Virginie Ledoyen

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Virginie Ledoyen
Virginie Ledoyen Cannes 2012.jpg
Born Virginie Fernandez
(1976-11-15) 15 November 1976 (age 38)
Aubervilliers, Paris, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Partner(s) Louis Soubrier
Arie Elmaleh
Children Lilias Soubrier (b. 2001)
Isaac Elmaleh (b. 2010)

Virginie Fernandez (born 15 November 1976),[1] known by her stage name Virginie Ledoyen (French pronunciation: ​[viʁʒini lədwaˈjɛ̃]), is a French actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Aubervilliers, Paris, the daughter of Olga, a restaurateur, and Bernard Fernandez, a merchant who sold cleaning products.[2] Her paternal grandfather was Spanish.[3] She was a print model from the age of two and later took on the stage name "Ledoyen" after the maiden name of her maternal grandmother, who was a stage actress.

Her film breakthrough came with La Fille seule (1995), for which she was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress. Also she received two César Award nominations for Les marmottes (1993) and L'eau froide (1994). Outside of France, her best-known role is alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach (2000). In the fall of 2000, she signed a contract as a spokesmodel with the cosmetics company L'Oréal. She was featured alongside two models, Laetitia Casta and Noémie Lenoir. She portrayed the character Cosette from the 2000 adaption of Les Misérables.

On 29 September 2001, she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Lila. She also had a son Isaac, and a daughter, with her partner Arie Elmaleh, whose brother Gad Elmaleh was her co-star in The Valet. Through Elmaleh, the children are cousins of Raphael, son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad Elmaleh.

In 2013 she was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[4]


Ledoyen at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Other media[edit]

  • "Saint-Germain des Prés," narrator—an audio walking-tour of the Paris neighborhood. Created by Soundwalk[5]


  1. ^ Virginie Ledoyen – Biography – AOL Television
  2. ^ Virginie Ledoyen Biography (1976–). Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Juries and Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Soundwalk. Accessed 21 September 2009.

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