Emmanuelle Seigner

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Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner Cannes 2013 2.jpg
Born (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 49)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Roman Polanski (1989–present; 2 children)

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 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. 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
Seigner with husband Roman Polanski at the César Awards 2011.


  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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