Emmanuelle Seigner

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Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner at 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 56)
Paris, France
OccupationModel, singer, actress
Years active1984–present
(m. 1989)
Children2; including Morgane Polanski

Emmanuelle Seigner (born 22 June 1966)[1] is a French former fashion model, singer, and actress. 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 has been married to Polish film director Roman Polanski since 30 August 1989.

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, niece of the actress Françoise Seigner 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. Her husband directed her in Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), The Ninth Gate (1999), Venus in Fur (2013), Based On A True Story (2017) and An Officer and a Spy (2019). 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 the lead singer of the pop rock band Ultra Orange, and the group's name was changed to Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle.[4] They released a self-titled album in 2007.[5][6] Seigner released a solo album called Distant Lover in 2014. She and Polanski live with their two children in Paris. She was an ambassadress of the Polish brand Dr Irena Eris.


Year Title Role Director Notes
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
1994 Le Sourire Odile Claude Miller
1996 Let's Hope it Lasts 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
Buddy Boy Gloria Mark Hanlon
2001 Laguna Thelma Pianon Dennis Berry
Witches to the North 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
Change of Plans 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
The Man Who Laughs Duchess Josiane Jean-Pierre Améris
2013 Venus in Fur Vanda Jourdain Roman Polanski 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
Croire Isabelle Nicolas Cazalé Short
2016 Heal the Living Marianne Katell Quillévéré
Le divan de Staline Lidia Fanny Ardant
The Siege of Jadotville Madame LaFontagne Richie Smyth
2017 Based on a True Story Delphine Roman Polanski
2018 At Eternity's Gate The Woman from Arles / Madame Ginoux Julian Schnabel
2019 An Officer and a Spy Pauline Monnier Roman Polanski


Seigner in concert at the Mermaid Theatre London, 7 July 2008

Studio albums[edit]

  • Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle (2007) Sony
  • Dingue (2010)
  • Distant Lover (2014)
  • Diabolique (as L'épée) (2019) (with Anton Newcombe & The Liminanas)


  1. ^ a b c "Emmanuelle Seigner Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Encore! - Modelling, music and movies: Emmanuelle Seigner on her eclectic career". France 24. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  3. ^ La Vénus à la Fourrure. Premiere (in French). Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ Premiere (in French). 2007. p. 114. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Bourges: les filles du printemps". LExpress.fr (in French). 23 April 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ Les inrockuptibles (in French). Editions Indépendantes. 2007. p. 61. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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