Le code a changé Sarah Mattei Danièle Thompson
2010 Essential Killing Margaret Jerzy Skolimowski
Chicas Nuria Yasmina Reza
2012 A Few Hours of Spring Clémence Stéphane Brizé
In the House Esther Artole François Ozon
L'homme qui rit Duchess Josiane Jean-Pierre Améris
2013 Venus in Fur Vanda Jourdain Roman Polanski (4) International Cinephile Society Award - Best Actress
Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Italian Online Movie Award - Best Actress
Croire Isabelle Nicolas Cazalé Short
2016 Heal the Living Marianne Katell Quillévéré
Et Derrière Moi une Cage Vide Lidia Fanny Ardant
Le divan de Staline Lidia Fanny Ardant (2)


  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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