Virginie Ledoyen

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Virginie Ledoyen
Virginie Ledoyen Cannes 2012.jpg
Born Virginie Fernandez
(1976-11-15) 15 November 1976 (age 39)
Aubervilliers, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
  • Iain Rogers (m. 2006–07)
Partner(s) Louis Soubrier
Arie Elmaleh (2007-2015)
Children 3

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, 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, with production designer Louis Soubrier, who she met on the set of A Single Girl in 1995. She was in a short-lived marriage with Iain Rogers, a film director, from 2006 to 2007. From 2007 to 2015,[4] she was in a relationship with actor Arie Elmaleh, whose brother Gad Elmaleh was her co-star in The Valet. Ledoyen and Arie Elmaleh have a son, Isaac, born in July 2010, and a daughter, Amalia, born in April 2014.[5][6]

In 2013 she was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[7]


Ledoyen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Exploits of a Young Don Juan Berthe
1988 La Vie en panne Joëlle TV mini-series
1990 Haute tension Dominique (15-year-old) TV series
1991 Mima Mima
1991 The Children Thief Gabrielle
1992 Mouche Incomplete
1993 Les Marmottes Samantha Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1994 La Folie douce Charlie Léger
1994 La Règle de l'homme Violette Telefilm
1994 Cold Water Christine Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1995 A Single Girl Valérie Sergent Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1995 La Cérémonie Melinda
1995 La Vie de Marianne Marianne Telefilm
1995 Sur la route Short film
1995 Les Sensuels Telefilm
1996 Mahjong Marthe
1997 Ma 6-T va crack-er The girl with the pistol
1997 Héroïnes Johanna
1998 The Perfect Guy Jeanne Paris Film Festival - Best Actress
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Billy's Mother
1998 Late August, Early September Anne
1998 In All Innocence Cécile Maudet
2000 The Beach Françoise Nominated—Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie: Chemistry
2001 All About Love Maria
2002 8 Women Suzon Berlin Film Festival - Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement
European Film Award for Best Actress
2002 Les Misérables Cosette TV mini-series
2003 Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ? The cleaning lady
2003 Bon Voyage Camille
2004 Saint Ange Anna Jurin
2006 The Valet Émilie
2006 Holly Marie
2006 The Backwoods Lucy
2006 La Forteresse assiégée L'impératrice Eugénie Telefilm
2007 Shall We Kiss? Judith
2008 London mon amour Audrey Morraine
2008 L'Emmerdeur Louise
2009 The Army of Crime Mélinée Manouchian
2009 Myster Mocky présente TV series
2010 Tout ce qui brille Agathe
2011 The Last Beast Clémence
2011 XIII: The Series Irina TV series
2011 The Shape of Art to Come Short film
2012 Farewell, My Queen Gabrielle de Polignac
2013 Another Life Dolorès
2013 Scènes de ménages TV series
2013 À votre bon cœur, mesdames Lisa
2014 Ablations Léa Cartalas
2014 Le Monde de Fred Herself
2015 Rabid Dogs The Woman
2016 Accro

Other media[edit]

  • "Saint-Germain des Prés," narrator—an audio walking-tour of the Paris neighborhood. Created by Soundwalk[8]

Other awards[edit]


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