Lea Seydoux first came to attention after she received her first Cesar Award nomination for her performance in The Beautiful Person (2008) and won the Trophee Chopard, an award given to promising actors at the Cannes Film Festival.
Born Name Lea Helene Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne
Nick Name Lea
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2005–present
Born July 1, 1985, 40 years and 11 months, Passy, Paris, France
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
Measurements 33-23-35 in or 84-58.5-89 cm
Bra size 32B
Due to her parents, she has Alsatian German and French ancestry.
Her father also has partly Spanish-Venezuelan ancestry.
She attended a summer camp in America for a consecutive six years.
Father – Henri Seydoux (Businessman) (CEO of French wireless company Parrot)
Mother – Valerie Schlumberger (Former actress and now philanthropist)
Siblings – Camille Seydoux (Older Sister) (Stylist)
Others – Jerome Seydoux (Grandfather) (Chairman of Pathe), Nicolas Seydoux (Granduncle) (Chairman of Gaumont Film Company), Michel Seydoux (Granduncle) (Cinema producer; and Chairman of Lille OSC football club)
Apart from Camille, Lea also has 5 younger siblings.
She has appeared in major Hollywood films including Inglourious Basterds (2009), Robin Hood (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011) and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).
In French cinema, she was nominated for the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress for a second time for her role in Belle Epine (2010) and was nominated for the Cesar Award for Best Actress for her role as a lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette in the film Farewell, My Queen (2012).
In 2013, Seydoux came to widespread attention when she was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as a lesbian art student in the critically acclaimed film Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
That same year, she also received the Lumieres Award for Best Actress for the film Grand Central and, in 2014, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and starred in the films Beauty and the Beast, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Saint Laurent. She gained international attention for her appearance as Bond girl Madeleine Swann in Spectre (2015).
Seydoux was born in 1985, the daughter of businessman Henri Seydoux and philanthropist Valerie Schlumberger.
She was born in Passy, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, but grew up in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the 6th arrondissement.
She has five younger siblings and an older sister, Camille, who works as her stylist. She had a strict Protestant upbringing, but she is not religious.
Seydoux parents are both partly of Alsatian descent. Her father is a great-grandson of businessman and inventor Marcel Schlumberger, while her mother is a granddaughter of Marcel brother, Maurice Schlumberger. Seydoux parents divorced when she was three years old and they were often away, her mother in Africa and her father on business, which, combined with her large family, meant that she felt lost in the crowd… I was very lonely as a kid. Really I always had the feeling I was an orphan.
Through her family involvement in media and entertainment, Seydoux grew up acquainted with prominent artists such as photographer Nan Goldin, musicians Lou Reed and Mick Jagger and footwear designer Christian Louboutin.
For six years, Seydoux went to summer camp in America, at the behest of her father, who wanted her to learn to speak English.
The Seydoux family is widely known in France. Her grandfather, Jerome Seydoux, is the chairman of Pathe; her granduncle, Nicolas Seydoux, is the chairman of Gaumont Film Company, her other granduncle, Michel Seydoux, also a cinema producer, is currently the chairman of the Lille-based football club Lille OSC and her father is CEO of the French wireless company Parrot.
Despite Seydoux connections, her family initially took no interest in her film career and did not help her. As a child, she had no desire to act. She instead wanted to be an opera singer, studying music at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Her mother Valerie Schlumberger is a former actress-turned-philanthropist and the founder of the boutique CSAO (Compagnie d’Afrique du Senegal et de l’Afrique de l’ouest), which promotes the work of African artists.
Seydoux once worked as a model for their jewellery line Jokko. Schlumberger, who lived in Senegal as a teenager, is also the founder of the charitable organisations ASAO (Association pour le Senegal et l’Afrique de l’Ouest) and Empire des enfants, a centre for homeless children in Dakar, of which Seydoux is the godmother.
Seydoux describes her youthful self as short-haired, slightly disheveled, and widely viewed as a bit strange People liked me, but I always felt like a misfit.
Still concerned for her shyness in adulthood, Seydoux has admitted to having had an anxiety crisis during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Career – 2005–2007
Seydoux says that as a child she wanted to become an opera singer, studying music at the Conservatoire de Paris, but eventually her shyness compelled her to drop the idea.
It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she decided to become an actress.
One of her friends was an actor, and Seydoux has said I found his life wonderful, I thought, ‘Oh my god, you can travel, you’re free, you can do what you want, you’re the boss.’ She then fell in love with an actor and decided to become an actress to impress him.
She took acting classes at French drama school Les Enfants Terribles, and in 2007 she took further training at New York Actors Studio with Corinne Blue.
In 2005, Seydoux appeared in the music video for Raphael single Ne partons pas faches.
The following year, Seydoux played her first major screen role as one of the main characters in Sylvie Ayme Girlfriends (Mes copines).
She starred in Nicolas Klotz short film La Consolation, which was exhibited at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
In these years, she also did her first work as a model for American Apparel, posing for their Pantytime campaign, and had a role in the films 13 French Street and The Last Mistress.
Seydoux first came to widespread attention in 2008, when she appeared in Christophe Honore The Beautiful Person, a role that earned her the 2009 Chopard Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Upcoming Actress and a Cesar Award nomination for Most Promising Actress.
In 2009 she had a major part in Jessica Hausner Lourdes, and a small role in her first Hollywood film, Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds.
In 2010 she starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott Robin Hood, playing Isabella of Angouleme; other 2010 work includes Louis Garrel Petit Tailleur, and Rebecca Zlotowski Belle Epine, which earned her a second Cesar nomination of Most Promising Actress.
Seydoux auditioned to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the part ultimately went to actress Rooney Mara.
Seydoux recalled in an interview I got upset, but I don’t think I’d be able to do anything to get that part. It was totally against my nature.
I worked hard, but Lisbeth was almost anorexic. I wasn’t like that. Seydoux was chosen, however, to play Gabrielle in Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, whom she calls one of her favorite directors of all time.
There was no casting – Allen was shown pictures of three French actresses and from all he chose Seydoux.
In 2011 she participated in another Hollywood production, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which she played the assassin Sabine Moreau alongside stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner.
After Mission: Impossible, Seydoux returned to French cinema, starring in My Wife Romance (Le Roman de ma femme) and Roses a credit in 2011, and the critically acclaimed Farewell, My Queen and Sister in 2012.
Also in that year, Seydoux played roles in Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, and Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski, both exhibited at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
In 2013, Seydoux was nominated for Best Actress at the 38th Cesar Awards for her role as Sidonie Laborde in Benoît Jacquot Farewell, My Queen. Later that year at Cannes, Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or and the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the prize not just to the director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film two stars, Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos.
In 2014, Seydoux won the Best Actress award at the 19th Lumieres Awards for her role in Blue Is the Warmest Colour and Grand Central.
She was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Cesar Award for Best Actress in the same year. Her role in Blue Is the Warmest Colour earned her raves reviews, numerous accolades, and international attention.
Seydoux co-starred with Vincent Cassel in Beauty and the Beast, a Franco-German romantic fantasy film directed by Christophe Gans.
Her other 2014 films were The Grand Budapest Hotel, a Wes Anderson film in which she cameoed as a maid; and Bertrand Bonello Saint Laurent, in which she played the role of the titular designer muse Loulou de la Falaise.
In 2015, Seydoux starred with Vincent Lindon in Diary of a Chambermaid, a period piece based on Octave Mirbeau novel Le Journal d’une femme de chambre.
The film, which the script was written specifically for Seydoux, marked her second collaboration with Benoît Jacquot, following the 2012 film Farewell, My Queen.
Although the film was screened in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival to mixed reviews, critics were generally receptive to Seydoux performance. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said that it was a fine central performance from Seydoux, while critic Jordan Mintzer wrote that her performance is robust and engaging throughout the film.
Seydoux appears alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in Yorgos Lanthimos English-language debut The Lobster (2015), in which she played the ruthless leader of a group of rebels, the loners, who live in the woods.
The film had its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. She also appears as Madeleine Swann, the Bond girl in the 2015 Spectre, the 24th James Bond film.
In 2016, Seydoux appeared in Xavier Dolan It Only the End of the World, based on Jean-Luc Lagarce play Juste la fin du monde.
In August 2016, it was announced that she is set to star in a sci-fi romance film by Drake Doremus, which co-stars Ewan McGregor.
Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann in the James Bond film No time to die.
The film was postponed worldwide twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is now scheduled for release on 2 April 2021.
She will also star in Wes Anderson’s ensemble comedy-drama The French Dispatch.
She will then play Lizzy in Ildikó Enyedi’s The story of my wife, and later star in the film France by French director Bruno Dumont.
Seydoux has modelled for numerous magazines and brands, but sees herself always as an actress, not as a model.
She participated in the Levi television advert Dangerous Liaison, and has been seen in several photo editorials, including for Vogue Paris, American Vogue, Numero, L’Officiel, CRASH, Another Magazine and W magazine.
She fronted the 2013 campaign for French jewellery line Didier Dubot and appeared in rag and bone Fall 2013 campaign with Michael Pitt.
She also appeared in a erotica pictorial for French men magazine Lui.
In addition, Seydoux and her Blue Is the Warmest Colour co-star Adele Exarchopoulos were featured in Miu Miu 2014 resort ad campaign.
Seydoux advertised for Prada 2012 Resort line; and is the face of its 2013 campaign for the fragrances Prada Candy (shot by Jean-Paul Goude) and Prada Candy L’Eau (directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola), and the 2014 campaign for Prada Candy Florale perfume.
In August 2016, she became the face of a new Louis Vuitton fragrance.
Seydoux and her boyfriend Andre Meyer have a son, Georges, born on 18 January 2017.
In 2016, Seydoux was honoured with the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
She appeared in the 2006 movie Mes copines for her role as Aurore. It was directed by Sylvie Ayme.
She is a foodie but also exercises. She works out with a trainer, who helps her to stay in shape. Every class is different in the sense that like one day she does swimming, so the next day would be dedicated to roller skating. It helps her to stay miles away from boredom, instead keeps her motivated.
Beauty Tip – She always takes a cold shower after a hot bath. She says it helps her to live longer.
Lea Seydoux Favorite Things
Lip Balm – Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream
Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Pur Couture lipstick
Fragrance – Prada Candy perfume
Director – Woody Allen
Lea Seydoux Facts
She started her acting career in 2006.
Her older sister, Camille is her stylist.
She spent her childhood very lonely as her parents divorced when she was three years old and her mom used to live in Africa for the most part and her dad used to be on business tours. Hence, she felt like an orphan.
Due to her family involvement in media, she got to know photographer Nan Goldin, musicians Lou Reed and Mick Jagger and footwear designer Christian Louboutin in her early life.
Her dad wanted her to learn speak English so she was sent to a summer camp in USA. She attended the camp for a consecutive six years.
The actress initially wanted to become an opera singer.
Her family is widely known in France.
In 2013, she appeared in the Vogue (UK) magazine Best Dressed List.
In March 2014, she graced the cover of Vanity Fair 20th Hollywood Issue.